C'est Moi, a short Black Canadian film directed by emerging Toronto filmmaker Howard J. Davis and starring Montréal native Jenny Brizard as Marie-Josèphe Angélique has just announced its initial screenings.
The film is screening at the inaugural, Cosmic Film Festival Feb 17-19; The reputable, Hollywood Black Film Festival Feb 22-26; and the honourable, Women in Media - Newark Women's History Month Film Festival March 29-April 5th.
C'est Moi is about the collision of the past as it meets the present in the forgotten story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a figure of Black Canadian History and her efforts to fight against slavery in 18th Century New France (Nowaday Montréal). On Friday, June 21, 1734, Marie-Josèphe Angélique was tried, tortured and sentenced to death for burning down the city. Her story has been forgotten in history. Did she set the fire? Or was she the scapegoat for blame? A Joan of Arc in her own right Marie-Joseph Angélique was an emblem of resilience against slavery in Canada and her story has exposed the underbelly of Canada’s dark secrets.
Director Howard J. Davis says "C'est Moi is about the unearthing of a dark past and the death and demolition of our modern cultural identity through the voice of one significant figure in Black Canadian history. As a man of mixed race, I am the lovechild of a large history of injustice, intolerance and of racial discrimination."
His hope is that the film can have some screenings at home in Canada and that this film will open up the door to shed light on all of our marginalized histories in order that we may venture forward to being more tolerant and accepting of one another.
Upcoming screenings are announced at www.cestmoifilm.com.
WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT C’EST MOI
"A reminder of the many forgotten incidences of racial injustices that pepper Canada’s past..."
PAULINE NESBITT (The Concordian)
“Any trace of history that we may not like has disappeared from our collective consciousness...”
KELLY BEDARD (My Entertainment World.ca)
"C’est Moi is the history lesson you never had..."
PREMILA D'SA (Ryersonfolio)
"Unearthing an important story from Canadian history"
NICK WAGERSKY (Hollywood North Magazine)
“C’est Moi is a poetic meditation on a fragment of neglected history.”
by CLIVE DAVIS (The London Times, Sunday Times)