Cultural Diversity

People from many national backgrounds meet in Canada. This gives us a remarkable cultural richness but sometimes creates problems in communication and coexistence.

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Encounter at Kwacha House-Halifax

Encounter at Kwacha House-Halifax 1

Encounter at Kwacha House-Halifax 2


The Newcomers

The Newcomers 1

Encounter at Kwacha House-Halifax

1967, Director: Rex Tasker

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About This Film

Short Description

A discussion between black and white youths at the interracial club in Halifax, touching on racial discrimination in employment, housing, education and interpersonal relations.


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