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[OPIRG-EVENTS] FW: Inspiring Women - Journey to Little Rock/ Phantasmagoria- June 7
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Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 3:12 PM
To: Len Bush
Subject: Inspiring Women - Journey to Little Rock/ Phantasmagoria- June 7
Let me know if you can make it to the screening!
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Sat./sam. June 7 juin, 19:00
Canadian Premiere: New 35mm print, re-edited from
JOURNEY TO LITTLE ROCK:
The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown Trickey
Canada 2002, 52 min. Director: Rob Thompson,
Producer: Maria Yongmee Shin
plus PHANTASMAGORIA World premiere
Canada 2003, 11 min. Director: Nena Toth
WHERE: The National Library/ Archives Auditorium,
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
ADMISSION: $6.00 for CFI and SAW Members, Seniors, and
Students (with ID); $9.00 for the general public.
For more information: www.cfi-icf.ca
On September 11, 2001, the Canadian social activist
and a former Ottawa resident Minnijean ("Jean") Brown
Trickey turned 60 years old. In September 1957,
Minnijean and eight other children in Little Rock,
Arkanas, had made history as the first black students
to defy violent white mobs, the governor and the state
milita to de-segregate an all-white school in the
southern United States.
Trained in the non-violence teachings of Martin Luther
King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi, the bravery of the
"Little Rock Nine" became a pivotal point in the U.S.
civil rights history. Their legendary images, being
escorted into the school by 101st Airborne soldiers,
were the first live broadcasts across the early
television sets. Closely followed
for several months by the international media, the
nine young people helped mobilize a fledgling civil
rights struggle into a national people's movement,
inspiring others around the world, including those in
Canada and in South Africa.
When Minnijean was expelled by the school some six
months later, many protested and she became an
international celebrity. And, so began the legacy of
the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, giving
birth to other social movements of the era: anti-war/
peace, women's, environmental, and others.
Minnijean never lost the courage of her convictions.
She moved to Canada in the 1960s, became an organic
farmer in northern Ontario, had six children and
worked for social and environmental justice,
supporting Aboriginal struggles and protecting the
As Minnijean, a life-long educator and activist for
non-violent social change, watched the events of
September 11, 2001 unfold on the day of her personal
milestone, she perhaps more than others saw what the
future would hold.
The documentary of this inspiring woman, JOURNEY TO
LITTLE ROCK: The Untold Story of Minnijean Brown
Tricky, will be screened by the Canadian Film
Institute on June 7, 2003. This will be the Canadian
premiere of the new 35mm print version with Dolby
digital sound, re-edited from digital video since the
events of 9/11.
The new version has screened at festivals in London,
Los Angeles, and New York, and recently at FESPACO,
the biggest festival in Africa, to large sell-out
audiences. The noted African film critic, Jean Servais
Bakyono, hailed it as one of the best films he has
seen to date this year and marveled at its originality
The June 7 screening will be attended by
Minnijean Brown Trickey, Director Rob Thompson and
Producer Maria Yongmee Shin.
The evening will begin with the world premiere of a
short film by Nena Toth, PHANTASMAGORIA, an
imaginative documentary about Anna Edson Taylor the
first woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Nena
Toth will attend the screening.
A question and answer period will follow both films.
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