clockwise from top-left: Reequal Smith; Patri Liebsch; Betty Jean Moore; Aghdas Missaghian

Grandmothers at HotDocs

Documentary by Millefiore Clarkes selected for film fest

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Grandmothers, a short documentary directed by PEI filmmaker Millefiore Clarkes has been selected to screen at the 2022 edition of HotDocs. Taking place in Toronto in early May, HotDocs is one of the world’s leading international documentary film festivals. Grandmothers will screen May 2 and 7.

The lyrical, art-based, short documentary lends deep listening to, and seeks universal wisdom from, three formidable older women from diverse communities. Grandmothers explores the worlds of Aghdas Missaghian, Patri Liebsch, Betty Jean Moore. It gently seeks universal wisdom through their specific tales of hardship and humour. In response to these stories, three young artists—dancer Reequal Smith, musician Russell Louder, and animator Aidan Searle—weave their work throughout the film. 

Grandmothers demonstrates the richness that can be derived from intergenerational relationships and subtly attempts to address the lack of intergenerational spaces in popular North American culture.

Funded by FilmPEI’s Film4Ward fund, Innovation PEI, Telefilm Canada and CBC, Grandmothers was directed and edited by Millefiore Clarkes, with music by Russel Louder, animation by Aidan Searle, dance and choreography by Reequal Smith, sound design by Adam Gallant, and cinematography by Kyle Simpson, Oakar Myint, and Millefiore Clarkes.

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