Moved by the sounds of birds, trees, and clouds, music and nature come together to reunite two lovers.
Hope prevails in a Toronto community that seeks to challenge and redefine its image created by various episodes of violence. Within the struggles and hardships, there are breakthroughs and successes, which often go overlooked. The young people showcased in this documentary short want to create their own narrative – one that due to the structural inequalities and violence that pervades such communities, may not have a fairy tale beginning. However, as a result of the hope that exists within the community, a positive and enriching future remain a real possibility for its youth.
Thirtysomething filmmakers Mélanie Carrier and Olivier Higgins travel by bike on Route 138 from Quebec to Natashquan in search of stories of the region’s Indigenous peoples and communities along the way. Why, they ask, are so many Quebecers ignorant to the plight of First Nations peoples, even though studies show more than half have at least one Aboriginal ancestor? Quebekoisie explores the notion of prejudice, its persistence, and how it can be overcome.
Inspired by the bestselling novel written by Rawi Hage, The Underground is a visceral portrayal of an Iranian man’s struggle to fit into western culture as he battles past demons. Araz has fought to escape the war zone he once called home. Destined for a fresh start, he arrives in Canada to find that North American life is not what he had dreamed. In a struggle to overcome poverty and isolation, Araz turns inward in hopes of experiencing the life that eludes him.
In this quietly powerful film, a young boy describes the home life he has and the one he wishes for. Intimate and honest, Tired highlights the value of family and friends in a child’s life.
A Cassette is an emotional journey through one man’s recollection of fading memories of his mother. Using photographs as a glimpse into the past, the filmmaker recalls moments of love and loss shared with his mother while contemplating her memories of him. What did she see? How did she feel? What would she remember?
Nathan tells the story of a father-son relationship that is more reflective of an unhealthy sibling discourse. Nathan’s abject disregard for a birthday gift matches his father’s attitude towards his care. Michel’s frustrating absence is exacerbated by his attitude when present and it may well be a hit to the head that brings maturity and responsibility.
Flower is a forest turtle who can’t find friendship in the woods. Shelly is an ocean turtle who can’t find a friend amongst the waves. It will take effort, bravery, and a little magic, to bring these two together.
Every week, Sofia takes videos of Toronto that she sends to her cousins in Mexico. This time she shares with them the value of patience and forgiveness, qualities she learned from an argument with a friend.
Seeking to borrow some money, a young man spends an evening with his estranged father – a man with whom he has little to talk about. During their brief yet sobering encounter, they share a multitude of emotions as they sit across from one another, discovering what is still not lost.
Living inside a magical bubble, the Rolly folk have known only peace and security. When the bubble bursts, the royals are quick to blame the poor and punish them through exile. Can the Rolly folk ever return to living in harmony?
Russell lost his hearing at 13. While he learns to accept his deafness, he faces another kind of stigma.
Pepe is a 13-year-old boy who loves nature, chocolate, and country music. When his neighbours need help, he learns about friendship, community, and his power to make meaningful change.