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I Made a Vow

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After a rough few years of on-again, off-again dating, Robbie and Sharon have finally decided to tie the knot.

The couple are from North Preston, which is Nova Scotia's oldest Black community. Here, weddings are larger than life, with bridesmaids by the dozen.

Sharon wants it all. And Robbie... well, he just wants to get married.

They have their hands full organizing a wedding party of more than 30, catering, invitations, bachelor parties, and the hall - often while arguing about whether something really needs to be done right now. Toss in stress, sleepless nights, and money, money, money, and you've got a story that's by turns humorous and agonizingly frustrating.

I Made a Vow is an entertaining documentary with a stirring gospel soundtrack that reveals the ups and downs of nuptial planning in a unique and vibrant community where weddings are a huge affair.

I Made a Vow was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.


2003, 51 min 45 s

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