Stay home, stay safe and enjoy these selections from the GRFF archive as well as hand-picked choices from our volunteers:
How to Be At Home
How To Be At Home is a five minute short film by Canadian filmmaker Andrea Dorfman and it’s free to watch through the National Film Board. How To Be At Home deeply empathizes with the struggles of loneliness and isolation that we’re all currently experiencing. Andrea Dorfman’s stylized drawings and beautifully crafted cut-outs are superimposed on a rapidly flipping novel that works well to emphasize Tanya Davis’s recitation of the accompanying poem. Completed together with a music that perfectly underscores the emotional tones of the piece, the five-minute animation touches the heart. Though the piece is achingly devastating in its description of loneliness, the film superimposes these heartbreaking lines with advice and connection; leaving the audience with the heartening message that, though we all feel loneliness, we are not alone in it.
From our 2019 lineup we’re bringing back the not so oldie – but still a goodie – BOOKSMART. Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, BOOKSMART is an unfiltered comedy about high school friendships and the bonds we create that last a lifetime. Capturing the spirit of our times, the film is a coming of age story for a new generation, a reminder to all of us that you come-of-age when you open-up and allow your light to shine, and when you let others do the same.
Revisiting our 2016 festival, Angry Inuk is an educational, thought-provoking documentary by director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril which challenges outdated perceptions of Inuit and seal-hunting; a critical part of Inuit life. Misleading information spread by animal rights and environmental groups poses a threat to the livelihoods and traditions of the Inuit people. The documentary follows Arnaquq-Baril and other Inuit activists as they campaign to confront long-established perceptions of seal-hunting and bring Inuit voices into conversations about sustainability and the sale of seal products.
Angry Inuk received the Social Justice Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at HotDocs, the Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award and the Canadian Documentary Promotion Award. Alethea Arnaquq-Baril was named by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of Canada’s most important women filmmakers.