Someone Like Me

Includes Q&A

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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Closed Captions
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Activism
African Cultures & Issues
Canadian Culture & Issues
LGBT Culture & Issues
Migration & Immigration
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Sean Horlor
Steve J. Adams
Producer(s):Teri Snelgrove
Shirley Vercruysse
Executive Producer(s):Shirley Vercruysse
Writer(s):Sean Horlor
Steve J. Adams
Editor(s):Graham Kew
Cinematography:Blake Davey
Farhad Ghaderi
Composer:Edo Van Breemen
Johannes Winkler
Sound:Oscar Vargas


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Winner—Rogers Audience Award

When Kay, a transgender lawyer, decides to lead a group of 11 LQBTQ+ Vancouverites in their mission to sponsor Drake, a queer refugee from Uganda, they never imagined the affecting journey to come. Through a composed observational lens, the film captures the group's struggles with interpersonal relationships, while having to simultaneously face the difficult reality of what it means to support a newcomer for the first year of their life in a strange country. Drake, a spirited, fun-loving man, arrives in Vancouver full of hopes and dreams for a career in fashion, but within months the pandemic hits. He struggles to find his footing, and conflicting ideas on how to support him split the group apart. A welcome addition to contemporary debates on the realities of refugee sponsorship, Someone Like Me offers a rare look at the experience through the eyes of the queer community. Aisha Jamal

On May 8, there was a Q&A with directors Sean Horlor and Steve J Adams, and film subjects Drake, Kay and Emily, presented by the NFB. Watch the recorded Q&A >>

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  • That Shelf - "An engaging examination of what it means to be free and a riveting reminder that no one should have to hide their true self" 
  • CBC Radio: On the CoastINTERVIEW with directors Sean Horlor and Steve J. Adams

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