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Watch Trailer For Award-Winning Race Identity Doc "Colour Me"

by Cynthia Reid
August 3, 2011 9:07 AM
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Here's the trailer for Colour Me, a documentary examining the way we define race. It screened at this year's San Francisco Black Film Festival and won the "Bronze Palm Award" at the 2011 Mexico International Film Festival.

Directed by Sherien Barsoum, the film follows motivational speaker Anthony McLean and his groundbreaking mentorship program for black teens in Brampton, the most demographically changing Canadian city. While challenging his students to analyze and abandon the stereotypes they have accepted, Anthony is forced to critically examine his own identity.

The film is still on the festival circuit but for future updates please check out the film Facebook page HERE or go to

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  • Cynthia | August 8, 2011 12:44 PMReply

    @Hilaryd...Thanks for that correction!

  • Hilaryd | August 8, 2011 12:19 PMReply

    Looks like a great doc. To avoid any confusion, it played at the San Francisco Black Film Festival. SF has many film festivals.

  • WillWright | August 4, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    The trailer promises a film, which dares for a rare sort of candor that'll compel discussions and disputes. This might could be great!

    This is the second Canadian-made documentary I've noticed in the last two years that has confronted prickly questions of "race;" the other was Elizabeth St. Philip's "The Colour of Beauty," about a brown female model trying to break into New York's fashion week.

    Will Wright > | film criticism and analysis about independent, foreign and documentary titles.

  • misha | August 4, 2011 1:41 AMReply

    I'm sorry but I found the use of word, "ghetto" in this trailer very distracting. "Ghetto mindstate?" WTF?

    Reminds me of the piece I read a few years ago. PLEASE READ:

  • Cherish | August 3, 2011 10:57 AMReply

    "Canada has a lot of Blacks who want to be “ghetto” and they come from middle-class w/ zero crime rate in suburban communities."

    You can thank American hip hop culture for that. I remember in 1995 traveling to South America and watching people there throw up gangsta signs, begging me to send them Biggie and Tupac tapes.

    Hell, that phenomenon (middle class Blacks wanting to be ghetto) plagues our own communities. We've payed a huge price.

    Anyway, this doc looks good and I'm interested in seeing this.

  • Mecca | August 3, 2011 9:44 AMReply

    I am gonna check this out the high school that is featured in the trailer is Fletchers Meadow in Brampton, On. Canada has a lot of Blacks who want to be "ghetto" and they come from middle-class w/ zero crime rate in suburban communities.

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