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Unarmed Verses Charles Officer

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Francine Alicia Valentine is 12. She has a round face, uncanny wisdom and a passion for poetry that transcends everyday routine. And everyday life is no easy thing: her neighbourhood is about to be razed, and her family faces an uncertain future. Joining a music workshop forces her to overcome her shyness and gives her a refuge where even the silenced find a voice. Named best Canadian feature at Hot Docs, Unarmed Verses is a compassionate portrait of a marginalized black community. Through Francine’s sensitivity and confidence in the power of art, Charles Officer finds hope in a bitter situation. In troubled times, that’s a great thing.

Presented in collaboration with the Montreal International Black Film Festival

Unarmed Verses

  • Country : Canada
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : English
  • Subtitles : French
  • Duration : 85 MIN
  • Cinematography : Mike McLaughlin
  • Editing : Andres Landau
  • Production : Lea Marin
  • Sound Design : David McCallum
Filmography of Charles Officer :

Short Hymn_Silent War (2002)
Nurse.Fighter.Boy (2008)
Mighty Jerome (2012)

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