A Flow of Colourful Connections in Lockdown
An art video project created in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic
Five Continents International Film Festival #42 (Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela): Best Experimental Short Film, Special Mention Cinematography Short Film, Special Mention Editing Short Film, Special Mention Original Score Short Film.
Canada Shorts: Award of Distinction.
Docs Without Borders Film Festival (Nassau, USA): Exceptional Merit
Yellowknife International Film Festival (Canada)
DIVERSITY FEEDBACK Film Festival (New York, USA)
Better Cities Film Festival (New York, USA)
Docs Without Borders Film Festival (Nassau, USA)
"Unlocked: A Flow of Colourful Connections in Lockdown" is a short film/art video that captures the personal journey of eleven women during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Spring of 2020, eleven women were asked to express artistically how months of isolation has affected their sense of identity. In answering the question, “what is left of me,” each participant, multi-generational and all residents of the Esplanade community, was paired with a professional artist to assists them in the creation process.
An abstract symphony of thoughts, emotions, and reflection, Unlocked offers a window into the emotional lives of women. From isolated days that connected them with close family, to sleepless nights which drew them to take a closer look inward, to a new relation to time that led them to dive into forgotten interests, these stories invite the viewer to contemplate how the pandemic has impacted each of us differently.
Filmed entirely in the Esplanade neighbourhood - in the middle of the road, in a living room, under balconies, in the park - these interwoven stories express feelings of joy and comfort, melancholy and hope, loss and love through poetry, song, dance, sculpture, painting and photography.
First Public Screening: July 24th and 25th 2020, Berkeley Castle, Toronto
A project produced in partnership with Canadian Stage.
This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council. This project is an adaption of WIND STORIES – an initiative that was adjusted due to COVID-19 impact on live arts.
Produced by Jamii
In partnership with Canadian Stage
Directed and Produced by:
Charmaine Kachibaia & Isorine Marc
Afsheen Chowdhury, Aziza Virani, Bana Stegu, Britta Badour, Francisca Zentilli, Helena Maragos, Indrit Kasapi, Isorine Marc, Julie Nadine, Karen Lam, Kerryn Graham, Lilly Otieno, Mihaly Szabados , Paula Wing, Samantha Stewart, Sharon Zarita, Sid Aakowa, Takako Segawa, Tanjin Ashraf, Teilhard Frost, Tereka Smith, Wendy Devine
CAST (in alphabetical order):
Aela Kuria, Afsheen Chowdhury, Aziza Virani, Bana Stegu, Daniella Gakumba, Francisca Zentilli, Gennavive Marshall, Gergetet Abdelmalak, Helena Maragos, Isabella Mutoni, Julie Nadine, Karen Lam, Lilly Otieno, Michele Brennan, Mireille Ouellet, Paula Wing, Tanjin Ashraf, Tereka Smith, Verna Chong, Wendy Devine
Director of Photography: Nick Kay
Production Coordinator: Sharon Zarita
Editor: Nick Kay
Assistant Editor: Charmaine Kachibaia
Sound Design and Audio Mix: Matthew Maaskaant
Teilhard Frost and Jason Mercer
Recorded at Neptune's Machine
Engineered and mixed by Jason Mercer
Written, produced, recorded and performed by Bana Stegu
“Set It Free”
Written by Robert Graham