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PROGRAMMERS NOTES

With Wonder chronicles the triumphs of members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, who grew up with a strong presence of religion in their households.

This film will find your heart and hold it gently. Lewis’ incredibly sincere documentary delves deep into the lives of people who have found the other side of their trauma, in order to live in their power as who they are.

Lewis highlights the good work being done when it comes to the intersections of queerness and religion, and notes that although we have a long way to go, one thing is for sure- Love always wins.

Aisha Evelyna

With Wonder

Sharon Lewis

Director:

Sharon Lewis' focus in her directing career is to tell entertaining stories with a unique cinematic flavor and heavy-hitting performance. She has been nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) and recently won a CSA for Best Direction for a Factual Series. Sharon's feature film debut, Brown Girl Begins (2017), is an Afro-futurist sci-fi tale of a young black woman who saves her community through her connection to Caribbean spirits. The film has toured the world, garnering awards and recognition, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Lewis for Best Screenplay. Sharon's first feature documentary, Disruptor Conductor (2019), is about the first openly-gay, black Orchestral Conductor in Canada and it is being met with critical acclaim. Her latest feature documentary, With Wonder (2021), is about the LGBTQI+ community's thriving after conversion therapy and will premiere at Reelworld Film Festival 2021. Sharon was born in Toronto, Canada and trained in Los Angeles, but she still has strong ties to her Jamaican/Trinidadian roots and works hard at giving voice to black people and people of color in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.

CAST & CREDITS

Director

Sharon Lewis

Producer

Byron Kent Wong, Sharon Lewis

Cinematographer

Justin Lovell

Editor

Kedj Kuqo

Principal Cast

Reverend Winnie (She/Her), Reverend Jide (He/Him), Maurice (He/Him), Serena (She/Her), D'Lo (He/Him), Phyll (She/Her)

Sharon Lewis

DOCUMENTARY | 75 MINS | ENGLISH | CANADA | CANADIAN PREMIERE

With Wonder