The 1995 theatrical release of Rude marked a significant milestone in African Canadian cinematic history as the first full length dramatic feature film directed by an African Canadian. This highly acclaimed debut film from Clement Virgo follows three urban stories simultaneously. The tales of a reluctantly recidivist ex-con, a woman recovering from an abortion and the breakup of her relationship, and a shy boxer who’s bullied into gay-bashing are woven together by the by the central character, a freelance radio deejay. Rude was Clement Virgo’s first feature following his successful short film Save my Lost Nigga Soul (1993), which won prizes for Best Short Film at the 1993 Toronto and Chicago International Film Festivals. Save my Lost Nigga Soul also received a 1994 Genie nomination for Best Canadian Short Film.