Choices & Consequences
As in life, a choice made in a story can seal a character’s fate—whether they realize it or not. Minds may change and choices do face challenges (cue the tension and drama!), but choices set wheels in motion. For writers and directors plotting the course of a story, choices are also used to reveal character. The films in this category maximize tension by placing their protagonists in high-stake scenarios. Their choices are informed not only by their character but by their culture. And, the decisions they will make will not only place their lives on a new course but have an impact on the lives around them. - Marina Hanna
This year, we will be screening shorts from Choices & Consequences at Paradise Cinemas, 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto. Screenings will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 2:00PM (69 Minutes).
Following the screening will be a Q&A.
This shorts program is supported by CBC.
DRAMA | 10:45 MINS | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE
Call Me AWOL
After a failed prison escape, Seventeen-year-old Lance receives a visit from his social worker at the correctional facility. Her terms are simple, keep his head down, stay out of trouble, finish his time or face finishing his sentence at the adult penitentiary. For an indigenous youth who has spent his entire life institutionalized, the prospect of more time in prison has become routine, but when an opportunity for freedom arises, what’s another six months in jail?
DRAMA | 16:16 MINS | ENGLISH, ARABIC | CANADIAN PREMIERE
Everything Will Be Alright
Amid the outbreak of the pandemic in Montreal, a young drama teacher who has been keeping a secret from her family finds herself in a predicament after her father falls ill and she is called back home in the Middle East.
DRAMA | 14:15 MINS | PERSIAN (FARSI | ONTARIO PREMIERE
A bald girl and a young boy with long hair whose car has been confiscated due to lack of proper hijab are trying to solve their problem with the Tehran Morality Police without having to pay a fine. Police surveillance cameras have mistaken the boy for a woman because of his long hair, and the young girl, despite her shaved head, has to pay the fine simply because she’s a woman and that the hijab law only applies to females. The two of them are hence resisting the police. Being humiliated by a police officer, they decide to punish the officer in their own way.
DRAMA | 15 MINS | ENGLISH, URDU | TORONTO PREMIERE
There Are No Children Here
Sixteen year old Saima is excited to attend her cousins multi-day South Asian wedding with her family. While attending the dholki at her cousins house, Saima experiences a sudden, traumatic event, and she turns to the women in her life for guidance before the wedding the next day. What follows is the realization of what it means to be a woman in her world.
DRAMA | 12:57 MINS | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE
When Erin decides to post a provocative photo online, she and her partner, Asher, are forced to confront their own internalized ideas of what this means for their relationship. Unspoken Agreements is an inspection of how outdated gender norms and relationship expectations conflict with the emergence of social media.
DRAMA l 11:20 MINS l ENGLISH l WORLD
Raine Stephen LeMay
Viper is the story of Joe, a young jazz musician living in Vancouver's Hogan’s Alley in the 1950’s. Joe practically lives out of the neighbourhood’s local jazz club with his band mates Ray, Danny, and Arnold. When they learn that the club is being torn down for a new overpass, the group must decide if they will abandon the joint or stand up for the place that they call home.