Why We Fight is a celebration of the resilience of Guyanese people and the diaspora. An intimate visual essay that explores national identity through fractured and distant representations of Guyana. Bistonath paints a picture of a country still bound to its colonial past, and questions what it means to return home.
Canada in Short
Inspired by the 2001 Algerian film Little Senegal, Roots and Chains is a stop-motion animation that highlights the beauty in the darkest corners of migrant experiences.
Set in 1970s Saskatchewan, Assini, a young Indigenous girl, comes to terms with what it means to be an “Indian.” Beautifully shot and scored, Assini will leave audiences feeling nostalgic for long summer days, and acutely aware of the complex challenges faced by First Nations then and now.
Featuring music by Vybz KARTEL and set in the Montreal neighbourhood of Park Extension, Star invites us into the lives of teens hooked on popular blog WorldStarHipHop and fascinated with videos of live violence. Romanced by social media’s potential for recognition and fame, two brothers begin replicating this violence with unsettling consequences.
“Can you hear me?” Hypnotic and trance-like, we are instantly submerged into Gaia’s dimension. A cautionary tale set in the distant future, we are greeted with the juxtaposition of African, Indigenous dress and movements. In this journey, we are beckoned to reflect on our own use of technology and the use of our bodies, as we propel closer to reaching the tipping point of total disconnection from body and mind.
“I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.” Handsome and Majestic follows the story of transgender teen, Milan, and his quest for acceptance in his rural community of Prince George. Milan shines as a hero and a role model to other transgender and gender nonconforming youth, as he stands up to those who bully him.
After working in Alberta’s oil fields, eighteen-year old Jamie returns home to his mother who has advanced Parkinson’s disease, and reunites with an old friend. This understated drama deals with loss, masculinity, illness in the family, and the violence and guilt that emerge after deep-seeded repression. Through its talented cast and brilliant screenplay, Never Steady, Never Still unravels a secret that takes place amidst a lonely Western landscape.
Fifteen teenagers residing in Parkdale’s describe sleeping arrangements with their family members. Through anonymous interviews, we learn about their apartment spaces, family dynamics, and the ways they negotiate privacy. Through light-hearted moments, Sleeping with Family comments on the rarely discussed experience of sharing close quarters that many immigrant families in Toronto’s aging highrises experience.