Sarah Michelle Brown
Canada | 6 mins
“Book of Love” – This extraordinary mini doc directed by Sarah Michelle Brown for the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project documentary series captures the life of activists Gwen and Lenny Johnson who owned of the the legendary Third World Books and Craft store in Toronto. This award winning series celebrates 50 years of black activism in Toronto. Executive Produced by Alison Duke
Sarah Michelle Brown is an artist who writes and directs for ﬁlm, music videos, documentaries and for the stage. She is also an actor and creator and is known for her passion, drive and creative eye.
Alison Duke is a filmmaker and owner of Goldelox Productions, a Toronto-based film and video company producing films that works with producers, directors and artists on projects that brings diverse audiences together to affect positive social change. In 2016, Alison executive produced the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project with five black female filmmakers from Toronto. This series of five award-winning short documentaries celebrate the legacy of Toronto’s renowned black activists; Gwen and Lenny Johnson, Marlene Green, Rosie Douglas, Dudley Laws and Charles Roach. She will direct DISCLOSURE in 2018 and has several films in development including:
- Mr. Jane & Finch directed by Ngardy Conteh George
- Mothering in the Movement directed by Laurie Townshend
The Akua Benjamin Legacy Project focuses on anti-Black racism and resistance, it seeks to promote the kind of educational work and activism that builds a just, inclusive community and society. It reflects on and instills pride in some of the significant contributions by five notable black Canadians.