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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Scarborough, Canada 2021

Location: SilverCity

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 pm

Director: Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson

Cast: Liam Diaz, Mekiya Fox, Anna Claire Beitel, Cherish Violet Blood 

Running Time: 136 minutes

Language: English

Canada Screen Awards: Best Motion Picture, Director(s), Adapted Screenplay,  Actor (Liam Diaz), Supporting Actress (Cherish Violet Blood), Sound Editing, First Feature,  Casting; Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Best Film; 10 other nominations

“If you have any doubt about the tremendous, inspiring, near-transcendent power that Canadian film can offer, then you must make a priority of watching Scarborough.” –Barry Hertz, Toronto Globe and Mail 

Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Catherine Hernandez, Scarborough is an unflinching portrait of three low-income families struggling to endure within a system that’s set them up for failure. It shows the love and perseverance communities can foster, lifting up families to overcome the obstacles placed in their way.

Taking place over the span of a school year, Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson’s debut narrative feature follows three interwoven families fighting an uphill struggle against debt, addiction, and job insecurity. The directors’ exacting attention to detail frames the vibrant, rapidly changing neighbourhood with a universality and compassion that makes the film strikingly humanistic.

The triptych story centres on three characters: Bing, (Liam Diaz) a Filipino boy living under the shadow of his father’s abuse and mental illness; Sylvie, (Mekiya Fox) an Indigenous girl whose family struggles to find permanent housing; and Laura, (Anna Claire Beitel) afflicted by her parents’ neglect. The trio is connected through their neighbourhood and the morning school program they all attend, run by Ms. Hina, (Aliya Kanini) a caring teacher and a figure of inspiration in their lives.

Scarborough offers a raw yet empathetic glimpse into a diverse community that finds its dignity in unexpected places — a collective refusal to be fractured by individual challenges and instead be brought together through kindness and solidarity. 

Nakhai and Williamson portray the specific truths of their characters’ daily lives with a big-hearted honesty and accuracy that makes the work so powerful. The film’s quiet sensitivity ultimately forms a major statement, remaining relevant and resonant long after viewing.

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