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Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia Hamilton

Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her award-winning documentary films. She produced and directed Portia White: Think on Me, a documentary about the pioneering Canadian contralto Portia White. She was a contributor to and co-editor of We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History. Her current documentary, The Little Black School House, explores the little known subject of segregated Black schools in Canada. She teaches part-time in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax.

“I am somebody”: Black youth and the search for identity.

Filmmaker Sylvia D. Hamilton explores the ongoing search by Black youth for reflections of themselves in their school and society. She also reflects on the lessons about discrimination contained in her mother’s stories.

Black Mother Black Daughter
1989, director: Sylvia Hamilton, Claire Prieto

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Filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton interviews her mother, Marie Hamilton, concerning discrimination. When she went to join the work force, Marie found that Black women were not admitted to nurse's training. Changing direction, she became a teacher in the Black community of North Preston, Nova Scotia. The importance of the church in Black communities is emphasized, and an outdoor baptism is filmed.

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