In 2015, we introduced the ‘under an umbrella we met’ project. The project featured short films with one key difference — while watching the films on an individual tablet with a headset, you could step into the actual, worn shoes of the person featured in the film. Each story shared the experiences and views of a single individual and each film provided the chance for the viewer to make a more intimate and physical connection with the person they were ‘meeting’ by slipping on a pair of sandals, business shoes, runner, flip flops…
The first eight films we released formed part of our initial series, ‘Faces of Islam’, and shared the stories of eight Muslims in Bangladesh, Jordan and Canada. Our second series, ‘Indigenous Youth Voices’ was launched in June 2017 and shares the stories of five Indigenous youth from Alberta, Canada. This series was generously supported by the United Nations Association in Canada – Calgary Branch.
This year, we finished producing our third series, ‘Celebrating Diverse Gender Identities’ featuring five unique stories of people who identify with nonconforming gender identities. Watch all of the films now on vimeo. This series was generously supported by the Government of Alberta.
The under an umbrella films and exhibit can be presented in a variety of settings and are available to tour to venues internationally. Please contact us for more information.