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Film Description: Is it possible to love someone who died before you were born? Cheryl Foggo believes so. John Ware Reclaimed 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 20th century. As she endeavours 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 Biography: Cheryl Foggo is an author, documentary film director, screenwriter, and playwrite. She created the play John Ware Re-Imagined (2014), hoping to bring attention to the Black Albertan cowboy and rancher John Ware leading up to the centennial of the Calgary Stampede in 2012. Foggo has written for Reader’s Digest.ca, Avenue, Alberta Views, Alberta Ventures, Calgary, Western Living, Sunday Magazine, Arts Bridge, Muse, Canadian Consumer, the Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, and Legacy. She has been nominated for the Governor General Award, the Sliver Birch Award, the Blue Heron Award, the Mr. Christie Award, The Writers Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Award, and was a finalist in Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition (2000). 

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    71 minutes
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  • Director
    Cheryl Foggo
  • Producer
    Bonnie Thompson, David Christensen
  • Cinematographer
    Douglas Munro
  • Editor
    Margot McMaster
  • Composer
    Miranda Martini and Corb Lund, Alec Harrison