The expression ‘ to walk a mile in another person’s shoes’ means to experience the same things that the other person experiences – to see life from their perspective. This program presents films that invite us to imagine and gain awareness of lives different from our own. By visually engaging in the experiences of others, the viewer is encouraged to celebrate difference while developing tolerance and empathy. Ages 11-13
Thursday January 19 | Morning Program (9:45-11:45) | Showplace
Here is a selection of the films that will be played in this program. Additional films may be added as they are confirmed. Please note: the program is not set in stone. Changes often need to be made due to last minute technical difficulties or time constraints.
A Nation Without A Homeland
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Eighteen-year-old Matt is a young man on the autism spectrum, finishing his final year of high school. With his best friend and autism companion dog Finn in tow, we follow Matt and his family as they prepare for his adulthood affected by autism.
Handsome and Majestic
Transgender teen Milan – a role model for his community of Prince George, B.C.
With the loving support of his family, Milan Halikowski chooses to stay in his home town of Prince George, B.C., where he faces discrimination and abuse from his peers and teachers at his school. In the end he becomes an advocate for other trans youth in his community and beyond.
I’ve Just Had a Dream
Jordan Stories -Ka’ek
“No community is divided into poor and rich when it comes to bread.”
Khaled would know. Every day he roams the streets of Amman, Jordan, selling bread to people of all backgrounds. And every night he climbs the rooftops to talk to his pigeons.
Kingdom of Garbage
“I desperately wanted my body to erase itself . . . and reappear white.”This personal short film by Trent University professor Nadine Changfoot looks back at the time when she was eight years old – at the self-hating, dislocating, and disembodying experience of being racialized and othered from the outside – compared to an earlier time, at four years old, when she was happy and belonging was a given. Even as an adult she hears, “Where are you from?” She still experiences being seen through a racialized and othering gaze. Nadine hopes that her film will encourage reflection on what it means to belong and on the Canadian gaze that can be reconstituted in more accepting, diverse, and inclusive ways
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On a paper, crumpled with time, a young woman pays tribute to her mother.
Two young women–one Anishinaabe, one Syrian–set off in a canoe to share story and song
Sisters and Brothers
We first see a girl, Irene, who awakes from a nightmare. In her dream, her world has been turned upside down. We then see the same dream, this time happening to another girl, Amina. Her reaction to the dream is very different. Is reality set? Or does our interpretation of it make all the difference?
Mujahid Abu Aljoud, made a short film in his rubble-filled city. He follows a young boy with a dream of becoming an architect, and with paper, paint and a glue gun he makes a diorama of the city, including bombed buildings, barricades and the destruction around his old home. He then builds a new city with a river, an airport and buildings.
The Spectacular Imagination Of The Pohara Brothers
The Spectacular Imagination Of The Pohara Brothers” is a short film about two poor maori boys- Nathan and Christian- that overhear their mother asking for money to pay the power bill before it is disconnected in 24 hours. The boys hate seeing their mum sad so they use their imaginations to raise the money by selling Flying Lessons.