Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award at Hot Docs 2017, UNARMED VERSES follows the precociously talented Francine Valentine, a 12-year-old girl who is, along with her family and community, facing eviction from their low-income housing block in Toronto. Armed with a luminous, undaunted creative spirit and a restless, generous intelligence, Francine turns to artistic expression as she and her friends prepare to record music and poetry together. Meanwhile, as the community struggles to come to terms with the threat to its cultural richness and very real human wealth, the wrecking ball looms and the city's plans for relocation are issued. Charles Officer's documentary is a striking, sensitive and incisive film about the actual human costs of such high-minded notions of progress, development and gentrification. (Note courtesy of Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute.) DIR/SCR Charles Officer; PROD Lea Marin. Canada, 2017, color, 86 min. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes accepted.
Charles Officer is a Toronto filmmaker, writer and actor who studied at Cambridge University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. His award-winning films include the short SHORT HYMN, SILENT WAR (2002) and his feature debut, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (2008), as well as his Emmy® Award-winning documentary debut MIGHTY JEROME (2012). Officer recently completed directing multiple episodes of the dramatic series 21 THUNDER, which premieres internationally on Netflix in 2018.
"A poignant, blossoming 86-minute experience about the power of art." – The Globe and Mail