Activist journalist Desmond Cole puts racism in Canada front and centre in the new CBC documentary The Skin We’re In.
Cole visits the sister of Andrew Loku, the 45-year-old South Sudanese man slain by Toronto police, and the Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson, Missouri, while tracing the legacy of anti-Black racism past and present.
The doc offers a glimpse, too, into the world of Cole the activist and his at times wearying fight for social justice.
Director Charles Officer says he hopes the film inspires Canadians to gauge our own history of racism rather than evaluating it in the context of the U.S.
“I would love this to instigate a moment or a point of reflection for people in this country about how we look at the United States. We’re constantly evaluating our goodness based on what’s happening elsewhere. That’s not the way you evaluate who you are. If you’re continuously comparing yourself, then I think you’re not looking in the right spaces.”
The Skin We’re In is now available to stream on cbc.ca.