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It Was the Dance

It's 1942. Two people meet at a London dance hall frequented by black Allied soldiers. She is a 17-year-old Austrian Jew, a refugee. He is a descendant of Black Loyalists and Maliseet, stationed in Britain with the Canadian Army. They fall in love and marry. 

After the war they return to Canada, eager to start a new life in New Brunswick. But in the Fredericton of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, Dorrit and Hedley are ostracized by society. Hedley's military service has done little to diminish the social barriers he faced before joining the army. Staying together, raising a family and finding peace is a constant challenge. 

This documentary tells their story. It is also the launching point to examine the complex history and reality of racism that remains in New Brunswick today. 

Saturday, November 30, on CBC Television 
1:30 p.m. NT  |  1 p.m. AT  |  12 p.m. ET  |  10 a.m. MT  |  9 a.m. PT