SuperWomen: Conversations with the Real Action Figures
Midi Onodera in Conversation with Christene Browne
“From Nevis To” is a seven-minute docu-drama that deals with Juliet Jones, a new arrival to Canada. From her arrival to the airport to her ride to the hotel room, many thoughts about her past, present and her future surround her. She tells of what her life was like in her home country, Nevis in the West Indies, what she had heard about her new country, and the family and lifestyle that she leaves behind. We hear her thoughts in voice over and we see her coming up against and interacting with her new environment, which bears little resemblance to her real home.
Christene Browne originally from St. Kitts is a well-respected and internationally acclaimed independent filmmaker and was the first Black woman to direct a feature film in Canada. She has been producing work that most often deals with marginalized communities and social justice issues for over 30 years. In 2011 she was awarded the Visionary award by the Women's International Film & Television Showcase for her ground-breaking documentary series; Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language which features Noam Chomsky. She recently completed a feature documentary on Toronto’s Regent Park – the oldest and largest Canadian housing complex and is working on an animated documentary on the early life of famed Canadian author Austin Clarke. Her first novel Two Women (2013, Second Story Press) is about two women who share the same soul and deals with the cyclical nature of domestic violence. Her second novel Philomena (Unloved) (2018, Second Story Press) tells the story of a woman who lives a life devoid of love and deals with issues of sexual violence, mental health and homelessness. She recently completed her third novel, a science fiction allegory about climate change and race, is currently teaching at Ryerson University in the RTA School of Media and developing her first libretto.
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