A Filmmaker in Focus: Alison Duke
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Promise Me follows the story of Yolanda and her daughter Charlie as they are ripped apart by illness, an unjust system, and a failure to face the truth. Charlie still has hope and is adamant in caring for her mother, Yolanda Thomas, as her health takes a turn for the worse. Loyal, she insists on sticking by her mother’s side until the very end. But when her school begins to notice Charlie’s absence, she is placed under a system of surveillance and Charlie will soon come to find that some decisions are outside of her control.
Promise Me is a film that is inspired by events while filming the documentary The Woman I Have Become about eight African, Black and Caribbean women living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto trying to build awareness about their struggles in the Canadian health care system. The Woman I have Become was produced for Women's Health in Women's Hand - Community Health Center. The children of one of them mothers were apprehended by Child Welfare because she was too sick to mother. A week later the mother passed away. Alison Duke carried the story with her and wrote an article about it called “The Missing 17 Minutes” for the Project Muse Journal. The story has haunted her psyche for years and recently, she turned it into a short dramatic script. Promise Me, is her first fictional work to date.
Promise Me: A Panel Discussion
As we continue to have conversations around defunding police, a question has arisen about where and how policing Black lives happens, to borrow Robyn Maynard’s phrase, in Canadian society. The Promise Me: A Panel Discussion is a discussion with filmmaker Alison Duke, McGill Social Work professor Alicia Boatswain-Kyte, and the Promise Me film cast and crew that is moderated by McGill professor Alanna Thain, and Festival du nouveau cinéma representative Émilie Poirier. They reflect upon the story of Promise Me and the ways in which various Canadian systems contribute to the policing of Black lives.
Promise Me: A Panel Discussion (2020), in collaboration with, Archive/Counter-Archive, the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Mediaqueer and the Moving Image Research Lab, Duration: 1:11:19
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Loyal, she insists on sticking by her mother’s side until the very end.