(February 12, 2023 – Toronto, ON) Multi-award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton was born in the historically black community of Beechville, Nova Scotia, west of Halifax. The second youngest child of six to Gerald Hamilton, a labourer, and Marie Hamilton, a teacher. Hamilton first attended a segregated all-black primary school and then switched to a non-segregated high school outside of her community. Prior to becoming involved in the film industry, she worked in cable television, as a radio journalist and as a freelance broadcaster. She worked with the National Film Board’s Studio D in Montreal where she co-created New Initiatives in Film (NIF), the first specific program of its kind designed to provide opportunities for women of colour and First Nations women from across Canada to make films.
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