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Still from Black Soul/Âme Noire by Martine Chartand. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.
FILM: The NFB Mediatheque has free screenings for both Black History Month and Toronto’s WinterCity Festival. All this month the NFB will have five films about the history of Canada’s black community available for free at the digital viewing stations. The titles available are In the Name of the Mother and the Son, Hardwood, Black Soul/Âme Noire, Speakers for the Dead, Fields of Endless Day, and Dresden Story. For WinterCity, the NFB is screening some “Animation Favourites” tonight, including classics such as The Big Snit, The Cat Came Back, and The Sweater, and recent award-winners such as Runaway and Land of the Heads. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street); 12–7 p.m. (Black History Month showings), 7 p.m. (“Animation Favourites”); FREE.
FILM: The CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival 2010 will see its first full day of screenings today, having kicked off last Thursday with a gala screening of Invisible City and Hardwood. The festival is focused on presenting Africentric films to high school and university students and teachers. Today’s screenings are divided into two times and themes, “Canadian Visions” (with films Where Do White People Go When The Long Weekend Comes? by Powys Dewhurst, and Nurse.Fighter.Boy by Charles Officer) and “Are You the Landlord or the Tenant of Your Life?” (with the music video I No Be No Tenant and film The Tenant, both by Lucky Ejim). William Doo Auditorium (45 Willcocks Street), 9:30 a.m. (“Canadian Visions”) and 1 p.m. (“Are You the Landlord or the Tenant of Your Life?”), $10.
DEBATE: The 2010 Winter Olympics are looming, and with every Olympic Games comes controversy. The Hart House Debates Committee and Debating Club presents “Cheat or Cheated?: Gender Injustice in Sport.” The debate will look at the implications behind the recent controversy surrounding South African runner Caster Semenya‘s gold medal win at the World Championships, and the subsequent investigation into her gender. Sport sociologist Dr. Ann Travers will be present to offer her expertise on gender testing and its place in sports. University of Toronto, Hart House, Debates Room (7 Hart House Circle), 5 p.m., FREE.
HAITI: The work still isn’t finished in the Haiti relief effort, and with that in mind tonight’s Give Love to Haiti event will raise money for Doctors Without Borders. The event includes a motley of art, music, and dance, with plenty of opportunities to donate beyond the entry fee. Give Love to Haiti will feature hip-hop performances by Vaness Alegassi, Wolf J + OSound, and KJ, and artwork from Grace Kaya and *p for auction. Footwork Bar (425 Adelaide Street West), 6–11 p.m., $5.