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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Open Captions
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canadian Culture & Issues
Children & Youth
Families & Family Stories
Rural Life
Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Caitlin Durlak
Producer(s):Caitlin Durlak
Editor(s):Caitlin Durlak
Cinematography:Caitlin Durlak


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After leaving an abusive husband, Sonya returns to Fogo Island, a place and way of life she previously could not wait to escape. Now, working as a server at a fancy tourist hotel, she is raising her two sons alone, back where she started. Filmed against magnificent backdrops and stunning vistas, Dropstones captures a year in the life of a family pulling together to weather snowstorms, first jobs and family barbecues. As the matriarch of the family, Sonya's mission to raise Luke and Sean as "two good men" proves difficult at times, especially when balancing the demands of a seasonal job with single parenting. Despite the many high-pitched arguments, Sonya takes the time to show affection and love to her boys, always ready to listen to Sean's recommended technology upgrades and Luke's school woes. A coming-of-age story that takes the time to connect to place, identity and tradition. Aisha Jamal

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  • POV Magazine - "A document of a woman's life after the violence and a testament to her astonishing resilience"
  • CBC Arts - What I leaned while make a film alone on a remote island
  • CBC Radio: As It Happens - INTERVIEW with subject Sonya Foley and director Caitlin Durlak

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