Intercultural Film Series #3: Speakers for the Dead


Join us for a screening of Speakers for the Dead, written and directed by Jennifer Holness & David Sutherland, followed by a discussion.

This film follows a rural Ontario town where descendants of the original settlers come together to restore a cemetery. What they unearth is disturbing truths about the treatment of the Black settlers in their community.

Short synopsis (NFB’s): “This documentary reveals some of the hidden history of Blacks in Canada. In the 1930s in rural Ontario, a farmer buried the tombstones of a Black cemetery to make way for a potato patch. In the 1980s, descendants of the original settlers, Black and White, came together to restore the cemetery, but there were hidden truths no one wanted to discuss. Deep racial wounds were opened. Scenes of the cemetery excavation, interviews with residents and re-enactments—including one of a baseball game where a broken headstone is used for home plate—add to the film’s emotional intensity.”