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Willie – 3:15pm

October 20, 2019 @ 3:15 pm - 4:44 pm



Directed by: Laurence Mathieu-Leger
With: Willie O’Ree, Ted Leonsis
Documentary | PG | 89 min. | Canada

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Friday, October 18 – 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 20 – 3:15 pm


In a country filled with hockey heroes, Willie O’Ree stands amongst the greats. In 1958, he broke the colour barrier, becoming the first Black player in the National Hockey League. Sixty years later, his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame made history again. The youngest of 13 children and a descendant of escaped slaves, O’Ree rose from humble beginnings in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to a 22-year pro hockey career that intersected with the civil rights movement. His talent on the ice was only a fraction of his impact on the game; in 1998, he became the NHL’s diversity ambassador, with a focus on creating opportunities for kids who never had a chance to lace up a pair of skates. In Willie, everyone from his oldest friends to a new generation of players come together to honour a man dedicated to improving the world through a sport he loves. (Alexander Rogalski, Hot Docs)


NOMINATED – Best Documentary, Audience Award, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2019




October 20, 2019
3:15 pm - 4:44 pm


Barrie Film Festival


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Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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