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Main Floor - 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1H3
Saturday, February 24 / 7:00 PM — Cinematheque
Directed by Charles Officer
2017, Canada, 86 mins
Introduction and Q & A w/ Charles Officer
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.
*presented in conjunction with TIFF Canada's Top Ten Film Festival
About the Director: Charles Officer is a director and actor, known for Nurse.Fighter.Boy (2008), Unarmed Verses (2017) and Engraved on a Nation (2012). Officer studied visual art at Cambridge and communication design at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked as a graphic designer before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Since then, he has appeared on stage and in film and television productions. Officer’s debut short, When Morning Comes premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim. In 2001, he completed the Directors Lab at the Canadian Film Centre and premiered his second film, Short Hymn_Silent War at TIFF 2002, where he received a Special Jury Citation for Best Canadian Short. The film screened at Sundance and was nominated for a Genie Award in 2004. Nurse.Fighter.Boy, shot over 23 days in Toronto, was Officer’s first feature length film.
Trailer here: youtube.com/watch?v=eObps040k7M
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