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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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NOV 4, 7:30 PM // One of Ours

  • Canada
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  • Yasmine Mathurin

Includes Q&A with director Yasmine Mathurin

Josiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in an Indigenous family in Calgary. Years later, Josiah’s non-Indigenous ancestry sees him disqualified from an Indigenous basketball tournament, depriving him of the chance to play the game he deeply loves and creating national news in the process. In the aftermath of this hurtful rejection, he embarks on the difficult path of healing from his past to find his footing in the world. A Top 10 Audience Favourite and winner of the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2021, this honest portrayal of identity and complicated family dynamics boldly asks us to create space for non-linear paths to self-acceptance, while revealing the empowering experience of being accepted and loved by your community.

Live post-screening discussion with director Yasmine Mathurin, and For Viola programmers Dawnalda Brennan and Julian Carrington.

Meet the For Viola series programmers

Past films…

  • Chinatown Rising (D: Harry Chuck, Josh Chuck; USA)
  • Don’t Go Tellin’ Your Momma (D: Simon Davis, Jason Sondock, Topaz Jones; USA, Germany, France, Italy)
  • 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)
  • No Visible Trauma (D: Marc Serpa Francoeur, Robinder Uppal; 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 Celebrate Ontario
  • logo telefilm