A great celebration

As part of Black History Month

For its 6th edition

Fade to Black is back with a diversified comprehensive program that combines cinema, discussions and more ...
for a great celebration of Black History Month!!!


Friday, February 24, 2017 – 12PM to 1:30PM
Salle Jean Despres (CBC Building)
Free admission (reservations required)

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Tell Them We Are Rising:
The Story of Black Colleges and Universities
Saturday, February 25, 2016 – 7PM
Université Concordia Théatre H110
1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
$15 in advance ($20 at the door)

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Fade to Black is happy to present a movie-discussion about the black colleges and universities. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film director Stanley Nelson via Skype.

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – 7PM - $15 in advance ($20 at the door)
Université Concordia Théatre H110
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal (QC), H3G 1M8

Co-presented by:

Tell Them We Are Rising:
The Story of Black Colleges and Universities

Official Selection:

  • 2017 Sundance Film Festival
  • 2017 Toronto Black film Festival

Stanley Nelson – USA - 80’ – English with no Subtitles

A haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries—and path of promise toward the American dream—Black colleges and universities have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. They have been unapologetically Black for 150 years. For the first time ever, their story is told.

Tell Them We Are Rising is an unprecedented documentary film and interactive platform that captures the vibrant, moving and complex 150-year history of HBCUs. The documentary will use original material and accounts to tell an intimate story of Americans who would not be denied a higher education, demonstrating how HBCUs have influenced generations of Americans and shaped the landscape of the USA.

“To tell this important and complex story, it is essential that our documentary highlights personal accounts, letters, diaries, photographs, and even home movies of the people who have lived the HBCU experience” - Stanley Nelson

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film director

Stanley Nelson is an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama in August 2014. Nelson has directed and produced numerous acclaimed films, including Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders and The Murder of Emmett Till.

Q&A with director via Skype


Conference in french

Friday, February 24, 2017 – 12PM to 1:30PM
Free admission (reservations required)
Salle Jean Despres (CBC Building)
1400 René-Lévesque Blvd E, Montreal (QC), H2L 2M2

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The new Fade to Black round table emphasizes the role of two leading figures from Montreal’s black community, focusing on the economy, resources, and empowerment.

Kerlande Mibel, founder of the first International Black Economic Forum, Fabienne Colas, founding president of the Fabienne Colas Foundation and seven international festivals, including the Toronto and Montreal Black Film festivals, and Dwight Best, founding president of Réseau ACSion (African Caribbean Student Network), will talk about the need to include talent from diverse backgrounds in cultural, economic, and social professions, and the advantages of doing so during the lunch break. They’ll draw a picture of the economic potential of the black population and the new trends in wealth creation.

This public round table encourages people to talk directly to CBC/Radio-Canada employees, executives, and managers, pays attention to the importance of representing diversity in wide-ranging media and cultural institutions, and highlights the unknown wealth diversity-driven networks can spread to large-scale businesses.

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  • Fabienne Colas

    Founding president of the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal and Toronto Black Film Festivals, and the Haïti en folie festivals in Montreal and New York City

  • Dwight Best

    Fondateur et président du Réseau ACSion (African Caribbean Student Network)

  • Kerlande Mibel

    International Black Economic Forum founder


Presented by TD, FADE TO BLACK is a multidisciplinary program that celebrates the Black History Month through movies, music and dance, in collaboration with the Montreal International Black Film Festival. Fade to Black's theme: "Getting to Know each other better is the best way to avoid misunderstandings".

Created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, a non-profit artistic organisation dedicated to promoting Cinema, Art and Culture here and abroad, FADE TO BLACK helps to remember the past, understand the present and better prepare the future through films, music, dance and so much more.


  • Encouraging openness to diversity;
  • Promoting intercultural understanding between the people of Quebec;
  • Promoting a better understanding of Black culture;
  • Promoting a better understanding of the realities of black communities;
  • Creating opportunities to meet, discover, share, blend styles through entertainment.

Past editions: 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


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