RCtv 2021: Black and Indigenous Realities in Canada

Every year, thousands of students from across the country take part in RCtv, a live interactive webcast featuring Q&A’s with Canadian actors and directors, online polls and quizzes.

This year, RCtv centres on Black and Indigenous experiences.  And because this conversation is important and relevant for all Canadians, we’re opening it up to general audiences starting at 2:00 pm EDT, immediately following the live event. Inequality and racism has rightly been in the spotlight around the world this past year and we hope to look at it through a uniquely Canadian lens by examining to what degree anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism do and do not intersect.  We hope this youth-focussed discussion will spark thoughtful conversation around these important subjects across the country.

Featuring Charles Officer, award-winning director of Mighty Jerome, and Sonia Bonspille Boileau, whose recent feature Rustic Oracle garnered a CSA nomination for Best Actress. With hosts Garvia Bailey and Jason Ryle.

Watch two important Canadian films and hear our youth take part in this meaningful dialogue with the filmmakers and their peers.


How It Works

  • The two films will be available for 48 hours starting first thing on April 21. 
  • At 2:00pm EDT on April 21, immediately following the live school event, you’ll receive the link to view the discussion on YouTube (available indefinitely).

Live Q&A with Directors Charles Officer and Sonia Bonspille Boileau. Moderated by Garvia Bailey and Jason Ryle.


About the Films

Mighty Jerome

Harry Jerome, a Black Canadian athlete, was the country’s most promising track star during a time of political turmoil and racial conflict, when a life-changing leg injury led everyone to believe that his racing days were over. A triumphant story of courage and redemption.

Rustic Oracle

In this heartfelt feature, 8-year-old Ivy is trying to understand what happened to her big sister after she vanished from their small Mohawk community. A story of hope, growth, awakening and love.

Special Guests

Charles Officer is a Genie award-winning Toronto filmmaker and former athlete from Toronto. Trained at the Canadian Film Centre, he has directed the feature docs The Skin We’re In, Unarmed Verses, and many more. Known for his striking visuals, Officer’s latest feature Akilla’s Escape premiered at TIFF to critical acclaim.

Sonia Bonspille Boileau is a Kanien’kehá:ka and Québécois filmmaker, and a graduate of Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. She has developed and produced television projects in both English and French, ranging from children’s programming to socially driven documentaries, to the psychological thriller Le Dep.

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If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to contactus@reelcanada.ca