|Directed by||Charles Officer|
|Produced by||Lea Marin|
|Written by||Charles Officer|
|Edited by||Andres Landau|
Unarmed Verses is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Charles Officer and released in 2017. The film centres on the predominantly Black Canadian former residents of Villaways, a Toronto Community Housing project which is undergoing demolition and revitalization.
The film premiered at Hot Docs, where it won the award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary. In December, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual year-end list of the ten best Canadian films. It won the People's Choice Award at the Canada's Top Ten minifestival in January 2018.
The documentary follows a year in life of 12 year old Francine Valentine and her family during her involvement in a songwriting and recording program run by Art Starts. Valentine struggles with her lack of self-esteem and self-identity. The film is set in the backdrop of community gentrification and apparent lack of concern for her and neighbourhood.
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- "Hot Docs film Unarmed Verses puts uprooted TCH community in spotlight". CBC News Toronto, May 1, 2017.
- "Hot Docs 2017: And Some Of The Winners Are …". Now, May 6, 2017.
- "Canada's Top Ten has some glaring omissions". Now, December 6, 2017.
- "Unarmed Verses wins Canada’s Top Ten People’s Choice Award". Playback, January 22, 2018.
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