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Race is a Four Letter Word

Synopsis
Directed by Sobaz Benjamin, who was brought up in England and moved to Grenada before settling in Canada. He highlights some conflicts around race, heroically exposing himself in the process: a black man who grew up trying to bleach his skin with chemicals, and then struggled to appreciate the meaning of his heritage. Also shown is a white man who is culturally and psychologically black, having been brought up by a black family, a black woman who wants to be considered iconically Canadian, and another black woman who retreats to England rather than continue to face Canada’s racial cold war.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Year of release
2011
Year of production
2010
Subjects
Social Studies; Psychology
Keywords
racial identity; social psychology; racism

Credits

Director
Sobaz Benjamin
Contributor
Sobaz Benjamin

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£29.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
56 minutes
Year
2011

Production Company

Name

National Film Board of Canada

Contact
Penny Rampado (Sales & Market Development Manager)
Email
p.rampado@bfb.ca
Web
http://www.nfb.ca External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 514 496 3952
Address
3155 Cote-de-Liesse Road
Montreal
Quebec
H4N 2N4
Canada

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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