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Unarmed Verses

Charles OFFICER

86min Canada 2016

#EIDF2017 # 교육 # 휴먼

Synopsis

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.

Director

Charles OFFICER

His debut feature, Nurse. Fighter. Boy, premiered at TIFF in 2008, screened in Berlin and at MoMA, and garnered 10 Genie nominations. His first feature documentary, Mighty Jerome , won four Leo Awards and a 2012 Regional Emmy Award. Charles has also directed episodes of the acclaimed television series, such as Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestly, Rookie Blue and Saving Hope . He returned to fiction filmmaking with the crime drama Akilla’s Escape , slated for release in 2017.

Schedule 용어 안내

용어 안내

  • E영어 대사
  • NES비영어 대사 + 영어자막
  • GV감독과의 대화
  • ST스페셜 토크
  • Program
  • Date
  • Class / Caption / EventGuide

    Guide

    • EEnglish Dialogue
    • NESNon-English Dialogue+English Subtitles
    • GVGuest Visit
    • STSpecial Talk
  • Book
  • EBS 1TV 2017-08-23   |   23시 30분 15

Review

Residents of the rental-housing complex at Villaways in the northeast of Toronto, Canada, are forced to relocate because of the impending demolition under the name of ‘Urban Renewal Project.’ Francine Valentine, the central figure of Unarmed Verses, also lives with her father and grandmother at Villaways. The twelve-year- old Francine is full of intellectual curiosity and generosity to the people around her. Francine moved to Canada when she was four years old. She misses her mother in Antigua, Guatemala, and writes to her or calls her on the phone, but audiences cannot hear the voice of her mother. Perhaps it is the longing from lacking her mother that may have strengthened her ability to ponder life, observe her surroundings, and express her inner self even at young age. With her unstable situation that does not even have a place to move, Francine loves and practices all sorts of arts, ranging from literature including poetry, to paintings, to dance, to music. She and her friends met with the means to reflect and express themselves even in difficult times. And it was only possible because of the consideration and effort of local community adults, such as the cultural center teacher who helped them to realize and enjoy the power of culture and art, and her father playing reggae on a whim in the garage. That was how Francine and friends were able to read Edgar Allan Poe and Nelson Mandela and record songs in the studio. As Francine says, art may be ‘escape from reality,’ but it also adds strength to reality. Her low and unforgettable voice has the power to listen to other low voices. All things have voices, and the echo of the voices comes from the presence of the body. The strength condensed in her gesture is strong enough to stir up the preciousness and love of all beings, quietly enduring their hard lives. (SHIN Eun-shil)

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