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[OPIRG-EVENTS] reminder - Ottawa Premiere - Journey to Little Rock - July 7th

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For its Ottawa premiere, The Canadian Film Institute is presenting Journey
To Little Rock in association with North East Productions, the Ottawa
company which produced the Film.

National Archives Auditorium
395 Wellington St.
2 screenings
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 general public; $5 seniors and youth under 15

The Ottawa Premiere of JOURNEY TO LITTLE ROCK
Released in May of 2001, Journey To Little Rock: The Untold Story Of
Minnijean Brown Trickey is a 1-hour documentary that has already become a
success on the festival circuit!
Produced by Ottawa Filmmakers, Journey To Little Rock had its world premier
at Canada's own Hot Docs International Documentary Festival in Toronto last
month and has been accepted into festivals and screenings in Vancouver,
Washington and New York.
This documentary tells the story of Minnijean Brown Trickey , a unique
At sixteen, she was one of the Little Rock Nine --- the nine black teenagers
in Arkansas who defied death threats, the National Guard and the Governor to
attend an all-white high school in 1957.
At twenty-two, she was active in the non-violence movement for civil rights
and for peace. She met and married a fellow student activist and later moved
to Canada.
At twenty-eight, she moved to Northern Ontario where she learned to raise
animals, farmed the land by hand, and gave birth at home to five of her six
At forty-seven, she was supporting Native peoples' fight for their rights,
protesting to save the environment, and working towards equality for all.
At fifty-eight, she received the Congressional Gold Medal from President
Bill Clinton.
This documentary features the music of Sarah Vaughan, Bruce Cockburn and
SIFA; it contains rarely seen archival footage; exclusive footage of the
Little Rock Nine at the 1997 commemoration of the 40th anniversary, and
powerful moments from The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Journey to Little Rock is scheduled for broadcast on VISION TV, KNOWLEDGE
SASKATCHEWAN TELEVISION NETWORK. It is being distributed by Filmwest
Associates in Canada and Filmmakers Library in the US.
The Toronto screening generated a great deal of interest from the media
including: The Mike Bullard Show, Canada AM, Global's Bynon Show, the black
media (FLOW, SHARE, PRIDE) and a host of internet TV shows for young
audiences. Ms. Brown Trickey's "Lunch with Jan Wong" will be coming out soon
in the Globe & Mail.
The director of this documentary is Ottawa's own Rob Thompson, best known
for CAGED, an event which garnered international headlines when he offered
two people $5,000 to live like battery hens for one week.
Producer MARIA YONGMEE SHIN, also from Ottawa, was an award-winning
researcher and writer on race relations and minority women before she began
filmmaking. She has also served as the Executive Director of the Canadian
Ethnocultural Council. This film is her first major project and is the story
of her long-time friend, Ms. Minnijean Brown Trickey.
Minnijean Brown Trickey, Rob Thompson and Maria Shin will attend the
screening and participate in a question and answer session at the close.
For more information and to receive a press kit please call:
Maria Shin
North East Productions
tel (613) 234-8544; fax (613) 234-8385; email noreast@cyberus.ca

Journey To Little Rock has been partially funded or supported by the
Department of Canadian Heritage - Multiculturalism, Rogers Documentary Fund,
Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund, National Film Board of Canada,
Vision TV, Canadian Autoworkers, Canadian Labour Congress, among others.

Here is what people have said about the documentary:
"It's a beautiful film and should be seen by everyone."
D.A. Pennebaker, Director of DON'T LOOK BACK, THE WAR ROOM and MOON OVER
"Unbelievably evocative and haunting..."
Janis F. Kearney, Diarist and Historian, Office of Former President William
J. Clinton
"I was really moved by the film. It's an important piece of work and an
inspiring portrait."
Cameron Bailey, Film Critic
"I stayed up through the night and watched it five times in a row. I need
someone like Minnijean in my life!"
Cecilia, Canada, Living on the streets in Ottawa and Toronto

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