The Making of a Judge is the story of The Honourable Justice George E. Carter, told by his daughter Linda V. Carter, as he journeys along the path to becoming the first Canadian born black Judge in the country. Linda has had a lifelong passion and appreciation for her Canadian, West Indian and African roots, and the story of her father’s pioneering life traces those cultural influences on her family. The film is an expression of these identities, and the inherent struggles that they beget.
Ms. Carter narrates the film, as well as annotating conversations with her father and his peers. Topics of conversation in the film range from the racial disparities of their time, the bonds forged between Black and Jewish communities, and how ultimately, Judge Carter was destined to break new ground in his career.
Judge Carter’s story is not one of strife, but one of great personal accomplishment, built alongside the task of nurturing a loving family. It is a tale of determination, disregard for binds of colour, his integration in to the legal system as a lawyer and a judge, and of the many friends and colleagues whose love and respect he came to experience in retirement.
Matt Galloway from CBC interviews Linda about her “Making of a Judge” film and the story behind it
The Making of a Judge is a historical, timely and insightful look at a personal journey of achievement.
“The story of The Honourable Justice George E. Carter as told by his daughter Linda V. Carter. Ms. Carter narrates and moderates conversations with her father and his peers as they talk of racial aspects of the time, bonds between communities such as the Blacks and Jews, and, how ultimately, Judge Carter was encouraged to find his destiny”.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Official Selection – Roxbury International Film Festival 2011
Official Selection – Peachtree Village International FF 2011
Official Selection – San Fransisco Black Film Festival 2011