Unarmed Verses

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Unarmed Verses

Directed by Charles Officer

  • Canada 2017; 86 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Best Canadian Feature - Hot Docs

Synopsis

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.

Production

  • NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

     

International Sales

  • NFB - THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

    Élise Labbé