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Black Soul / Âme noire

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BLACK SOUL is an exhilarating immersion into the heart of Black culture via a whirlwind voyage through the defining moments of Black History. As an old lady initiates her grandson into his past, a series of perpetually transforming images painted directly under the animation camera unfolds before our eyes. In a mesmerizing swirl of light and colour, the boy traces his ancestry to mighty Pharaohs, and to valiant kings whose praises are sung by a griot beneath the baobab tree. Suddenly, the beating of drums conjures forth the slave market and far-flung exile. At long last, rocked by the rhythms of gospel and jazz, the boy makes his way from the lush Caribbean to the snows of the Americas. A film without words.

2000, 09 min 47 s

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Jury Kazoo d'Or - with a cash prize of 500$US
Francophone Film Festival
March 13 to 16 2003, Kalamazoo - USA

Award for Best Short Film
Reel Black Awards
October 19 2002, Toronto - Canada

Jury Mention to the Best Animation
Festival Internacional de Cine Para Ninos - La Matatena
August 13 to 18 2002, Mexico City - Mexico

Best Animation Short Film (ExAequo)
Festival internacional de Cine para Ninos / DIVERCINE
July 8 to 19 2002, Montevideo - Uruguay

First OCIC Award - Film with the most human values
Festival internacional de Cine para Ninos / DIVERCINE
July 8 to 19 2002, Montevideo - Uruguay

Special Commendation - Technical Achievement for Craft and Sound
International Animation Festival
June 25 to July 14 2002, Melbourne - Australia

Second Place, Animation
Black Film Festival
June 12 to 16 2002, San Francisco - USA

Best Film Fine Arts Discpline
Black International Cinema I.U.S.B.
May 2 to 5 2002, Berlin - Germany

Certificate of Merit - Division Film and Video - Category: Animation
Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
April 18 to May 2 2002, San Francisco - USA

Gold Special Jury Award - Film and Video Production / Category: The Arts / Cultural
WorldFest - International Film Festival
April 5 to 14 2002, Houston - USA

Process Award for Visual Excellence - with a cash prize 500$US
International Film Festival
March 14 to 24 2002, Cleveland - USA

National Film Board of Canada Prize for Best Animation (all ages) by Youth Jury
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
March 6 to 9 2002, Vancouver - Canada

Best Animated Short Award
International Film Festival
February 27 to March 3 2002, Santa Barbara - USA

Best Animated Short
Gala Québec Cinéma
February 17 2002, Montréal - Canada

Black Maria Juror's Choice - with a cash prize 225$US
Black Maria Film and Video Festival
January 28 2002, Jersey City - USA

Jury Award
Expo of Short Film and Video
December 6 to 9 2001, New York - USA

Honorable Mention - Category: Human Development Across the Life Span
Itinerant - National Council on Family Relations
November 6 to 11 2001, Minneapolis - USA

Chris Statuette - Category: Arts
International Film and Video Festival
October 23 to 26 2001, Columbus - USA

Crystal Heart Award - with a cash prize of 2,500$US
Heartland Film Festival
October 17 to 23 2001, Indianapolis - USA

Special Commendation given by the Ecumenical Jury
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 16 to 21 2001, Leipzig - Germany

Chantal-Lapaire Award given by Tele-Quebec (ex aequo with Speakers for the dead by David Sutherland and Jennifer Holnes) - with a cash prize of 1,000$ (500,00$ each winner)
VUES D'AFRIQUE / Journées du cinéma africain et créole
April 20 to 29 2001, Montréal - Canada

Golden Bear - Category: Short Film
International Film Festival
February 7 to 18 2001, Berlin - Germany