Filmmaker, video maker. Alison Duke is an award-winning independent film, video and multi-media artist based in Toronto. A former journalist-turned music video director, Duke directed many music videos for Toronto artists such as K.OS, the Rascals and Nelly Furtado during the mid-90s before making her first feature documentary Raisin’ Kane: A Rapumentary(2000,76). Following an underground rapper, Citizen Kane, through his highs and lows, the film gathered an impressive following and won Duke many awards. She continued to explore the lives of visual minorities during the following years, making a documentary about the high rate of young African Canadian male victims of homicide within the Toronto area (Witness: A Deadly Silence, 2003). She also directed the controversial video The Batty Boys Revenge for the QPOC artist Troy Jackson. The song confronts homophobic ideas and is aimed at parents, pleading for them to embrace and love their queer children. If the song starts with a cry for help, Jackson ends it with an open invitation to all “orphans” to join his very own accepting family: the queer family. Her 2012 Posivite Women is a 45-minute documentary about the often-silenced subject of women living with HIV/AIDS, filming them in their personal everyday life and in intimate testimonials.
Toronto , ON