TIFF Lightbox 3 Sat, Apr 28, 2018 3:15 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 8:30 PM
TIFF Lightbox 3 Fri, May 4, 2018 4:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:Toronto Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Death & Mortality
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Samara Grace Chadwick
Producer(s):Selin Murat
Sarah Spring
Aline Schmid
Kat Baulu
Jacques Gautreau
Executive Producer(s):Annette Clarke
Dominic Desjardins
Editor(s):Terra Jean Long
Writer(s):Samara Grace Chadwick
Cinematography:Pablo Alvarez-Mesa
Samara Grace Chadwick
Sound:Marie-Pierre Grenier


A wave of teenage suicides in 1999 left a small community outside Moncton, New Brunswick, in shock and silence, unable to ask unanswerable questions. Sixteen years later, filmmaker Samara Grace Chadwick returns to former classmates, teachers and friends, gently revisiting their collective past and fractured memories. What can they remember? How much did they need to forget? Focused on the survivors, this elegiac essay addresses the grief that has gripped their lives and their hope of closure and healing. During their most formative years, the traumatic events they witnessed indelibly shaped their futures. Now as adults, the hallways, lockers and parking lots of their youth remain largely unchanged and are constant, inescapable reminders. Snapshots, diaries and VHS tapes of another era integrate into achingly honest and deeply affecting observations about coming of age amidst so many who could not bear to face another day. Alexander Rogalski

Co-presented with Trinity Square Video.

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "A powerful meditation on trauma and resilience."

The Gate - "15 Must See Documentaries from the Opening Weekend of Hot Docs' 25th Landmark Year."

Original Cin - "Hot Docs: What to see during sprawling (and way cool) Documentary Festival."