Film Review: UNARMED VERSES (Canada 2017) ***

Festival Reviews

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This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.

Director:

Charles Officer

Writer:

Charles Officer

UNARMED VERSES arrives with all the critical and public raves after being named Best Canadian Feature Documentary at this year’s Hot Docs 2017.   It is a National Film Board of Canada production which means it is (as most NFB films are) a meticulously constructed arty small budget film. 

The centre of the film is 12-year old Francine Valentine, played by the real Francine Valentine.  So, the film is a documentary of sorts, a documentary of the present…

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