GEN LIB: A Virtual Screening and Q&A

Posted on November 2nd, 2021
by Nocturne

Kordeena Clayton's new film GEN LIB captures the power of protest and people who believe in a non-racist society. The film explores the events and people surrounding peaceful protests that took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2020 regarding Anti-Black racism, social injustice and police brutality.

Initially screened as part of Nocturne 2021 this post-festival, virtual screening will include a Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by Sylvia D. Hamilton. Join us as we watch the film and engage in a thoughtful discussion afterwards.

GEN LIB a Virtual Screening and Q&A

WHEN: Nov 9, 2021 6:30-8:30pm

LOCATION: Zoom (must pre-register in order to receive the link to join)

WHAT: A Virtual Screening of the film GEN LIB by Kordeena Clayton. Introductions by Nocturne, film screening (1h24m) followed by Q&A with artist Kordeena Clayton moderated by Sylvia D. Hamilton.



The film is about peaceful protests that happened in Halifax Nova Scotia in 2020 regarding Anti-Black racism, social injustice and police brutality.

2020, a year known to the world for its many layers of injustice, police brutality and racism that caught the eyes of millions. Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia) is a place where these issues reigned true and are still prominent till this day.

December 2019, an African Nova Scotian Elder man was tased by the POLICE 6 times on a busy street. January 2020, an African Nova Scotian mother with her children were assaulted by the POLICE in Walmart. February 2020, a fifteen-year-old African Nova Scotian boy was arrested for standing outside of a mall. May 2020, an African Nova Scotian descendant fell to her death after an altercation with Toronto Police.

While watching the killing of George Floyd and other Black Americans, Black/African Nova Scotians took to the street in peaceful protest with their allies to stand up and fight against injustice, Police brutality and racism and this film tells the story with raw and uncut footage.

Many generations marched and took a stand before us in the fight against racism. This generation showed up harder, stronger, and unapologetic to fight for what’s visibly right.


Kordeena Clayton, Daughter, Mother, Sister, Wife and Owner of She Nubian Liberation Art & Apparel, founder of Takin’ BLK Business initiative Co-operative, co-founder of the Takin’ BLK Gottingen and Markets. A descendant of the first African migrants to ever accompany Nova Scotia, a proud African Nova Scotian Queer Visual Artist who focuses on the importance of representation of Black and Brown people; Inclusivity and self-embracement. Known for Unapologetically Black and Unapologetically Queer Apparel, photography, graphic and clothing design, film making and painting.

Sylvia D. Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and artist who is known for her documentary films, articles and poetry about the history, lives and experiences of African Canadians. She is an Inglis Professor at the University of King’s College in Halifax and the 2019 recipient of the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media. You can follow her on Twitter @maroonfilms

Thank you to our presenting sponsor RBC and our other partners and funders. Broadening the scope of Nocturne and our programming is made possible through their support.

still from the film
still from the film