Borders: John Ware Reclaimed

Thursday, May 13 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Is it possible to love someone who died before you were born? Cheryl Foggo believes so. John Ware Reclaimed (2020) follows filmmaker Foggo on her quest to uncover the complex story of John Ware, a Black cowboy and rancher who settled in Alberta prior to the turn of the Twentieth Century. As she endeavors to dig past the racist myths and mistellings surrounding Ware, she recalls her childhood in Calgary, Alberta, her own experiences of racism, and her family’s history as part of the 1910 migration to western Canada to escape violence in the southern United States. She also evokes the suppressed history of a thriving Black presence in the Prairies: the Black pioneers who lived, worked, and raised families in the west. Foggo’s archival, genealogical, and archaeological search, and her creative reimagining of John Ware’s life, reveal who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means.

Director Cheryl Foggo will join moderator Stephanie Batiste (UCSB) for a discussion of John Ware Reclaimed. Please note this event will not include a screening. Registered participants will receive a link to screen the film two days in advance of the event.