LW: My name is Lacey Wilson and I am talking today with...
SH: Sylvia D. Hamilton
LW: ...at the Killam Library on September 29, 2016.
SH: I was always interested in photography and in the image. And when I think back, you know, when I watched television and saw, you know, what was on television, rarely did I ever see anyone who looked like me on television — I've written about this in other places that, some of the first, you know, thinking about Nova Scotia and Canada, the late Lorne White, Dr. Lorne White, was one of the first people that I recall seeing on television. He was on a CBC program called Singalong Jubilee, along with Anne Murray. And here he was: there, you know. But that was rare to see anyone, who, of African descent, on television. ...I became involved with another small group where we were talking with the National Film Board about making films by and about women. And, so, that was where my first film project came, from that experience. From the small group and we were all proposing different ideas and we all thought the NFB would make all of our films. With six or eight of us — oh, they're going to make all of those films. And the Film Board said, well, you know, we'll make one film and it's up to the group to decide. And so the group, as a group, talked and decided that my project was the one that should go forward. And that became Black Mother Black Daughter. But the decision was, that we made when the group said that project should go forward, what we talked about was, that it would go forward and the demand, in fact, to the Film Board was that it should be made with an all-female crew. And at that point, there'd been no film out of the Atlantic studio of the National Film Board that had been crewed completely by women. They had to find a way to do that and so we were, we had others who shadowed the cinematographer and so, primarily male, because they were the ones who had those positions. So, we had a male cinematographer and a male sound recordist who were there to assist. But the person who shot the film, who edited the film, who did the sound on the film all, you know, a totally female crew. And I love to say, tell people, how the women who worked on that, you know, most of the women who worked on that film have gone on to do other things. So it was a very significant film for a whole variety of reasons, not the least of which was who made it — but the content of the film, which no one had seen before. So that's the backstory of how I got started into film.