These videos were produced by participants in At the Heart of the Matter workshops.
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A mysterious benefactor; a shibusa vase..... kindness in the world after a family's time in a Japanese internment camp
A women's search for water - through childhood memories and in her adult life
A story about an inmigrante accent, missing home, and a Winnipeg ocean.
A story about a grandmother-granddaughter team, a territorial rooster, and a family of chocolate makers
A story about unstrung words, and shadows, and about mothers' love as a balm for melancholisch
A young woman learns from widows in Rwanda to honour her own story of loss, and that it is possible to forgive the unforgivable
Gifts of language and land and culture and of roots as strong and deep as the ceiba tree.
A woman remembers her grandmother and their days together on the trapiline, a way of life that is gone forever
Surviving violence, searching for a home and the fullness of life, and finally getting there CONTENT ADVISORY: This story addresses gender-based violence.
A granddaughter’s ‘rock’, a girl who gets the best of her tormentors, and making sure that a grandmother’s teachings live on
The best days of childhood, a return to reality, and helping families experience the joys of living the outdoor life
A long night, a hard year, and moving from darkness into light with the help of a totem
Fleeing violence, bringing life stories into the classroom, and the truth of a grandmother’s words
A beloved mentor draws a boy into the company of others, and into the world of music and harmony
A women’s story of adoption, a reflection in the mirror, and a claiming of a multi-layered identity
A childhood of silence and music, becoming an advocate, and finding one’s own voice
An auntie’s constant love and affection in the face of family secrets help a girl feel she belongs
A story of a neglected boy who opened the door to a life filled with music
Rescuing a fish, creating a safe home, and finally being in control
Truths and lies and the secret gardens in us and all around us.
Truths and lies and the secret gardens in us and all around us
A story about how the natural world and the voices of the ancestors help a youth heal from his many losses
A total dad-and-daughter team, a father’s untimely death, and a beautifully hideous green lamp
A keeper of secrets, a friend’s truth, and finally naming one’s own
The warmth of a Kenyan childhood, the cold of an adopted land, and a grand-mother's gift that can be taken anywhere
Holding tight and letting go, and a love between two sisters that reaches beyond the Canary Islands.
A story about inter-generational trauma and an enduring love between a grandmother and granddaughter.
Old and new identities: A young man's search for integration after converting to Islam.
A story about an uncle’s gift of music and a love that endures for a thousand years
A cat-faced spider, a friendship between older women, and a meditation on visibility
Childhood needs, crossing streets, and the sweetness of flowers and apricots
A reflection on love, loss and friendship by a White girl living in an Aboriginal world
A girl who used strings - real, imaginary, and on a guitar - to find her way in the world
The loss of a mother, different kinds of silence, and mothers and daughters listening to each other's stories
The loss of a beloved child, a healing fable, and visiting dragonflies
A golden childhood, some nasty curves, and finding the way back home