Unarmed Verses x RISE

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A free screening of Unarmed Verses, in which filmmaker Charles Officer focuses his attentive lens on the young residents of the Villaways, a Toronto Community Housing complex facing demolition. As wrecking balls sway above their homes and accounts of police brutality haunt the headlines, the young people of the Villaways use rap and spoken word to express the complexities of their impending displacement. The film’s heart ultimately rests in Francine, a shy 12-year-old whose poignant observations give voice to a community in transition. Following the film, there will be a 20-minute spoken word performance, curated by RISE Edutainment.

Supported by the City of Toronto's xoTO initiatives.

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Best Canadian Feature Documentary
Hot Docs 2017
People's Choice Award
TIFF Canada's Top Ten, 2018
"There's a quiet, discreet magic at work."
Globe and Mail
I really wanted to hone in and present what a black life mattering looks like, from the inside.
Charles Officer
Directed by: Charles Officer
Featuring: Francine Valentine Alva Valentine Keturah Francis Ryan Johnson Kenny Johnson
Year: 2017 Runtime: 86 mins Rating: All Ages