It's been traveling the film festival circuit for about a year now, and it's been almost a year since we profiled it.
An intriguing-looking documentary that hasn't passed my way yet, so I haven't had the opportunity to see it, unfortunately, and would very much like to.
It fits quite nicely into the myriad of discussions we've had, and continue to have, right here on S&A, so I'm sure some of you will find be drawn to it.
Produced by Toronto-based TAZA Media, and its founder Sherien Barsoum, the doc, titled Colour Me, claims to challenge viewers to reexamine how they think about race. The film follows motivational speaker Anthony McLean, who runs a mentorship program for teens in Brampton, said to be the most demographically-changing Canadian city. It is through this journey, while challenging his own students to reconsider the stereotypes they have accepted, that Anthony is forced to examine his own identity.
And further, from the film's website:
Anthony McLean is showing six teens what it means to black. The catch – he’s not sure what it means himself. Motivational speaker Anthony McLean is sick of stereotypes that surround the black community. He’s sick of documentaries that profile “at-risk” youth. He’s sick of persisting rhetoric on the “black struggle.” He wants things to change. So, for five months, Anthony is taking six youth on a journey to discover what it really means to be black. The backdrop to this group’s introspection is Brampton, Ontario – one of Canada’s fastest growing, ethnically dominated suburbs. At its heart is Fletcher’s Meadow high school, which has a seventy percent black student population.
You can read more backstory HERE.
The film has picked up lots of accolades during its festival run, was broadcast on the Documentary Channel last fall, and is also now available for purchase on DVD, for those who haven't seen it and are interested. It's not on Netflix or Amazon yet however, but you can buy your copy directly from the production company, TAZA Media, for $30.
Click HERE to do so.
It's been on an educational screening tour (the last one listed on its website was in March of this year), and it looks like your best bet to see it now is to purchase a copy.
Watch the trailer below for a glimpse at what you'll be getting: