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Rent or own NFB’s acclaimed NFB feature doc Ninth Floor on NFB.ca and iTunes, starting May 17. Named to Canada’s Top Ten, film explores Montreal’s infamous “Sir George Williams Riot”


May 17, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Exploring a watershed moment in Montreal race relations history, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) acclaimed feature Ninth Floor debuts on NFB.ca and iTunes (Canada and the U.S.) on May 17, 2016, for download-to-own (DTO) and video-on-demand (VOD).

Premiering online after a critically acclaimed run at film festivals across Canada, Ninth Floor is written and directed by award-winning Vancouver Mina Shum. This 81-minute feature documentary revisits the infamous 1969 Sir George Williams Riot―an event that began quietly when a group of Caribbean students started to suspect their professor of racism, but ended in the most explosive student uprising Canada had ever known.

The May 17 launch of Ninth Floor on NFB.ca coincides with the announcement by Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) that Shum has been named the winner of its 2016 Artistic Achievement Award, to be presented June 20 in Vancouver as part of WIFTV’s Spotlight Awards honouring people who’ve made a difference in B.C.’s film industry. It’s the latest accolade for Shum and Ninth Floor, which was named to Canada’s Top Ten by the Toronto International Film Festival.

Ninth Floor is produced by Selwyn Jacob and executive produced by Shirley Vercruysse for the NFB.

Quick Facts

Mina Shum’s first feature, the NFB-co-produced Double Happiness (1994), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Feature Film and the Toronto Metro Media Prize. Shum’s second and third features—Drive, She Said (1997) and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (2002)—also premiered at TIFF. Her short films include Me, Mom and Mona, which won a Special Jury Citation at the 1993 Toronto Film Festival, and, most recently, I Saw You (2013).


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