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Celebrating “Bold, Black, Risk-Takers”, An Evening Honouring The Book of Negroes

In celebration of Black History Month, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), together with Conquering Lion Pictures, the CBC and TD, are pleased to present a special evening honouring The Book of Negroes, the seminal piece of literature from Lawrence Hill and its adaptation as the highly anticipated television mini-series from director and co-writer Clement Virgo, co-writer Lawrence Hill and executive producer Damon D’Oliveira, starring Aunjanue Ellis.

An Evening Honouring The Book of Negroes will celebrate these two formative pieces of work and the creative talent behind them. Hosted by the CBC’s Matt Galloway, the event will feature a 45-minute onstage conversation with author and series co-writer Lawrence Hill, co-writer and director Clement Virgo and series lead Aunjanue Ellis, as they discuss the creative process of transforming the book for the screen. Following the conversation and Q&A, there will be an advance screening of the series’ fifth episode and a sneak peek of the series finale, courtesy of CBC Television, BET, Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idlewild Films.


The event is free of charge and open to the public – tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite.

An Evening Honouring The Book of Negroes
Conversation and Q&A with creators and lead actress, followed by episode 5 screening

Aunjanue Ellis
, series lead as character “Aminata Diallo”
Clement Virgo, co-writer and director
Lawrence Hill, Author, The Book of Negroes and series co-writer

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1
350 King Street West, Toronto

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