The film is an uplifting and thought-provoking documentary that will appeal to young and mature audiences alike. It is our intention that the film will resonate beyond the borders of Canada.  Global issues of youth education, multi-racial/cultural societies, racial discrimination and marginalization of minority groups are all relevant contemporary social issues. Educators, policy-makers, parents, students and the general public should watch this documentary.  



At 87 minutes, the film is available for purchase in Canada, the USA, Europe and internationally.  The film is currently being marketed to the education sector in North America and in international markets. To purchase copies for the education sector, please email:  A shorter version (54 minutes) is available for broadcasters. If you are interested in airing the film as a broadcaster, please feel free to contact the Director at



The film was done using interviews with all the major players, computer generated animation, and archival still photos from Canada and the USA. Interviewees included community activists Donna Harrow and Angela Wilson, politicians, trustees of the Toronto District School Board, academics, members of the black community, potential students and parents/grandparents, among others.  


Written, Produced and Directed by Aaron A. Weiss.

Labelled segregation by opponents and equal opportunity by supporters, “Our School” is the story of the establishment of Canada’s first State-funded africentric school that divided a city and unleashed a fury of emotions. At the center of the story is the struggle of two women, Donna Harrow and Angela Wilson, to make the school a reality. Years after the Royal Commission on Learning recommended establishing africentric schools, Angela and Donna, looking for solutions to help the youth in their community, decided to set up one such school. The film follows the struggles that Angela and Donna faced in getting approval and public funding for the school including the opposition from the black community, school board trustees and the broader community in Canada.


“Our School” takes you behind the scenes with a no holds barred look at the debate surrounding the establishment of the school. The documentary raises several issues including: how to address the high drop-out rate of black students in public schools and the right of the community to set up publicly-funded alternative schools, as one possible solution. The debate brought forth other issues as to whether the school undermined the multiculturalism ideal of Canada and the North American civil rights movement to de-segregate schools; the experience of black students and parents with the education system; black history and euro-centrism in education; legislation and public policy on education; the role of the media in shaping public opinion on the issue; the right to freedom of speech, among others.  


On a broader level, the film takes a look at the underlying issues of discrimination and racism in a newly emerging multi-racial society. The documentary forces us to look at our past and our own prejudices to understand the raison d'être for an africentric school.




  1. Producer/Director/Writer: Aaron A. Weiss 

  2. Executive Producers: Aaron A. Weiss and Sabita Ramlal 

  3. Editor: James O' Bryan 

  4. Camera, Lighting, Audio: Cory Meli        

  5. Animator: Jason Whitehead

  6. Music: Patrick Stephenson, Byron Kent Wong   

  7. Voices for animation: Carlton Dinnall, Brent Foubert, Michael Ajayi, Aaron Weiss.

  8. Sound Effects: James O'Bryan 

  9. Creative Consultant: Sabita Ramlal


Walk the Talk  (Click the link to hear a song clip)

Executive Producer

Aaron A. Weiss



Patrick Stephenson



Aaron A. Weiss



Krystal Payton

Leonard Patterson

Brian  Jamieson

Janaia Farrell


39 Steps


Byron Kent Wong 


Master Tupac Pac Pac


Patrick Stephenson



Azmi Srouji



Davaki Laud

Ellie Triple


Leonard Patterson


Sway Magazine who attended the "Our School" premiere in Toronto wrote a feature article on the film in the September 29, 2010 edition. See article written by Shaundra Selvaggi entitled "Our School sheds light on the story of Canada's first Africentric school" at:



Share Magazine attended the "Our School" premiere in Toronto. See article by Ron Fanfair, "Film documents Africentric school's journey" featured in the magazine on September 29, 2010 at



Aaron A. Weiss appeared on CFRB's "The Spider Jones Show" on Sunday September 19, 2010 at 4:00 pm to talk about "Our School".  



Our School was screened at COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival in Toronto, Canada.

Date:  Sunday September 26, 2010. 

Time:  4.45 pm

Venue: Rainbow Cinema, 80 Front Street East (at Jarvis).

More information on the festival can be found at 



Our School (2010) won an Accolade Award of Merit July 2010.  The Accolade recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry.  In winning an Accolade, Aaron A. Weiss joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Information about the Accolade can be found at . 


Our School was selected for screening at the 2010 International Film Festival South Africa. The festival was held November 1-5, 2010 at  the Fern Hill Hotel, Howick, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.