A route forges connections, builds networks and bridges people, place and space. James “Zick” McDougall’s The Routes captures this integration through the lens of a picturesque bicycle ride on his First Nation Reserve, Kitigan Zibi, and its surrounding community. By engaging with the intimacies of geography and nostalgia, the film moves past introspection and contemplates the relative nature of traumatic memory and loss. In steering the path towards the plight of two local missing women, Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, the film foregrounds the roots of identity and kinship and poses questions about the structures of remembrance, collective inquiry, responsibility and resolve.
Shorts: Testaments Of Home
My Enemy, My Brother is a compelling story of human connection in the most unlikely of circumstances. As two war vets recall their harrowing memories of the Iran-Iraq war, a specific moment that stands out when one profound encounter would change the paths of their lives forever. Paths that, decades later, bring both men to their new home in Canada.
What does home feel like? After emigrating from Afghanistan, Amina and Abdul Bari make a new home in Canada. Through their love for gardening and nostalgia for their homeland they create a beautiful oasis, where each flower and shrub evoke a memory; a closeness to history, family, childhood and homeland.
A guitar solo opens to a young Native man who encounters a man in traditional attire, responding to his guitar solo with his drum. Call and Response demonstrates communication between two cultures through music.
In this ground-breaking intimate documentary profile, three young Trans men of colour reflect on their place within the urban settings of Houston, Toronto and Brooklyn, while examining the personal narrative histories of identity, transition, masculine performativity and representation. Through insight into the precarious nature of contemporary gender and race norms, relations and expectations, each individual’s journey weaves together records of resilience and growth and highlights the diverse needs of a growing, yet underserved LGBTQ population. By rendering the unfamiliar recognizable, Passing serves as an agent for cultural change and generates a safe space to unpack themes of social progress, love and acceptance.
Daybi, an accomplished Canadian rapper who has lived and worked in both New York and Los Angeles, tells a story of his return to a reserve community. At the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve he has found a home base with an enriching cultural environment to inspire his art and expression and provide a nurturing setting for his son to grow up in.
In 2013 the filmmaker travelled with his family to India for the nine-day Navratri Festival. In documenting his experience, the filmmaker not only celebrates the Divine Mother goddess but also his own mother, whom he follows throughout the trip as she reflects on the joys and trials of motherhood.
This short, compelling film tells the story of how our central character came to live in Canada. This is one episode of a web series that is being developed as part of Kick Start Art Society’s Regent Park Project. This ‘test’ video is the first piece produced – part of a much larger filmmaking initiative, which will be produced in the spring.
Having spent parts of her childhood in Karachi, Pakistan where her family had lived before immigrating to Canada, the filmmaker decides to revisit the country as an adult, 17 years later. By superimposing voiceover and textual commentary on old home videos, as well as juxtaposing past footage with recent captures, the filmmaker comments on the deceptive nature of image-making and how it might configure one’s memory, while also reflecting on the gender norms that were expected of her during her stay in Pakistan.
Julio is a short documentary about the struggle that many face when taking care of a loved one. Set in Brazil, a young Korean woman is forced to take care of her brother Julio after being abandoned by both their parents. In this context, not only are they seen as foreign racially, but are also alienated due to Julio’s disability. It is from this that they draw strength from each other to endure. An inspiring film that will draw equal parts sympathy, as well as hope, Julio provides a new perspective on family, and how it is much more than its conventional definition.