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Title: Black Soul/Âme noire
Director: Chartrand, Martine
Year: 2000
Length: 09 min 47 s

BLACK SOUL is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black History. As an old lady initiates her grandson into his past, a series of perpetually transforming images painted directly under the animation camera unfolds before our eyes. In a mesmerizing swirl of light and colour, the boy traces his ancestry to mighty Pharaohs, and to valiant kings whose praises are sung by a griot beneath the baobab tree. Suddenly, the beating of drums conjures forth the slave market and far-flung exile. At long last, rocked by the rhythms of gospel and jazz, the boy makes his way from the lush Caribbean to the snows of the Americas. A film without words.

Direction
Martine Chartrand

Script
Martine Chartrand

Animation
Martine Chartrand

Camera
Martine Chartrand

Picture editing
Fernand Bélanger

Sound editing
Fernand Bélanger

Original music
Oliver Jones

Original music
Lilison T.S. Cordeiro

Music - interpretation
Oliver Jones

Music - interpretation
Victor Angelillo

Music - interpretation
Richard Beaudet

Music - interpretation
Ronald Di Lauro

Music - interpretation
Wali Muhammad

Music - interpretation
Richard Ring

Music - interpretation
Lilison T.S. Cordeiro

Music - interpretation
Daniel Bellegarde

Music - interpretation
Nathalie Dussault

Music - interpretation
Sylvain Quesnel

Music - interpretation
Bruno Rouyère

Music - interpretation
Robert Lépine

Soloist
Ranee Lee

Soloist
Léontily R.S. Cordeiro

Singers - director
Marcia Bailey

Singer
Anita Allen

Singer
Vivienne Dean

Singer
Dalours Thornhill

Singer
Cheryl Thornhill

Singer
Mac Thornhill

Singer
Freddie James

Dancer
Boütz

Dancer
Kris Bennett

Dancer
Rebecka Douglas

Dancer
Nandi Cox

Recording
Diane Carrière

Foley artist
Jérôme Décarie

Foley assistant
Nicolas Gagnon

Sound engineer
Shaun-Nicholas Gallagher

Sound engineer
Benoît Leduc

Music recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Music recording - assistance
Sylvain Cajelais

Music recording - assistance
Patrick Viegas

Re-recording
Serge Boivin

Re-recording
Jean Paul Vialard

Titles
Gaspard Gaudreau

Titles
Val Teodori

Special consultant
Paul Fehmiu-Brown

Storyboard consultant
Pierre Sylvestre

Administration
Maryse Chapdelaine

Administration assistant
Diane Regimbald

Administration assistant
Louisette Goyette

Administration assistant
Diane Martindale

Administration assistant
Micheline Michaud

Technical coordination
Andrée Delagrave

Marketing officer
Michèle Bélanger

Marketing officer
Julie Roy

Assistant to the producer
Francine Langdeau

Producer
Yves Leduc

Producer
Pierre Hébert

Producer
Marcel Jean

Technique(s) used

Various experiments

Painting on glass