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.
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.
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.
Imran & Alykhan
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.