Milagro Films

Milagro Films
Inner City Films

Inner City Films

October 18, 2006 10:45 ET

Blacks in Canada-The Untold Stories: Co-production Agreement for Dramatic Mini-Series Entitled Black Code

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2006) - Toronto's Inner City Films and Montreal's Milagro Films are proud to announce the signing of a co-production agreement for the development, financing and production of Black Code, a six-hour dramatic mini-series chronicling the untold stories of Blacks in Canada. Under development for the last four years by one of the producers, Richard Jean-Baptiste, this is the first production to use an original, dramatic format to shine a light on this subject matter. Filming, which will be done coast to coast and simultaneously in Canada's two official languages, is slated to begin in late 2007.

Black Code will lead viewers on a unique pan-Canadian journey. The mini-series will highlight a surprisingly little known part of Canada's identity, notably the history of Blacks in Canada. Black Code will give life to remarkable figures, from 1624 to present day, whose contributions will resonate with the many cultures that have created Canada's richly textured fabric, and will be a source of pride for the young and old.

The project has the support of members of the Black community across Canada. An advisory committee, presided over by Dr. Arthur T. Porter, Director General and CEO of Montreal's McGill University Health Centre, is currently being established.

"When I was first approached with the idea for Black Code, I was instantly enthusiastic; I knew this was something I had to be involved in," stated Arthur T. Porter, who agreed to be Executive Producer. "My family's roots are entwined with the Underground Railroad; they're in Ontario and in Nova Scotia. My father, a historian, will be proud of Black Code, and I hope that it will inspire my daughters too."

Producers Amos Adetuyi of Inner City Films and Jean-Marc Felio and Richard Jean-Baptiste of Milagro Films are pleased to have on board Sylvain Archambault, director of the highly successful series Le Negociateur I and II and Le 7eme Round currently airing on Radio-Canada. Djanet Sears, a world-renowned and Governor-General award-winning writer, playwright and director, will pen the English script. A Francophone screenwriter is yet to be confirmed.

According to producer Richard Jean-Baptiste, the choice of director was an obvious one: "We needed a director to take the creative reins and successfully convey the dramatic journey we had in mind for Canadians. We wanted to rise above a historical documentary about Blacks in Canada, and beyond slavery. Yes, there are two centuries of slavery on Canadian soil, but there is so much more to discover."

About Inner City Films

Toronto-based Inner City Films has produced over 100 hours of television programming for prime time and has won several awards. The company is producing Jozi-H, a medical drama series currently airing on CBC.

About Milagro Films

Milagro Films, based in Montreal, specializes in feature film productions, made-for-TV movies and television dramatic series. Its roster holds as many Canadian content features as it does official co-productions.

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