Pride and Prejudice
The Road to Human Rights and Multiculturalism in British Columbia


A documentary by BC filmmaker Gary Marcuse for Knowledge
Production year 1999
Stereo, 58 minutes.
Available on DVD from Face to Face Media

There are more languages, cultures and races present in British Columbia than ever before. Have we
become a multicultural society? What are race relations like on the street and in the schools? Has BC
outgrown the kind of racial conflict and segregation that marked the first decades of the province?
What kind of legislation has been passed since confederation that has promoted — or limited — human
rights in British Columbia?

Pride and Prejudice explores the turbulent history of race relations in BC over the last century
combining contemporary interviews with archival footage and excerpts from prize‐winning
documentaries. Featuring comments from journalists, filmmakers, youth, workers in a credit union
and a hair salon, politicians, white supremacists, police, and educators from many races and cultures,
Pride and Prejudice traces the turbulent progress of British Columbia from a rough and racist colony to
a vibrant and diverse province.

Included in this one hour documentary:

  • A guide to major legislation affecting human rights in BC since confederation.
  • Filmmaker Linda Ohama and journalist Kevin Griffin re‐examine the reporting of the Japanese internments,
  • using excerpts from Ohama’s film Last Harvest.
  • A murder and kidnapping in the 1920s exposed leading members of the Point Grey police force as members of the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Young people at an Eastside school discuss the attitudes of young white supremacists, and the problem of racial violence, while viewing excerpts from director Peter Raymont’s documentary Hearts of Hate .
  • First Nations educator Lorna Williams recalls the segregationist days of the 1950s.
  • Film director Mina Shum explores the comedy of cultural change and multiculturalism within her family.