Cinema Politica Distribution and Catbird Productions are presenting Dear Jackie, the debut feature documentary by filmmaker Henri Pardo. A cinematic letter to baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Dear Jackie offers a historical and social perspective on racism. Dear Jackie will open in theatres on June 17 in Montreal at Cinéma du Musée, the Cinémathèque québécoise, Cinéma Public and Cinéma Moderne, including special screenings with filmmaker Henri Pardo in attendance.
SCREENING-EVENTS SCHEDULE – WITH FILMMAKER HENRI PARDO IN ATTENDANCE
Cinéma Public (505 Jean-Talon St. East)
Friday, June 17 at 6 p.m. – Screening in English
Sunday, June 19 at 3:30 p.m. – Screening in French
Cinéma du Musée (1379-A Sherbrooke St. West)
Saturday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. – Screening in English
Sunday, June 19 at 7 p.m. – Screening in French
Cinémathèque québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve Blvd. East)
Saturday, June 18 at 4 p.m. – Screening in French
Cinéma Moderne (5150 St-Laurent Blvd.)
Saturday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. – Screening in French
Dear Jackie is a cinematic letter to Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in Major League Baseball, after a stint with the minor-league Montreal Royals, and a civil rights activist in the United States. When, in 1946, Robinson broke the colour barrier in Major League Baseball, the impossible seemed possible in a segregated North America. But did Montrealers use this historic moment to perpetuate a myth of a post-racial society? The film addresses Robinson directly and connects history with the present in its focus on the vibrant Black community in Little Burgundy, once known as the “Harlem of the North,” while drawing thought-provoking parallels between the two eras. Through eloquent interviews, testimonies, and powerful vérité moments in black and white, Dear Jackie paints a portrait of racism and racial inequality in Montreal and Quebec as a whole. The film unfolds as an intimate correspondence, presenting a unique historical and social perspective that unravels the myth of a post-racial Quebec society.
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