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For Viola

A screening series centering Black, Indigenous, and People Of Colour (BIPOC)-led stories and filmmakers, named in honour of Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond.

To minimize barriers to audience participation, this series will always be free of charge. However, we ask that you consider a $10 donation in recognition of the value of work presented and to honour Viola Desmond (featured on the $10 banknote). As a non-profit, Hot Docs relies of donations; and half of the donations from this series will be shared with the filmmakers, who also receive screening fees.

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Who Was Viola Desmond?
Viola Desmond (1914–1965) was a Black Nova Scotian entrepreneur and pioneer in the struggle against anti-Black racism in Canada. In 1946, Desmond was arrested and jailed when she refused to leave the whites-only seating area of a Nova Scotia cinema and was subsequently convicted and fined. In one of the first known legal challenges to racial segregation in Canada, she fought to overturn her conviction. She received a posthumous pardon from the Nova Scotia government in 2010.

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No Visible Trauma

No Visible Trauma

  • Canada
  • 98
  • Marc Serpa Francoeur
  • Robinder Uppal

Includes post-film Q&A with filmmakers.


Amid a global reckoning with systemic racism, policing and inequality, this searing exposé urges us to examine the consequences of police violence in our own backyard. Despite its relatively low crime rates, Calgary has more officer-involved shootings than any city in Canada, and in 2018 it had more fatal police shootings than either Chicago or New York. Calgary-born-and-raised filmmakers Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal deftly unravel the intertwining stories of three individuals who were the victims of extreme force at the hands of police officers, exposing a criminal justice system that has failed to hold its officers accountable.

Featuring a special post-film Q&A with co-directors Marc Serpa Francoeur and Robinder Uppal, hosted by For Viola programmers Dawnalda Brennan and Julian Carrington.

Meet the For Viola series programmers

Past films…

  • In My Blood It Runs (D: Maya Newell, Australia)
  • Is the Crown at war with us? (D: Alanis Obomsawin, Canada)
  • Lessons Injustice (D: Karen Chapman, Canada)
  • Unarmed Verses (D: Charles Officer, Canada)
  • Two Gods (D: Zeshawn Ali, USA)

For Viola is supported by


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Presenting Platinum Partner

  • logo Scotia Wealth Management

Founding Partner

  • logo Rogers

Signature Partner

  • Logo Cbc Gem

Presenting Partners

  • logo Crave
  • logo Netflix

Major Supporters

  • logo telefilm
  • logo tourism_Celebrate-Ontario