Award-winning filmmaker Shelley Jarrett’s new documentary, What We Deserve – Restorative Justice and Reparation, examines over 400 years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the major roles played by European powers, including the British, Portuguese, French, and Dutch. The trade of chained bodies was a highly successful commercial business for the nations of Europe—destroying the lives of millions of men, women and children in search of profit.
Filled with potent reflections and insightful commentary, this film presents the centuries of unaddressed harm faced by the victims of the slave trade and their descendants and champions their calls for restorative justice and reparations.
This event marks the premiere and first public screening of What We Deserve – Restorative Justice and Reparation. Following the 45-minute film, award-winning screenwriter Andrew Terry Pasieka moderates a panel discussion with filmmaker Shelley Jarrett, Colin Jobe, and Samantha Singleton.
Burlington Public Library proudly presents this special event in partnership with Shelland House of Film.
About the Filmmaker
Shelley Jarrett has merged her passions for community development and creative arts through filmmaking and podcasting. She was named one of 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women 2022. She sits on the Board of the Art Gallery of Mississauga and is a board advisor to the Canadian Centre for Women Empowerment in Ottawa.
Shelley Jarrett’s debut documentary W’AT ABOWT US has won numerous awards since its premiere in Toronto in 2019. The film documents the lives of eight courageous women from five major cultural backgrounds telling their stories of truth and experience of domestic violence and assault.
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