Juanita Peters is a multi-award-winning storyteller, writer and director of documentaries including Hannah’s Story, I Made A Vow and Africville Can’t Stop Now and television series including Studio Black on CBC Television. In 2020, she is slated to direct the feature film drama, Rebirth 8:37 , about two teenagers from vastly different backgrounds who become forever linked in a split second with the four pound trigger pull of a snub nosed 38.
Peters served as a journalist and news anchor for more than 15 years in the Maritimes and hosted 4 seasons of CBC’s documentary series Doc Side. As a playwright she has given us: The San Family (2013), about a black family who arrives in a segregated sanitorium 1943. Their music is the elixir that soothes souls and brings down barriers; The Mother Club, (2014), about rural black midwives who stop at nothing to save lives; unless you harm their own; I M Possible (2015), living the American dream is real, even for rural black Nova Scotian men. But first a black man has to believe in the impossible; The Green Book (2016), there’s a reason why this is the road not taken by coloureds. Before hitting the open road, “you better check your Green Book.”
Juanita Peters the actor has appeared in more than 30 films and television series including Sex & Violence, Forgive Me, Splinters, Hobo With a Shotgun, Cloudburst and including the Emmy Nominated Homeless to Harvard. In recent years she has worked for the Council on African Canadian Education (Communications), and as Knowledge Lead for The Nova Scotia Restorative Inquiry for The Home For Colored Children. Currently she holds the position of Executive Director of the Africville Museum. She is an alumna of the WIDC – Banff program.