Black and African Studies at UTM and the Cinema Studies Institute invite you to join us February 16th for an online screening of Clement Virgo's RUDE (1995), the first Canadian feature film written, produced, and directed by an all-Black team. The Canadian Film Centre describes this landmark film as "a surreal, vivid triptych of three characters struggling for redemption on an Easter weekend in a stylized inner-city... This triad of tales is riveted together by the provocative tirades of Rude, a sultry young woman, whose smoky voice and mystical persona power the local pirate radio channel." The film explores themes of Black urban life, queerness, diasporic identities, policing, love, and loss, animated by a captivating soundtrack that ranges from reggae to gospel music.
After the film, we welcome you to a panel discussion and Q&A with filmmaker Clement Virgo, and discussants Professor Beverly Bain and Dr. Lauren Cramer.