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A reliable narrator 

Winston Washington Moxam's narrative films uncover important stories and experiences of the black Canadian experience.

click to enlarge The late Winston Washington Moxam retrospective will be at Carbon Arc Cinema.
  • The late Winston Washington Moxam retrospective will be at Carbon Arc Cinema.

The first time Winnepeg Film Group curator Scott Birdwise saw the late Winston Washington Moxam's films it was with enthusiasm. "I was instantly struck by how they unapologetically tackle tricky questions about race, class, and gender in Canada," says Birdwise. "From documentary short fiction and features, including the historical drama Billy, [these] are truly 'popular films' in the best sense of that word: they are narrative-driven films about people from culturally diverse backgrounds and the different struggles that define them and, hopefully, unite them." Travelling cross-country to Carbon Arc for African Heritage Month the two screenings (the shorts The Other Side (1992), The Barbeque (1993) and Sand (1999) at 7pm; the feature Billy at 9pm) will make you think. "Moxam's films remember and uncover important stories and experiences that are part of the black Canadian experience," he says. "An experience intimately connected to Canada as a whole."

Friday Feb 8, Carbon Arc Cinema, 1747 Summer Street, $7, 7pm, 9pm

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