Unarmed Verses

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    Unarmed Verses

    Directed by

    Canada

    2017

    86 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Toronto Community Housing’s Villaways neighbourhood was built in the 1970s in an isolated and marginalized part of the city. It’s been designated for redevelopment between 2016 and 2019, and during construction all the current residents will be relocated. The revitalization promises a fresh start, but for those who call Villaways home, the transition is a major disruption amidst their ongoing struggles. For Francine Valentine, an insightful 12-year-old growing up in the area, her world revolves around her friends and family. By joining the local Arts Starts’s Up & Rooted music program she embraces the opportunity to express herself with honesty and beauty. Entering her adolescent years, Francine has already witnessed the hard realities that surround her and other teenage kids.

    Awards

    • Best Canadian Feature - Hot Docs

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Charles Officer
    Cinematography
    Mike McLaughlin
    Editing
    Andres Landau
    Music
    Menalon
    Sales
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA
    Production
    NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

    Press

    Unarmed Verses is exactly the film that Toronto needs right now, but more than just a wake up call, it’s also a chance to spend time with a delightful young woman who has a great head on her shoulders and a bright future.

    Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

    Few Canadian films have captured the power of raw, youthful artistic expression in the same way as Charles Officer’s moving documentary.

    Andrew Parker, Toronto Film Scene

    Charles Officer

    Charles Officer

    Canada

    Charles Officer studied visual art at Cambridge in the United Kingdom and communication design at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Officer’s debut short film, WHEN MORNING COMES premiered at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim. His second film, SHORT HYMN_SILENT WAR received a Special Jury Citation at TIFF ‘02 and a Genie nomination in 2004.

    His screenplay, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY was selected to participate in the ‘Sparkling Tales’ Writers Lab moderated by acclaimed producer Fred Roos at the 57th Berlinale Film Festival. The lyrical love story about a young boy’s faith in magic premiered at TIFF ‘08 and was picked up by international sales agent Rezo Films.

    His 2016 film, UNARMED VERSES, screened at Hot Docs.