Unarmed Verses

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Unarmed Verses
Unarmed Verses poster.jpg
Directed byCharles Officer
Produced byLea Marin
Written byCharles Officer
Music byMenalon
CinematographyMike McLaughlin
Edited byAndres Landau
Release date
Running time
86 minutes

Unarmed Verses is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Charles Officer and released in 2017.[1] The film centres on the predominantly Black Canadian former residents of Villaways, a Toronto Community Housing project which is undergoing demolition and revitalization.[2]

The film premiered at Hot Docs, where it won the award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary.[3] In December, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual year-end list of the ten best Canadian films.[4] It won the People's Choice Award at the Canada's Top Ten minifestival in January 2018.[5]


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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