SuperWomen: Conversations with the Real Action Figures
Midi Onodera in conversation with Sylvia D. Hamilton
Sylvia D. Hamilton:
Sylvia D. Hamilton is a Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer and artist raised in Beechville,
a community established in Nova Scotia, by free Black Refugee-Survivors from the War of 1812. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Speak It: From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia, Portia White: Think On Me and The Little Black School House, among others. They have been broadcast in Canada and screened at festivals at home and abroad and are widely used in schools and universities. And I Alone Escaped to Tell You was short-listed for a 2015 League of Canadian Poets Award and was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award. Excavation/Here We Are Here, her multi-media installation, has been shown at galleries and museums in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec and Ontario. In 1990 she co-created New Initiatives in Film (NIF), a program within the National Film Board’s Studio D, to provide filmmaking opportunities for women of colour and Indigenous women filmmakers. She chaired the Board of the Women’s Television Network Foundation (WIMF) as well as many arts-related juries. She’s held memberships and board/committee positions in a variety of local and national organizations including the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) and the Canada Council’s Racial Equity Committee.
Hamilton's recognitions include a Gemini, the CBC Television Pioneer Award and three honorary degrees. She holds a BA from Acadia University and an MA from Dalhousie University. She has taught at Mount Saint Vincent and Acadia Universities and has lectured at universities across Canada. She recently retired as Roger's Chair in Communications at the University of King's College in Halifax and was named an Inglis Professor. She is the 2019 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award.
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