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Reel Justice

May 8, 2017 | 7:00 pm8:30 pm

| Free

A Curated Program of Short Films

Reel Justice returns for a 3rd year to present a selection of short films examining issues of social justice that affect our community. This year’s selection includes works by local filmmakers who celebrate home, roots and belonging in a way that challenges common narratives about Nova Scotia.

The screening will include films by KeKe Beatz & MAJE, Raghed Charabaty, Sylvia Hamilton, Guyleigh Johnson, Koumbie, Ariella Pahlke and Stephanie Young.

2017 Program

Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

(29 min)
Sylvia Hamilton, 1992

In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism. They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.


(14 min)
KeKeBeatz & MAJE, 2016

Rap artist Michael Earle, also known as MAJE, and director KeKeBeatz reveal the pride and resilience that shine through stories of violence in East Preston.

Tipping Point

(7 min)
Stephanie Young, 2016

A painfully-shy barista must overcome their own self-doubt when they start crushing on a customer who turns out to be a not-so-shy burlesque performer.


(12 min)
Raghed Charabaty, 2016

As her childhood friend immigrates to Canada and visits her with news from home in Syria, Deema is haunted by a pain from her past that she must face.

Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You Remember)

(14 min)
Ariella Pahlke, 2016

This short doc examines how artist Ursula Johnson deconstructs and manipulates the function and image of Mi’kmaw basketry in an effort to preserve, remember, and build upon the traditional art form.

Conversations with Coretta

(4.5 min)
Guyleigh Johnson, 2016

Johnson reads from her book “Expect the Unexpected.” Through her poem she speaks to Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,  and reflects on being a Black woman.

Hustle & Heart

(12 min)
Koumbie, 2016

A film about friendship, sexuality and longing that takes place on the football field.


(3 min)
KeKeBeatz & MAJE, 2016

“I know the system don’t love you, but keep love in your heart.” Music video for MAJE’s single Smile featuring Cunny Ross.

Presented in partnership with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television & Radio Actors – Maritimes and Halifax Public Libraries





May 8, 2017
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax
1 (902) 223-8341
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Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road
Halifax, NS B3J 1E9 Canada
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1 (902) 490-5706
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