From the early 1900s to the 1960s, the East Side neighbourhood of Strathcona was home to Vancouver’s first and only black community.
The ten video stories of the BlackStrathcona media project celebrate some of the remarkable people and places that made the community vibrant and unique.
Stories like Jimi and Nora, featuring musician Jimi Hendrix who as a boy lived in Strathcona with his grandmother in the late 1940s, and Vie’s Chicken and Steaks, featuring Vie Moore who ran a soul food haven on Union Street frequented by both locals and big name celebrities like Billie Holiday and Sammie Davis Jr.
The stories of BlackStrathcona can be accessed via the website or they can be experienced interactively by visiting the Strathcona neighbourhood. By using the website to display a map and by following markers, the video stories can be downloaded to a mobile device and viewed where the stories took place and where they were recorded.
Presented by Creative Cultural Collaborations Society in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre, the Arts Club, and City of Vancouver. This screening is sponsored by the Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Helen Lawrence where Hogan's Alley plays a central character.
When Moses Woke
DIR Seth-Adrian Harris / Canada, 2006, 48 min.
Winner of the Gemini Award for Best Direction of a Performing Arts Program, When Moses Woke is a dramatic masterpiece inspired by the collective experiences of Harriet Tubman and many Freedom Seekers who traveled to Canada through the Underground Railroad.
This debut film of writer, director, producer, Seth-Adrian Harris is the original upliftment of their journeys told through Afro-modern dance, poetic realism, and the music of resilience and triumph performed by Canada’s national treasure, Jackie Richardson. Through a weaving of dream sequences, we are taken on a great voyage with a woman named Moses whose spiritual awakening becomes the beacon of Hope for all seekers on the quest for freedom.
Seth-Adrian Harris – Biography (Short Form)
Seth-Adrian Harris is a passionate Jamaican-born filmmaker who grew up in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. He uses poetry and media to inform, educate, entertain and engage the heart of every breath-making life force that knows there is much to discover in the power of the smallest existence. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Gemini Award for Best Direction of a Performing Arts Program from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for his television movie, When Moses Woke. His powerful documentary, Catatonia’s Incantations, won him the 2005 World Gold Medal for Best Health/Medical Promotion Program at the New York Festivals and in 2002 his film Back won the Vision Award for Best Direction at the Vancouver Videopoem Festival. When asked about his cinematic style, he replies that “filmmaking is the art of transformation.” Mr. Harris is a loving husband and father who lives and works in Toronto, Canada.