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.


Charles Officer


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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