Nadine Valcin is one of five filmmakers chosen to direct a 'Racism at Work' short. Nadine's film, entitled STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE, will recount the story of Michael McKinnon, an Aboriginal correctional services officer who was a victim of discrimination in the workplace. The film will chronicle Michael's 17-year battle for justice and began production in June 2006.
Born in Montreal and now based in Toronto, Nadine fell in love with cinema after earning a degree in architecture. For the past decade, she has written, directed and produced television programs and magazines. Intrigued by cultural-identity and mixed-race issues, she took on her first film as an independent producer in 1996. MODULATIONS, an experimental project, was followed by the documentary BLACK, BOLD, AND BEAUTIFULl (1999), which picked up an honorable mention at the prestigious Columbus International Film and Video Festival before being adopted into university programs in women's studies and African-American studies. Completed just after a series of shorts based on poetic texts, A SCHOOL WITHOUT BORDERS (2005) delves into Nadine's questions about the education system and the process of integrating cultural minorities. The filmmaker is now preparing a short fiction film rooted in historical fact. FIRE recounts the story of a slave accused of burning down half of Montreal in the 18th century. (09/09)
Black, Bold and Beautiful: Black Women's Hair
Directed by Nadine Valcin and Produced by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, 1999, 40 min., Color
Afros, braids or corn rows--hairstyles have always carried a social message, and few issues cause as many battles between black parents and their daug...