Teenaged Charlee is set to celebrate a milestone like none other. It’s been a year since she had her abortion. Those plans are quickly halted however, when she discovers a secret that threatens to tear her family apart. Writer/Director Alicia Bunyan-Sampson was introduced to storytelling as a means for escape, but in her debut film she challenges viewers to do anything but that. Happy 1 Year is an honest and intergenerational look at how women silently carry trauma with them and the struggle to find a voice.
RBC Emerging Directors’ Spotlight & Pitch Event
Heyishi Zhang weaves a nuanced story of quietly defiant 9-year-old, Jia Qing, as she navigates between the worlds of her traditional Chinese family, and the complex webs of elementary school politics. The film provides poignant observations on the experience of feeling different in a society that sees itself as completely tolerant; and reveals some novel benefits of having parents who don’t speak the same language as the teachers.
Shade is an irresistible shout-out to all those who think when it comes to beauty, white is right. This crackling short features two young Somali poets, Zeinab Aidid and Shadiya Aidid, who deliver the goods on the pressure that black and brown people feel to conform to western notions of beauty. Fun, irreverent and uplifting, Shade is crisp and stylistic, with an unforgettably confident spoken word performance by two intrepid young poets.
Filmed in the town of Tophill, Jamaica, The Story of Lover’s Leap is an exploration of the ways in which ancient legends and oral histories are carried through generations and retold in numerous varied ways. In this film three women tell their own version of the story of lover’s leap allowing us to take a glimpse into the ways that folklore captures the attention of younger generations.
Members of the Regent Park School of Music’s community band produced and scored a stop motion animation that looks at the power of music. This next generation of Regent Park’s creative talent will perform their score to accompany an exclusive screening of their film.