During a two-week intensive summer course, filmmakers Elisa Chee, Doreen Manuel, Jackson Crick, Kamala Todd, Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, Rupinder Sidhu, and Ying Wang mentored three immigrant-Canadian and two Aboriginal-Canadian youth. These five students took part in an intensive digital filmmaking course from August 8-19, 2011 at the Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver. Students were taken through the steps of making a digital film from story idea and shooting to post-production.
The goal was to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Aboriginal and immigrant/non-Aboriginal communities. This initiative brought the lives and concerns of new immigrant and Aboriginal youth into focus, a groundbreaking collaboration that enabled both groups to learn from each other’s cultures. This project was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Special thanks to our community partner Cinevolution, and to the Vancouver Dialogues Project for providing craft services.
The Earth Waits for Me
Directed by Rachelle George
This film illustrates Chief Dan George’s poem by the same name.
Directed by Paige Wilson
Directed by Mingchuan Wang
Directed by Joy Ming King
Where is the Life
Directed by Margaret Anteros
Margaret Anteros is a young women interested in almost everything the world has to offer. One of the things that she is concerned about is the world’s predicament: poverty, child laborers, racism, discrimination, bullying and so on. While Margaret was at the R2R film summer program, all those things came to her in a song, and decided to sing about it. She hopes people will really listen to the message and take one step towards making the world a better place. The film she has made is about all our worries in the world, all the bad things happening and how, if we don’t change, it’s going to get worst.