Ginger Cote honours the strong words of Heather Archibald, a social activist and foster care child who passed away, in order to demand a change in Canada’s policies concerning Indigenous people.
After her husband’s death, Cecile becomes an agoraphobic hoarder, paradoxically practicing what she loves — gardening — indoors without the help of direct sunlight. She orders worms to grow a rare flower. Though they help the flower grow, the development comes at a price when the worms create a black hole that absorbs everything she cherishes. In Full Bloom is a surrealist short film about overcoming the loss of a partner within the parameters of living as a female Vietnamese immigrant.
Mahalia, a timid 9-year-old black girl, feels different from the other girls in her ballet class. Hoping to boost her confidence, her mother brings her to the hair salon to get her hair straightened for the very first time.
A promising young figure skater in 1990s Turkey has to overcome the self-doubt that is jeopardizing her performance.
From one of anthropocene's most charismatic megafauna - Ailuropoda melanoleuca : "... and if I hear anyone else say 'isn't he cute'..."
Femme Queen Chronicles is a web-series about the lives of four black trans women as they navigate through love, life, trade, and shade in the city of Detroit; brought to life by black trans women themselves. In Episode One, the four friends just try to make it through the day without getting clocked as trans women — or clocking someone else over the head instead.
Maryanne Junta, a young Llnu activist, tells us about the Red Dresses Project, herself mourning the loss of one of Canada's 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
Lamia and her husband await their turn in the clinic for their young daughter to be circumcised. The 10 minute wait leads Lamia to recall her own experience and question if she can change the fate of her daughter.
Experience the joys of non-binary parenting through the eyes of acclaimed Canadian writer, Jo Jefferson and their partner in this moving portrait of a loving family and their matter-of-fact rejection of gender norms.
Through the eyes of Randell Adjei, we understand the gravity of the issues facing Scarborough youth today. Amidst gun violence, poverty, and stigmatization, we see resilience through community, art, and a passion for change. This resilience is highlighted through R.I.S.E., a spoken word event that has been quietly operating in Malvern for the last 6 years and changing lives, including that of the director, Danica Ricamara.
A lively, strong-willed transgender sex worker struggles to move from the streets and into a career as a social worker, exposing the challenging realities of having your lifelong dream conflict with your means of survival.
A touching portrait of the only woman car racing in Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe Nation. Charlene Mc Conini juggles between being a super mum and the derby racing she passionately undertakes with her boyfriend and an old time Quebecois driver Charlie.
A young woman’s inner monologue as she confronts the intersections of faith, womanhood, and the immigrant experience.
A new in town international student from China has a serious conversation with her father, who shows more interest in the Philadelphia Marathon than his daughter.
A young artist takes a bus ride that makes her question reality as several eclectic characters take her to task on where she's going with her life. As a piece of a multimedia art film project, 'Riding with Aunt D. Dot' combines Director Bree Gant's radical imagination, real-life woes, and her own experience on riding the Detroit city bus to tell the story of a disillusioned Detroit artist struggling to ground herself mentally.
A woman explores her personal history through journals, artwork, and family photos to overcome her shame about her body. When her childhood medical records reveal that she was obese at 3 years old, she questions when being fat became a choice. As she reflects on the negative messages that have been imprinted upon her body, she must confront her core insecurities.
When Judith was cast as the spoon in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, she thought her dreams had come true. She became the best spoon she could be. And now, twenty-one seasons later, she’s still doing it. Spoons are ageless. They last longer than people.
An elderly Filipino man finds a young, distraught woman rummaging through his yard. After realizing the young woman is also Filipino and understands Tagalog, he invites her over for lunch.
In Chúng Tôi Nhẩy Đầm ở Nhà (We Dance At Home), Huynh revisits her family’s personal home video collections to explore her parents’ unique Vietnamese diasporic experiences of living in Peterborough, Ontario, for over 35 years. Through interviews and juxtaposing archival footage with present day documentation, together, we explore the following: How are their ideas of "home" changing? What role did the "home" play in building a community and a sense of belonging?
In order to heal her grieving mother, Ana, a devout 9-year-old girl, pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.
In a kitchen, a mother and a child struggle to establish dialogue as questions about gender arise.
Roya is a British Muslim woman whose mother has just died. After the funeral she returns to a home much altered - one without her mother. Roya discovers her relationship with another woman was in fact known about all along.
Joshua DePerry, also known as Classic Roots, is a Toronto-based music producer and performer pioneering “PowWow Techno.” Redefining what it means to be urban and Indigenous, he prepares to start the next chapter of his life as an artist and educator in the world's techno capital: Berlin.