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.
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.
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.