Rocky and Joan
ProducersOlesya Shyvikova White Lelou Media
- Release Date 2021
- Running Time 27 minutes
- Closed Captions No
- Availability Canada
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This films explores an unknown part of the Canadian history. It takes place in Nova Scotia, where a man and a woman of African descent, Rocky and Joan Jones, started the Civil Rights Movement and the Black United Front. They were the Black Panthers of Nova Scotia fighting against Canadian racism, polite and subtle, but yet traumatizing. At some point Rocky and Joan were considered the most influential Black activists in Canada. The documentary takes you from 1960s all the way to 2020, exploring racial profiling and segregation in African Nova Scotian community.
I loved writing as a little girl, always daydreaming, writing stories in my head. When the time came to decide what I was going to study at a post-secondary level, the choice was obvious – journalism, a career that would allow me to tell stories about people and places in the most authentic and impactful way. My father said "No”. He added that with a loud voice like mine this career would get me killed in the nearest dark alley. Sounds strange for Canada, but made total sense for a post-Soviet Ukraine. I went on and got an MA degree in West Asian Studies, lived in Egypt for countless years and eventually came to Canada in 2013. My dream of storytelling has never left me. And here I am almost 10 years later, walking on a path of a documentary filmmaker. It is full of roadblocks and setbacks, it's not for the fainthearted. But when you are a storyteller, you know, stories have their own mind and they demand to be told. I am an immigrant, I have an accent and a long hard to pronounce name. It was natural for me to gravitate to the racialized underrepresented communities. Their stories captivated me. I could relate. So all of the films I have directed and produced are about people who are left out of privilege.
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