VIVO Media Arts Centre Archive > Mid Length Intimate Portraits

Film and Motherhood

Mid Length: Intimate Portraits

(Program run time approx. 88mins)

Lindsay McIntyre

her silent life

Canada, 2012, 31mins

Synopsis: A version of family. From mother, grandmother, great-grandmother to me, stories flow through our matrilineal heritage to explore the remarkable life of my Inuk great-grandmother. 


Director: Lindsay McIntyre
Language: English
Format: 16mm and S8 to digital

Jules Koostachin

Oshkikishikaw: A New Day

Canada, 2019, 25mins

Synopsis: 12-year-old twins cut their hair for the very first time in a Cree coming-of-age ceremony.


Writer, Producer and Director: Jules A. Koostachin
Director of Photography: Marco Libretti
Editor: Jessica Dymond
Narrator: Mahiigan Koostachin
Production Assistant and Stills Photography: Asivak Koostachin
Post Production Sound Design and Sound Mix: Dave Chick
Business Affairs: Patricia Poskitt
Legal: Nathaniel Lyman
Music: James Bay
Written by Adrian Sutherland
Performed by Midnight Shine 

Special Thanks: Christina Pare, Anthony Passero Salon, Reclaim your Power @reclaimyourpower, Karolina Turek Photography, Kenneth Chakasim, Attawapiskat First Nation.

Produced in Association with CBC
General Manager, Programming: Sally Catto
Executive Director, Unscripted Content: Jennifer Dettman
Senior Director, Documentary: Sandra Kleinfeld
Senior Director of Production, Unscripted Content: Alexandra Lane
Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs: Lesley Birchard

Anne-Marie Bouchard


Canada, 2016, 6mins

Synopsis: A mother’s revealing secrets to her eleven year old daughter.


Director: Anne-Marie Bouchard
Cinematographer: Julie Pelletier
Editing: Anne-Marie Bouchard
Sound: Pierre Maroni
Music: Mustapha Draoui, Singer Aurélie Suvaciyan
Sound Editing: Mustapha Draoui
Cast and oice : Catherine Breton; Child: Mado Saubié, Louise Saubié, Anaël Bourg

Michele Kaiowá

De Michele para Sophia

Brazil, 2021, 7mins

Synopsis: The Nhemongueta Kunhã Mbaraete project is an exchange of video-letters between three Indigenous women and one non-Indigenous woman from an affective, ethnophilosophical and critical perspective. The filmmakers respond to the current process of social isolation during the pandemic and the universes that permeate them.


Direction, photography and script: Michele Kaiowá, Graciela Guarani, Patrícia Ferreira Pará Yxapy e Sophia Pinheiro
Editing: Alexandre Pankararu, Fábio Costa Menezes
Production and visual communication: Sophia Pinheiro
Work commissioned by the Moreira Salles Institute – Programa IMS Convida (Brasil)

Francisca Duran


Canada, 2005, 6mins

Synopsis: The visual poetics of Vancouver are brought to light as the filmmaker reflects on the cities she has lived in, motherhood and the birth of her first son.


Years of production: 1999+2005
Original Format: 16mm
Language: English

Nathalie Lopez-Gutierrez
Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski

La vie en rose

Canada, 2010, 3:56mins

Synopsis: Padminee immigrated from Mauritius hoping for a better future for her family. Despite being highly educated she must work two jobs to make ends meet.


Director: Nathalie Lopez-Gutierrez, Saïda Ouchaou-Ozarowski
Language: French with English subtitles

Torill Kove


Canada/Norway, 2017, 8:49mins

Synopsis: In her latest animated short, Academy Award®-winning director Torill Kove explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.


Director: Torill Kove
Animation: Torill Kove, Josefine Hannibal
Backgrounds: Torill Kove
Original Music: Kevin Dean (socan © 2017)
A co-production of Mikrofilm AS and The National Film Board of Canada