Syafiq Jaafar, still from Journeys, Dear Dad, 3:00 minutes, 2017. Distributed by VIVO Media Arts Centre.
Journeys, Dear Dad is the exploration of the artist’s relationship with his late father. In Syafiq Jaafar’s installation, two visual sets of memories (one captured by Syafiq and one by his late father) are connected as a single recollection, going in and out of sync to represent the rhythms and flows of a father-son relationship.
Stuart Marshall, still from Robert Marshall – Stuart Marshall, 10:00 minutes, 1991. Distributed by VIVO Media Arts Centre.
While in Vancouver, Stuart Marshall visited his deceased father’s sister. They looked at family home movies and remembered his father’s early death from a heart attack, hauntingly reflected in Marshall’s own battle with HIV.
Emma Roufs, still from ATALAYA, French with English subtitles, 18:26 minutes, 2020. Distributed by Groupe Intervention Vidéo.
ATALAYA is a personal essay in which the filmmaker explores the state and the places connected with the death of her seafaring father, Gerry Roufs, lost at sea in 1997 during the Vendée Globe, a single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race.
Sonya Ballantyne, Nosisim, 10:30 minutes, 2017. Distributed by Winnipeg Film Group.
In Nosisim, Sonya Ballantyne learns of her grandmother’s traumatic past through a drawing titled “Virginia and Gladys” by famed Indigenous artist Daphne Odjig. This masterful rendition of Sonya’s grandmother and mother, Virginia and Gladys George, was done shortly after they were forced from their home due to a manmade hydroelectric dam.