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Identity

Short Films

Identity formation is always in struggle when the validity of that formation is denied by those around you. From queer exploration in youth to defying the odds of being an older athlete, the filmmakers in this program focus on the internal rumination of understanding rejection in relation to environments, families and careers and what that means for an individual navigating even the mundanity of life. - Safia Abdigir

This year, we will be screening shorts from Identity at Paradise Cinemas, 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto. Screenings will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 11:50AM (66 Minutes).
Following the screening will be a Q&A.

This shorts program is supported by CBC.

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Better At Texting

Mary Galloway
COMING-OF-AGE | 11:19 MINS | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE

Trinity: a radical, Indigenous, feminist, and Addison: a devout, Black, Mormon are forced to work together on a school project. They soon discover they have more in common than either cares to admit.

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Blue Garden

Natalie Murao
DOCUMENTARY | 5:25 MINS | ENGLISH, JAPANESE, | WORLD PREMIERE

Blue Garden is a hybrid-doc-animation that retells the history of a Japanese Canadian fisherman during the WW2 internment. The film explores how trauma can fester and family stories can remain unspoken for generations. However, through the participatory nature of filmmaking, the younger generation is able to reconcile their grief and feel empowered to tell their family history.

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Blue Honey

Valeriya Khan
DRAMA | 11:25 MINS | ENGLISH, JAPANESE | ONTARIO PREMIERE

Bon gets ready for the promo photoshoot for her first dance performance when she finds out her mom won’t be able to attend the event due to their unexpected move overseas. She wanders in the halls of the building when her first period suddenly starts and finds fleeting solace in her teacher’s presence.

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Glass Doll

Omorose Osagie
ANIMATION | 4:59 MINS | NO DIALOG | ONTARIO PREMIERE

The Glass Doll is a post-apocalyptic film about a broken porcelain doll who repairs other broken toys, but must decide between giving up her closest friend and fixing herself.

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Imran & Alykhan

Shakil Jessa
ROMANCE | 14:27 MINS | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE

Summer camps can feel like Narnia, where you're disconnected from the outside world, and can become a completely new version of yourself. However, once the camp is over, that bubble pops and you're forced to face the realities of the real world. Imran and Alykhan tackles the awkwardness of first loves, and managing fantastical expectations against the more harsh realities.

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Last Shot

Roble Issa
DRAMA | 6:11 MINS | ENGLISH | WORLD PREMIERE

A former high school basketball phenom, now in his 30s, having never lived up to his early promise, grapples with the fact that it may be time to give up on his hoop dreams.

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More Than Hair

Fitch Jean
EXPERIMENTAL | 12 MINS | FRENCH | TORONTO PREMIERE

Sitting for the first time in a barbershop, a young black boy will discover for the first time the symbolic power of black hair.