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Beyond Belief

ALT | True North Shorts

Landscapes, houses of worship, domiciles, and inner worlds inspire explorations of expressions of faith, practices, and modes of reconnection. At the Bottom of the Sea (Caroline So Junt Lee) + Canaan (Wang Weiben) + Days of Rage (Eli Jean Tahchi) + Grandma’s House (Sophy Romvari) + Highway to Heaven: A Mosaic in One Mile (Sandra Ignagni) + Solastalgia (Millefiore Clarkes) + The Spirit Keepers of Makuta’ay (Yen -Chao Lin) + Venusian (Cameron MacKenzie, Suzanne Friesen) + Wawatay (Neil Affleck)

At the Bottom of the Sea

Director: Caroline So Jung Lee / BC, 2019, 11 min.
In a landscape marked by oppression, Korean women and ecological forces seek paths for expression. more...


Director: Wang Weibin / ON, 2018, 17 min.
With Christmas approaching, Mr. Jiang learns that his wife won’t be back this year. He and his daughter are left with nothing to do and nowhere to go. more...

Days of Rage

Director: Eli Jean Tahchi / QC, 2019, 20 min.
Trump’s declarations concerning Israel and a Palestinian immigrant’s uncle’s medical diagnosis conspire to throw our protagonist into crisis, push him into provocative encounters, and jeopardize his relationship. more...

Grandma's House

Director: Sophy Romvari / ON, 2019, 2 min.
Travelling to Budapest to meet her extended family for the first time, the filmmaker documents her late grandmother’s apartment through images of the past and present. more...

Highway to Heaven: A Mosaic in One Mile

Director: Sandra Ignagni / BC, 2019, 17 min.
An evocative exploration of the remarkable stories behind Richmond’s No. 5 Road, host to more than 25 houses of worship, including Buddhist, Hindu and Swami temples, a Sikh gurdwara, Shia and Sunni mosques, and multiple Christian-denominated churches. more...


Director: Millefiore Clarkes / PEI, 2019, 13 min.
When panic over global crises threatens to engulf her, Ava embarks on a vision-quest to put things in perspective. more...

The Spirit Keepers of Makuta'ay

Director: Yen-Chao Lin / QC, 11 min.
An experimental exploration of the various spiritual practices of Makuta’ay, Taiwan, from Daoist ritual possession to memories of past Amis sorcerers. more...


Director: Cameron Mackenzie, Suzanne Friesen / BC, 2019, 10 min.
A woman reconnects with herself. more...


Director: Neil Affleck / ON, 2018, 5 min.
"Wawatay" is an Oji-Cree word that translates as "the Northern Lights." This film explores the relationship between the living stories of the Anishnnabe people and their ways of connecting to them. more...
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2019
Running Time: 106 mins


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