Friday November 9, 2012 @ 9:15pm
Five beautiful and intensely felt films deal with the effects of trauma on an individual and a community. Using a variety of storytelling methods, including stop-motion animation, experimental documentary, narrative fiction, photo collage, puppetry and dance, each film gives survivors a voice and enacts a search for peace, whether that peace is found through personal reconciliation or by publically speaking out against injustice.
A family living for generations in a beautiful and generous house are forced out by guests who claim the home as their own. Claymation and poetic narration are elegantly deployed to craft this powerful allegory of injustice in Palestine.
Bio: Ahmed Saleh was born in Saudi Arabia of Palestinian origin. In 1998, he moved to Palestine to study engineering, where he was confronted with human issues that inspired him to take up film. In 2007, he moved to Germany, where he earned his MA in Digital Media.
What Are Indians Good For?
Albert Dumont, an Algonquin from Pontiac County in Quebec, narrates his personal childhood experience of racism within his school and community. The incident did not shame him, however, but rather reinforced his pride in his heritage and the traditions of his ancestors.
Bio: Chantal Dahan is a visual artist and independent filmmaker. She was born and raised in France and now lives in Quebec. Her work has been shown in Canada
An Orthodox Jewish woman and her transgender son revisit their shared past, travelling through the suburban neighbourhoods where he spent his childhood. The son responds to this trip with a letter to his mother, voicing their unspoken history of violence and finding comfort in the physical and emotional similarities he identifies between them.
Bio: Chase Joynt is a Toronto-based filmmaker, performer and writer. His work, which includes the documentary short Everyday to Stay, is currently being exhibited in Canada, the United States and internationally.
The intricately beautiful process of glassblowing becomes a healing ritual as a woman struggles with the pain of a deeply felt personal loss.
Bio: Alejandro Jiménez is a Montreal filmmaker of Mexican origin. In 2010 he finished a film direction program at the prestigious L'INIS school in Montreal. His work has been exhibited in numerous international festivals. In attendance
Thousands of photographs, shadow and miniature puppetry, and a martial Indian folk dance are used to create a triptych of tales of violence. Through expressionistic storytelling methods, Bol! responds to the endemic communal violence and fear that plagues the modern world and calls upon everyone to actively struggle for peace.
Bio: Meghna Haldar is a Vancouver-based writer and filmmaker. Her award-winning films include feature documentary Dirt and the dramatic short Revival.
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