The Nature of Things: Secret Agents of the Underground Railroad

Special Event
  • an illustration of men running to a boat
  • two men talking
  • a hole in the ground with a trowel


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Thu, Feb 23, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Adrian Callender


In partnership with CBC, Black Screen Office, and Attraction, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema celebrates Black History Month with this free screening.

Secret Agents of the Underground Railroad is a revealing, scientific exploration of how a Niagara Falls hotel, The Cataract House, became the focal point for a 19th century North American Black Resistance movement. Host Anthony Morgan meets a team of archaeologists who are working to recover parts of the hotel's foundation. In doing so, they unearth stories about how the hotel's head waiter, John Morrison, and his seemingly innocuous wait staff covertly orchestrated Freedom Seekers' escapes to freedom.

Join episode host, Anthony Morgan, as he investigates how science was used to reveal the long-held secrets of a luxury hotel and a group of Black waiters leading dangerous double lives.


Panel guests:

  • Adrian Callender, Secret Agents of the Underground Railroad director
  • Anthony Morgan, future co-host of CBC’s The Nature of Things.
  • Richard Jean-Baptiste, Attraction VP business innovation and executive producer
  • Saladin Allah, educator, activist, descendent of a freedom seeker, and community liaison at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
  • Joan Jenkinson (moderator), Black Screen Office executive director and co-founder

Beginning next season, Anthony Morgan takes over for David Suzuki as co-host of the longest running Science and Nature show on TV, CBC’s The Nature of Things, alongside fellow new co-host, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.

Tickets: FREE




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