A tender portrait of Armand McArthur, the last fluent speaker of the Nakota language in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” explains Armand. -SC
Metamorphosis confronts beauty and loss with powerful visual imagery. The stories of scientists, artists, and activists fighting the global environmental crisis are woven through with stunning imagery to deliver a powerful message of transformation.
Twenty-four-year old Husein lives in exile. Along with his parents, wife, and young daughter, he was forced from his home in Syria to Istanbul, where he awaits possible asylum in Europe. But Husein’s is a double exile—estranged from his country by war, he is also estranged from his family because of who he is.
In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths.
Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.
This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth.
Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary. The residents spend their days taking elevator rides to nowhere, and remembering better, more interesting days. One elderly man recounts the Parisian sex parties of his youth, while another talks about his glory days as a photographer.