Human Rights on Screen: Freedom Swell

Mar 14, 2024

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), the Commission is inviting Nova Scotians to watch the documentary film Freedom Swell about a community surf program for youth of African descent from a historic Black community in Halifax. The film will be available for a limited time, free online screening in partnership with the Atlantic International Film Festival. Themes addressed by the film will be discussed during an online panel discussion Wednesday, March 20.

About the film

Freedom Swell is a feature length documentary that highlights a surf program designed to empower African Nova Scotian youth to connect with the ocean. The film explores the lack of diversity in the east coast surf scene, stemming from complex, historical barriers such as racism, segregated beaches, and generational fear of water. Co-founder, LaMeia Reddick, volunteers, participants, and community members, share their stories about the healing nature of water. Freedom Swell beautifully represents the spirit of North Preston Surf, a flagship program designed to inspire for years to come.

To get your ticket to view Freedom Swell anytime between March 15 – 24 visit AIFF’s online festival platform.

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About the panel

When: March 20, 2024 from 7:00 – 8:30 AT
Where: Register to attend via Zoom

Join in the panel discussion entitled Human Rights on Screen: Freedom Swell hosted by Tracey Jones-Grant, Diversity manager, Halifax Regional Municipality, featuring LaMeia Reddick and others discussing themes including historic segregation, stereotypes, anti-Black racism and discrimination in the context of relationships of people of African descent and the ocean.