Transcript: TVO's Short Doc Contest - The Winners | Aug 02, 2016

[film reel clicking]

An animated presentation appears on screen showing an old camera moving horizontally from right to left. The title of the show appears in red and black letters. It reads "TVO short Doc contest."

Then, a woman stands in a studio next to a screen with the title of the show. She is in her thirties with brown hair in a long bob. She wears glasses, a black three-quarter sleeve shirt, and a striped peach and red maxi skirt.

She says HI, I'M CHANTAL
BRAGANZA,
EDITOR OF tvo.org's
SHARED VALUES COVERAGE
WHICH ALSO HAPPENS
TO BE THE THEME
OF THIS YEAR'S
SHORT DOC CONTEST.
SHARED VALUES IS SHORTHAND
FOR SOME BIG QUESTIONS
ABOUT DIFFERENCES, ABOUT
BELONGING AND BELIEFS.
WHAT DO COMMUNITIES LOOK
LIKE WITH EVERYONE'S
FULL PARTICIPATION?
AND HOW DO WE INFORM
PEOPLE WHEN SOCIETY
ISN'T BEING INCLUSIVE?

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A caption on screen reads "Chantal Braganza, Editor, Shared Values."

Chantal continues ALL OF THE DOCS WE'LL SEE
TODAY ARE GREAT EXAMPLES
OF SHARED VALUES.
TODAY, OUR TOP THREE
WINNERS AS CHOSEN BY YOU,
THE VOTING PUBLIC.

[film reel clicking]
Now, an animated slate with a camera rolling appears on screen. It reads "The winners."

Chantal continues FIRST UP IS OUR THIRD
PLACE WINNER JAANA HEIN.
WELCOME, JAANA.

Jaana is in her thirties with long blonde hair. She wears a black and white striped blouse under a black jacket.

She smiles and says HI.

Chantal says IN A MOMENT, WE'LL
TALK ABOUT YOUR DOC,
I AM A DOCTOR,
ABOUT THE DISPARITY
BETWEEN THE JOB
MARKET FOR CANADIAN
MEDICAL SCHOOL
GRADUATES AND THOSE
WHO ARE
FOREIGN TRAINED.
BUT FIRST, HERE IS
I'M A DOCTOR.

[film reel clicking]
An animated slate with a camera rolling appears on screen. It reads "Winner third place 2016."

Then, a clip showing a young man shuffling cards appears on screen. He is in his late teens, with short brown hair. He wears an olive green hooded sweatshirt.

He says WE HAD SORT OF, I GUESS,
BUILT UP EXPECTATIONS
OF WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE
TO COME TO CANADA.
HOPE FOR HIM TO BE A
DOCTOR AND IT WAS
A LITTLE DIFFICULT.
AND IT WAS CERTAINLY
DIFFICULT LIKE SEEING HIM
STEP DOWN AS A DOCTOR
AND THINKING TO MYSELF
THAT HE'S MAKING
THAT SACRIFICE FOR US,
KIND OF THING.
THAT HE'S GIVING AWAY
ALL THAT HE BUILT
IN VENEZUELA.

(music plays)
A black slate with white letters that reads, "I am a doctor" appears on screen.

A narrator says, "I am a doctor."

Now, another slate appears on screen. The narrator reads it.

It says DANIEL HAS PRACTICED MEDICINE SINCE 1985.
HE HAS 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
AS A MEDICAL DOCTOR IN VENEZUELA.
HE AND HIS FAMILY ARRIVED
IN CANADA IN 2007.

Now, an image of a very poor village appears on screen. Then, a picture of Daniel and his colleagues in Caracas appears on screen.
Then, Daniel appears on screen. He is in his mid-forties, clean-shaven with short graying hair. He wears a checked shirt. He sits on a red sofa in his house.

Daniel says THINGS WERE GETTING
REALLY TOUGH IN CARACAS.
I WAS WORKING IN AN
EMERGENCY HOSPITAL
WHERE WE WOULD JUST BRING
PEOPLE WITH GUNSHOTS IN.
PROBABLY 8,000 TO 12,000
KILLINGS PER YEAR.
HAVING THE SAME AMOUNT
OF POPULATION IN CANADA.
ONE OF THE DAYS WE WERE
IN ONE OF THESE
KINDS OF PROTESTS WITH
OUR FLAG AND WE GOT OIL,
VERY HOT OIL
THROWN TOWARDS US.
SO IT STARTED TO GET, YOU
KNOW, REALLY DIFFICULT
AND WE JUST DECIDED
TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY.

Daniel shows a flag of Venezuela signed by his friends.

Now, a new slate appears on screen. The narrator reads it.

It says DANIEL TOOK ALL THE TESTS
REQUIRED IN ORDER TO APPLY FOR MEDICAL
RESIDENCY IN CANADA.
HE WAS NEVER INVITED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
HE NOW WORKS IN A PRIVATE MEDICAL CONSULTING.

Now, Daniel sits at his desk with his back facing the camera.

He says THERE WAS A POINT
WHERE I WAS WORKING
90 HOURS A WEEK AT
TRILLIUM HOSPITAL,
WORKING EVERYDAY
MANY NIGHTS A WEEK
IN THE EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT.
SOME NURSES
WILL ASK ME, SO,
YOU WERE A DOCTOR
IN VENEZUELA?
AND I WILL SAY,
NO, I WASN'T, I AM.
I AM A DOCTOR
BACK IN VENEZUELA.
AND JUST BECAUSE I'M HERE
DOESN'T MEAN I'M NOT.
AND THAT'S THE OTHER
DIFFICULT PART,
THAT YOUR ROLE IN AN
EMERGENCY SETTING HERE
IS NOT AS A DOCTOR AND
THEN YOU HAVE TO FIGHT
WITH YOUR OWN, WITH
YOURSELF NOT TO BEHAVE
LIKE WHAT YOU
REALLY ARE.

Now, Daniel is in the kitchen of his house cooking with his wife.

He says SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A WOUND
RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU
AND YOU WANT TO SUTURE THAT
WOUND AND YOU WANT TO,
YOU KNOW, JUST MOVE YOUR
HANDS AND YOU CAN'T.
IT'S LIKE HAVING A
COLD POP, A COLD BEER
RIGHT IN FRONT OF
YOU AND YOU CANNOT
EVEN DRINK IT.

Now, several a pictures of Daniel in newspaper articles and magazines appears on screen.

Daniel continues IT'S NOT JUST
ANOTHER CAREER,
THERE ARE MANY REWARDS
THAT YOU RECEIVE
AS A DOCTOR THAT ARE NOT
MONEY-WISE REWARDS.
IT'S JUST THE EXPRESSION OF A
PATIENT THAT LOOKS AT YOU,
THE GRATITUDE OF A
PATIENT THAT LOOKS AT YOU,
THE WAY A PATIENT IMPROVES
AFTER YOU INTERVENE
IN HIS DISEASE.

A new slate appears on screen. The narrator reads it.

It says CANADIAN MEDICAL GRADUATES
HAVE A 96 percent SUCCESS RATE OF ENTERING
A SPECIALTY RESIDENCY.
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
HAVE A 21 percent SUCCESS RATE.
TO ENTER FAMILY MEDICINE IN ONTARIO,
THE CHANCES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATE
TO ENTER A RESIDENCY
IS LESS THAN 2 percent

Daniel says WE WERE TOLD IS THAT
CANADA NEEDS DOCTORS,
CANADA NEEDS DOCTORS,
CANADA NEEDS DOCTORS.
AND IN FACT, CANADA NEEDS
DOCTORS BECAUSE THERE'S
MORE THAN 5 MILLION
CANADIANS WITHOUT
A FAMILY DOCTOR.
THE WORD THAT I MISS
PROBABLY I THINK
I NEVER HEARD CANADA NEEDS
INTERNATIONAL DOCTORS.

Now, Daniel sits in a park. He wears a black overcoat, light blue shirt and blue tie. A close up shows a pin on his lapel with the flags of Canada and Venezuela. Then, several clips show Daniel walking around or having dinner with his family.

Daniel continues ALL THE MEDICAL
ASSOCIATIONS TELL YOU,
WELL, IT IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO DO
THE RESEARCH AS DEEP AS
YOU CAN BEFORE YOU DECIDE.
THE WAY THE POSITIONS, THE
MEDICAL POSITIONS HERE
FOR INTERNATIONAL
DOCTORS ARE MARKETED,
ARE WAY TOO DIFFERENT
THAN WHAT THE REALITY IS.
WHEN WE ARRIVE, I REMEMBER
A FRIEND OF MINE TELLING ME,
IT'S GOING TO TAKE YOU
TWO YEARS AND I SAID,
OH MAN, TWO YEARS.
WELL, IT'S BEEN NINE
YEARS AND HERE WE ARE,
I'M NOT LICENSED.
I'M JUST DOING SOMETHING
THAT I LIKE TO DO NOW
BUT IT'S CONSULTING
IN MEDICINE.
IF YOU ARE COMING TO
CANADA, WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?
TO COME AND
LIVE IN CANADA?
OR TO COME AND
PRACTICE IN CANADA?
BECAUSE THIS IS
TOTALLY DIFFERENT.
SO, IF YOU WANT TO COME
TO LIVE IN CANADA, COME;
THE DOORS ARE
OPEN FOR YOU.
BUT IF YOU WANT TO COME
AND PRACTICE TO CANADA?
OKAY, THE DOOR IS
OPEN THIS FAR, OKAY?

He puts his hands one in front of the other, leaving a small space in between.

He continues JUST BECAUSE THE SYSTEM
NEEDS THE DOOR OPEN
TO LET KNOW THE PEOPLE
THAT THE DOOR IS OPEN.
SO THAT'S NOT A VERY GOOD
WELCOME FOR DOCTORS
THAT HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL
IN THEIR COUNTRY.

Now, Daniel and his family appear on screen having lunch. His wife is in her forties, with long brown hair.

She says BEFORE I WAS A LITTLE
ANGRY OR A BIT MAD AND HAD
BAD FEELINGS ABOUT WHY
IF HE PASSED THE TEST
AND HE HAVE THE
ENGLISH AND...
THEY NEEDED DOCTORS AND
WE HAVE A BIG SPANISH
COMMUNITY, WHY DON'T THEY
GIVE TO OPPORTUNITY TO DO?

Daniel says I BELIEVE IN GOD A
LOT, AND IF I AM WHERE I AM
IT'S BECAUSE I WAS MEANT
TO BE WHERE I AM.

Now, a new slate appears on screen. The narrator reads it.

It says SINCE HIS ARRIVAL IN CANADA
9 YEARS AGO,
DANIEL HAS BEEN INVOLVED
IN HEALTHCARE
THROUGH VOLUNTEER WORK.
HE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE
TO WORK AS A DOCTOR AGAIN.

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Back in studio, Chantal says AND JOINING ME NOW IS
I AM A DOCTOR'S
FILMMAKER,
JAANA HEIN.
WELCOME, JAANA.

Jaana says HI.

Chantal says SO, WHAT WAS IT ABOUT
DANIEL SALAS'S STORY
THAT MADE YOU WANT TO
MAKE A DOC ABOUT IT?

A caption reads Jaana Hein, third place winner.

Jaana says I KNOW DANIEL
FROM WORK.
WE USED TO WORK TOGETHER
AND HE ALWAYS TOLD
ME THAT HE USED TO BE A
DOCTOR IN VENEZUELA.
AND I WAS SORT OF LIKE,
WHAT DO YOU MEAN
YOU USED TO BE A
DOCTOR IN VENEZUELA?
WHY ARE YOU NOT
A DOCTOR HERE?
SO WE STARTED TALKING
AND I THOUGHT IT WAS
A VERY EMOTIONAL STORY
THAT HAD TO BE TOLD.
BECAUSE A LOT OF
IMMIGRANTS COME HERE
HOPING TO WORK
IN THEIR FIELD.

Chantal says THE MOMENTS IN THE
DOCUMENTARY WHERE
YOU HEAR FROM OTHER
MEMBERS OF HIS FAMILY,
THE EFFECT THAT NOT ONLY
THE MOVE BUT SEEING
HOW DANIEL COULDN'T
PRACTICE MEDICINE,
THE EFFECT THAT THAT HAD
ON BOTH HIM AND THEM.
COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE
BIT MORE ABOUT THAT
AND HIS FAMILY?

Jaana says HE HAS THREE SONS
AND THEY WERE ALL
IN THEIR TEENAGE YEARS
WHEN THEY CAME TO CANADA.
SO, IT WAS ALREADY
EXTREMELY DIFFICULT
TO BEGIN WITH, BECAUSE THEY
DIDN'T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE
AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE
ANY FRIENDS HERE
AND THEY HAD TO START
THEIR LIFE ALL OVER AGAIN
ALL BASED ON THE
FACT THAT DANIEL
WAS GOING TO COME
HERE AND BE A DOCTOR.
SO, THEY HAD A HARD TIME
ADAPTING TO THE LIFESTYLE
AND SEEING HIS DAD
STUDYING AT HOME
FOR EIGHT HOURS A DAY
FOR ALL THE TESTS
AND THEN NOT BEING ABLE
TO FOLLOW THROUGH.

Chantal says DO YOU HAVE ANY UPDATES ON
DANIEL AND HIS FAMILY NOW?
IS DANIEL STILL VOLUNTEERING
IN MEDICAL CONSULTING?

Jaana says YEAH, HE'S STILL
VOLUNTEERING.
AND IT'S BEEN NINE YEARS NOW
SINCE THEY ALL CAME HERE.
AND HE'S NOT BITTER, BUT
I THINK HE'S STILL
A TINY BIT SAD INSIDE THAT
HE CAN'T BE A DOCTOR.
BUT HE MADE PEACE WITH IT
AND THAT'S WHAT WE TRIED
TO SHOW IN THE DOCUMENTARY
THAT, YOU KNOW, HE'S OKAY.
BUT HE'S NOT ABLE TO
FOLLOW HIS PASSION
OR FOLLOW HIS DREAM.

Chantal says WHAT DOES WINNING
THIS CONTEST MEAN?

Jaana says IT MEANS A LOT.
I DIDN'T GROW UP IN
CANADA BUT TVO HAS SUCH
A RICH HISTORY AND IS REALLY
PART OF ONTARIO'S HERITAGE.
AND WHEN I TELL PEOPLE
THAT GREW UP IN CANADA
THAT WE'RE PART OF
THIS CONTEST,
THEY'RE EXTREMELY
IMPRESSED.
SO IT'S WONDERFUL TO
BE PART OF A CHANNEL
THAT HAS SUCH LOVE
FOR THE GENRE.

Chantal says WONDERFUL.
WELL, THANK YOU FOR
COMING IN, JAANA,
IT'S BEEN GREAT
TALKING TO YOU.

Jaana says THANKS.

Chantal says NEXT UP, OUR SECOND
PLACE DOCUMENTARY,
A DIFFERENT WAY
BY FILMMAKER
FELICITY JUSTRABO.
HER DOCUMENTARY EXPLORES
HOW LUKE ANDERSON,
LIVING WITH QUADRIPLEGIA
FOR 13 YEARS,
CONFRONTS HIS FEARS
TO EMBRACE DATING AND
PERSONAL
RELATIONSHIPS AGAIN.
HERE IS
A DIFFERENT WAY.

[film reel clicking]
A slate appears. It reads "Winner second place, 2016."

(music plays)

A wall with a map of the underground appears on screen. Then, fast clips show passengers moving around Eglinton West station and other views of the station.

Meanwhile, a male voice says EVERYBODY REALLY HAS
THEIR OWN
QUIRKS, RIGHT?
AND I THINK IT EXISTS IN
EVERY RELATIONSHIP WHERE
THERE'S EDUCATION THAT'S
NEEDED ON HOW LIFE WORKS.
MINE JUST HAPPENS TO BE A
LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED
BECAUSE THERE ARE, THERE'S
A FEW MORE LAYERS.

(music plays)
The underground passes by. A man sitting in a wheelchair pops up after the last wagon passes. He is in his late thirties, with short auburn hair and a goatee. He wears a black trouser and a black jacket with white collar.

A black slate pops up. The narrator reads it.

She says A DIFFERENT WAY

Now, the man in the wheelchair talks to the camera. Now, he wears a denim shirt over a gray t-shirt. A caption reads "Luke Anderson."

He says I'M A PERSON WITH
QUADRIPLEGIA
AS A RESULT OF A
SPINAL CORD INJURY.
AND BECAUSE OF MY
INJURY, I NOW RELY
ON A WHEELCHAIR
TO GET AROUND.

Now, a clip shows a kid riding a bike through a forest.

Luke continues I GREW UP AS A KID
PLAYING SPORTS AND
MOUNTAIN BIKING WAS MY
VERY FAVOURITE SPORT.
AND I WANTED TO JUST
RIDE MY BIKE EVERY DAY.
SO I DID; I WAS RIDING
WITH A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE
AND WE'D HEARD OTHER RIDERS
TALKING ABOUT THIS 25 FOOT
WIDE GAP THAT YOU HAD TO
CLEAR YOUR BIKE OVER.
SO, I DID EVERYTHING THAT
I WOULD NORMALLY DO.
I REMEMBER CRANKING HARD
ON THE PEDALS AND THE WAY
THAT I LIKE TO PUT IT
IS I LEFT MY LIFE
AS SOON AS MY BIKE LEFT
THAT TAKEOFF PLATFORM,
BECAUSE I DIDN'T
MAKE THE LANDING.
I MISSED THE TRANSITION
BY A COUPLE OF INCHES.
SO MY FRONT WHEEL
HIT THE TRANSITION,
I FLEW OVER THE HANDLEBARS
AND LANDED HEAD FIRST
ON THE GROUND AND
BROKE TWO VERTEBRAE
IN MY UPPER SPINE; AND
IN THAT SPLIT SECOND,
I WAS INTRODUCED TO A VERY
DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE.

Now, Luke moves around a park.

He says I WAS CONVINCED THAT
DATING WAS NOT SOMETHING
THAT I WOULD
BE ABLE TO DO.
I'VE ALWAYS HAD A
BIT OF A HESITATION
TALKING ABOUT MY WAY
OF LIFE BECAUSE
I WAS A LITTLE BIT AFRAID
OF SCARING SOMEBODY AWAY.
AND AT FIRST,
THOSE FEELINGS
WERE HARD TO TAKE
AND DEAL WITH.
BUT ABOUT TWO OR THREE
YEARS AFTER MY INJURY,
A FRIEND OF A FRIEND
EXPRESSED INTEREST.

Now, a clip shows Luke talking with a girl in a bar.

He continues I THOUGHT THAT THAT
WAS PRETTY COOL.
SO, I EXPRESSED
INTEREST BACK.
BUT I THINK THAT INTEREST
CAME FROM THE WRONG PLACE
AND THERE WEREN'T THE
RIGHT FEELINGS ATTACHED
TO THAT RELATIONSHIP.
SO, IT ENDED.
LEARNED A LOT ABOUT
MYSELF DURING THAT TIME.
I WASN'T VERY CONFIDENT
BUT I'VE SLOWLY BUILT
THAT UP AND I'M PROUD
OF WHO I AM TODAY.
IT HIGHLIGHTED THAT
DATING IS POSSIBLE.
AND I THINK JUST THE
WAY THAT I'VE TAKEN ON
MY NEW WAY OF LIFE,
PEOPLE ARE INTERESTED
TO KNOW WHAT
THAT ENTAILS.
I'M AN OPEN BOOK AND
THERE'S A LOT OF QUESTIONS
THAT ARE GOING
THROUGH THE MIND
OF WHOEVER'S SITTING
ACROSS THE TABLE.
MY LIFE HAS VERY
INTIMATE MOMENTS
THAT HAPPEN RIGHT
OFF THE BAT.
RIGHT AT THE FIRST DATE, I
HAVE FOUND MYSELF NEEDING
HELP WITH MY JACKET OR MY
TOQUE AND SCARF, GLOVES.
SO, GETTING HELP WITH THAT
INVOLVES BEING VERY CLOSE
TO WHOEVER I MIGHT
BE MEETING UP WITH.
IT'S A LEVEL OF INTIMACY
THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN
DURING A TYPICAL
FIRST DATE.
I KNOW PRETTY
QUICK IF SOMEBODY
IS COMFORTABLE
WITH THAT.
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE OUT
THERE THAT HAVE NO INTEREST
IN DATING SOMEONE
THAT USES A WHEELCHAIR
AND I TOTALLY GET THAT.

Now, Luke comes out of an elevator. Then he moves around the neighbourhood and enters a store.

He says I THINK MY 24-YEAR-OLD
SELF PROBABLY
WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN
ALL THAT INTERESTED.
DISABILITY OR PEOPLE
THAT USE WHEELCHAIRS
WERE SO FAR OFF MY
RADAR THAT THE THOUGHT
OF BEING IN
THAT POSITION,
WOULD NEVER HAVE
CROSSED MY MIND.

Now, fast clips show Luke in different activities: meeting a friend on the street, having a drink on a bar with a girlfriend, or reading a magazine.

He says I GUESS I'M A
PEOPLE PERSON SO,
I DON'T LET THAT
SCARE ME AWAY
FROM A POTENTIAL
MEET-UP.
I SEE THE WORLD AND THE
PEOPLE IN IT AS A LIBRARY.
THERE'S SO MANY
OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE
TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
AND WE STILL THINK
THAT DATING AND
DISABILITY IS THIS DEEP,
DARK CAVE THAT WE
SHOULDN'T TALK ABOUT
BECAUSE IT'S SCARY.
IT'S NOT SCARY.
IT'S JUST A DIFFERENT
WAY TO LIVE.

(music plays)

Now, back in studio Chantal says AND JOINING ME NOW IS
FILMMAKER FELICITY JUSTRABO.
HI, FELICITY.
THANKS FOR
BEING HERE.

Felicity is in his mid-thirties with long and wavy blond hair. She wears a blue top under a black cardigan.

She says THANKS FOR
HAVING ME.

Chantal says SO, I UNDERSTAND THAT
THIS DOCUMENTARY
IS YOUR
DIRECTORIAL DEBUT?

A caption reads "Felicity Justrabo, second place winner."

She says YES, IT IS.
SO, IT'S THE VERY FIRST
FILM THAT I'VE DONE.
I DID IT AS PART OF
MY SCHOOL PROGRAM.
I GO TO SHERIDAN
COLLEGE IN OAKVILLE.
SO WE PITCHED THESE IN THE
VERY FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL.
AND YEAH, WE WERE OUT
THERE WITH A CAMERA
RIGHT AWAY AND THIS IS
WHAT WE ENDED UP WITH.

Chantal says SO, LUKE HAS BEEN IN
THE NEWS BEFORE FOR
A VERY DIFFERENT
REASON, FOR STOP-GAP.
DO YOU WANT TO TELL US
A LITTLE BIT MORE
ABOUT WHAT
STOP-GAP IS?

Felicity says SURE.
SO, STOP-GAP IS A
NON-PROFIT FOUNDATION
AND WHAT THEY DO IS
THEY PROVIDE RAMPS
FOR BUSINESSES ALL OVER
TORONTO, ALL OVER CANADA.
SO WHAT THEY DO IS THEY
PROVIDE A SPECIALLY
DESIGNED RAMP FOR YOUR
BUSINESS THAT ALLOWS IT
TO BE ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE
IN WHEELCHAIRS AS WELL
AS PEOPLE WITH BUGGIES
AND ALL SORTS OF STUFF.

Chantal says SO WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO
FOCUS ON THIS PARTICULAR
ASPECT OF LUKE'S LIFE:
DATING AND ROMANCE?

Felicity says HE PUTS IT REALLY WELL
IN THE DOCUMENTARY
AND HE SAYS, PEOPLE
DON'T LIKE TO TALK ABOUT
DISABILITY BECAUSE
OFTEN TIMES,
IT MAKES THEM
UNCOMFORTABLE.
SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD
BE REALLY INTERESTING
TO TALK ABOUT DATING AND
DISABILITY BECAUSE
IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S
POPULARLY TALKED ABOUT
ON TELEVISION OR IN BOOKS
AND STUFF LIKE THAT.
SO, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF
POSITIVE REPRESENTATION.
AND LUKE WAS JUST SO
OPEN AND COMFORTABLE
SHARING HIS OWN
EXPERIENCES WITH ME,
I THOUGHT HE WOULD MAKE
A REALLY GREAT SUBJECT.

Chantal says YEAH, HE
DEFINITELY DID.
WHAT IMPACT WOULD
YOU SAY HAS THE DOC
AND WINNING THIS
CONTEST HAD ON LUKE?

Felicity says A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE
REACHED OUT TO BOTH HIM
AND I WANTING TO SHARE
THEIR OWN EXPERIENCES
WITH DATING AND
DISABILITY.
I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE
HAVE FELT MORE COMFORTABLE
TALKING ABOUT IT AND
HAVING SOMEONE THAT'S
KIND OF LIKE THE FACE OF
IT HAS BEEN REALLY GREAT.

Chantal says WHAT IMPACT HAS WINNING
THIS CONTEST HAD
ON YOUR PLANS
FOR THE FUTURE,
FOR DOCUMENTARY
MAKING?

Felicity says WELL, IT WAS A GREAT
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.
I'M VERY HONOURED TO HAVE
MADE IT TO THE TOP THREE
AND TO BE A PART OF THIS
AND HAVE THE DOC AIR
ON TELEVISION.
IT'S A GREAT HONOUR
AND IT DEFINITELY
HAS MOTIVATED ME.
I JUST FINISHED UP A
SECOND DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT POLICE VIOLENCE
IN THE CITY OF TORONTO.
SO, THIS WAS A GREAT
MOTIVATION TO KEEP PUSHING
THROUGH WITH THAT, TO
FINISH THAT, SO YEAH.

Chantal says THANK YOU FOR COMING
IN TODAY, FELICITY.
IT WAS GREAT
TALKING TO YOU.

Felicity says GREAT, THANKS
FOR HAVING ME.

Chantal looks at the camera and says LINDSAY FITZGERALD'S
FIRST PLACE DOCUMENTARY
ABOUT EMPLOYMENT FOLLOWS
YIN BROWN WHO'S VISUALLY
IMPAIRED AS SHE TRIES
TO SECURE A JOB.
IN A MOMENT, WE'LL TALK
TO LINDSAY ABOUT HER DOC.
BUT, BEFORE THAT, HERE'S
OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER,
ABOUT EMPLOYMENT.

[film reel clicking]

A slate on screen reads "Winner first place 2016."

[traffic din]

A woman holding a white cane tries to enter a building. The door is closed; she touches the walls looking for the bell.

(music plays)

A black slate pops up.

A narrator says A SHORT FILM ABOUT EMPLOYMENT,
FEATURING YIN BROWN.

Now, a Yin Brown sits in the dark in front of a computer screen. She is in her mid-thirties.

She says THE PROBLEM WITH PRODUCING
THIS VIDEO IS THAT I,
MYSELF, WON'T BE ABLE
TO SEE THIS VIDEO
AND THAT IT'S
NOT DESCRIBED.
SO, I WOULDN'T EVEN KNOW
WHAT IS BEING SHOWN.
THE SECOND
CONCERN IS THAT,
AM I PUTTING MYSELF ON
DISPLAY LIKE A, YOU KNOW,
ODDITY PIECE AND MOST
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
REALLY RESENT THAT.

A young woman says WHAT DO YOU MEAN
ODDITY PIECE?

Yin says YOU KNOW, OH,
LOOK AT THIS!
LOOK AT HER!
LOOK AT HOW SHE WALKS
DOWN THE STREET.
I'M JUST WALKING DOWN THE
STREET IN A DIFFERENT WAY
FROM OTHER PEOPLE BUT I'M
JUST WALKING DOWN THE STREET.
I'M NOT YOUR
APE IN A CAGE.

Another slate appears on screen. The narrator reads it.

She says YIN BROWN STARTED TO LOSE
HER SIGHT IN HER EARLY TWENTIES
DUE TO A DEGENERATIVE DISEASE.

Now, a clip shows Yin looking for something in the closet.

Lindsay says TELL ME IF YOU KNOW
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THIS ONE?

A voice says AND THEN I LISTEN
TO THE SOUND.

Yin listens to the video and says NO.

Lindsay says YOU ARE PICKING OUT
CLOTHES FOR THAT INTERVIEW
YOU HAD IN OCTOBER.

Yin says MM-HMM.
SO, IN ORDER FOR ME
TO EVEN GET READY
FOR AN INTERVIEW, I HAVE
TO BE SUPER ORGANIZED
IN HOW I ARRANGE
MY CLOTHES,
SO I PICK OUT THE
RIGHT CLOTHES
THAT ACTUALLY MATCH.

[water boiling]
Now, a video shows Yin in the kitchen. She wears a red trouser and pink blouse.
Lindsay and Yin sit in front of a computer in the editing suite.

Lindsay says ARE YOU
POURING THE COFFEE?

Yin says I REALLY DON'T THINK
THAT THIS IS RELATED
TO JOB SEARCH.
THERE SHOULD BE
SOME SENSITIVITY
IN NOT PUTTING US ON
A PEDESTAL TO SAY,
WOW, LOOK AT THIS;
A BLIND PERSON
CAN POUR HOT
WATER ON HER OWN.
NO, EVERYBODY CAN DO IT,
I JUST DO IT DIFFERENTLY.

[rapid computer voice]

Yin sits in front of her laptop.

She says SO, THIS IS A JOB ALERT
THAT CAME IN THIS MORNING.
SO IT JUST SAYS APPLY BUT
I DON'T WANT TO APPLY YET.
BUT WHERE'S THE
INFORMATION FOR THAT?

[rapid computer voice]

She moves her finger over the touchpad and says GRAPHIC TEXT BOX, NO.
I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT
THAT MEANS, GRAPHIC?

Now, she says to the camera
TWO THINGS THAT HINDERS
ME AND I DON'T THINK
I SPEAK FOR EVERY
BLIND PERSON.
ONE IS THE INFORMATION
ACCESS ON THE INTERNET.
TUTOR DOCTOR VAUGHN.
I MEAN, I'M THINKING
IS THIS IN VAUGHN?
THE OTHER ONE IS GETTING
TO THE PLACE, RIGHT?
IF YOU ARE SO LUCKY THAT
YOU GET AN INTERVIEW
A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY,
DO I DISCLOSE?
DO I DISCLOSE IN
MY COVER LETTER
THAT I'M ACTUALLY A
PERSON WITH A DISABILITY?

[bell ringing]

Now, a female voice in the intercom says GOOD AFTERNOON.

Ying approaches the bell and says IT'S YIN HERE.

The voice says HI, YIN.
COME ON IN.

Yin says THANKS.

[beeping]
Yin tries to open the door but she can't.

[beeping]

Yin says OH.

[beeping]

Finally, she opens the door and enters the building. Then, snippets of a job interview appear.

She says IF DISCLOSING GIVES
ME A BETTER CHANCE,
FOR EXAMPLE, FOR CNIB;
THEY'RE LOOKING
FOR SOMEONE WITH
LIVED EXPERIENCE
OR UNDERSTANDING OF
BLINDNESS, OH,
I DISCLOSE
RIGHT AWAY.
MOST PEOPLE DON'T ASK US
SO IF THEY DON'T ASK,
I DON'T SAY.
I FIND MY WAY DOWN THERE,
TO THE INTERVIEW PLACE
AND THAT'S WHEN SOME
OF THEM ARE SHOCKED.
THEY'RE LIKE, OH MY
GOODNESS, WHAT DO I DO?
YOU KNOW, I CAN'T SEE
THEIR FACES BUT YOU CAN
JUST FEEL THERE'S THIS
SILENCE, YOU KNOW?

Now, Yin is in her house, sitting in front of the laptop.

[rapid computer voice]

A new slate appears. The narrator reads it.

She says IN THE LAST TOW MONTHS,
YIN HAS HAD SIX JOB INTERVIEWS
FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT POSITIONS,
NONE OF WHICH WERE SUCCESSFUL.

Lindsay and Yin are in the editing suite.

Lindsay says THIS IS ON THE WAY TO THE
TORONTO EMPLOYMENT CENTRE
BUT THIS CROSSWALK
DOESN'T HAVE
ONE OF THOSE
AUDIBLE SIGNALS.

[traffic din]

In the video, Yin stands at a corner, waiting to cross a street.

She says LIKE, IF I WERE TO
TRAVEL ON MY OWN,
NOBODY WOULD BE HERE TO
SAY YOU'RE NOT AT
THE CROSSWALK YET.
SO WHAT I DO, I HAVE TO
KIND OF STICK NEAR
TO THE CURB AND THEN
UNTIL I FEEL, UM.

The screen goes black.

Yin says IF I GO STRAIGHT WILL I
HIT THE ISLAND OR NO?

A man says UH, NO THERE'S NO
ISLAND ON THIS STREET.

Yin says OH, NO ISLAND
ON THIS PART?

The man says OH, YOU MEAN TO THE
STREETCAR ISLAND?

Yin says YEAH.

He says OH, COME WITH
ME, COME WITH ME.

Yin says WHERE IS IT?

The man says IT'S RIGHT
OVER HERE.

Yin says "HERE" MEANING?

(music plays)

Now, the video shows Yin standing in queue and then walking down the stairs to the underground station.

Lindsay says IT'S NOT GLAMORIZING
BUT IT IS REMARKABLE
TO SEE HOW WELL
HUMAN BEINGS ADAPT.

Yin says I WOULD SAY CARRY THAT
INTO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM.
CARRY THAT INTO THE
EMPLOYMENT SITUATION
WHERE PEOPLE SAY, IT'S
WONDERFUL THIS PERSON
CAN WALK DOWN
THE STREET.
WELL, WE CAN'T REALLY TRUST
HER WITH A JOB, RIGHT?
IT'S WONDERFUL THAT SHE
CAN MAKE COFFEE FOR HERSELF
BUT WE CAN'T TRUST
HER WITH A KITCHEN JOB?
YOU KNOW, YOU'RE AMAZED
AT US, MEANING ME,
HOW WE CAN DO THIS AND
THAT BUT WHEN IT COMES
TO OKAY, PUT YOUR MONEY
WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS, NO.

A new slate appears.

The narrator says IN CANADA, ADULTS WITH VISION LOSS
FACE AND UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF NEARLY
70 PERCENT,
ACCORDING TO THE LAST STATISTICAL REPORT.

Now, back in studio, Chantal says AND JOINING ME NOW IS
LINDSAY FITZGERALD.
CONGRATULATIONS,
LINDSAY.
THANKS FOR
BEING HERE.

Lindsay is in her late twenties with long light brown hair. She wears a light blue shirt.

She smiles and says THANKS, THANKS
SO MUCH.

Chantal says YIN BROWN'S STORY, WHAT
WAS IT ABOUT HER STORY
AND JUST HER AS A
PERSON THAT MADE YOU
WANT TO MAKE A
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HER?

A caption on screen reads "Lindsay Fitzgerald, first place winner."

Lindsay says I HAD KNOWN YIN FOR
A WHILE BEFORE
MAKING THIS
SHORT FILM.
AND IT WAS THE FACT
THAT OVER THE COURSE
OF OUR THREE-YEAR
RELATIONSHIP,
TWO OF THOSE YEARS I
THINK SHE SPENT
EITHER LOOKING
FOR A JOB,
GETTING A CONTRACT
POSITION OR THEN
CONTINUING TO
LOOK FOR A JOB.
SO EVERY TIME I WOULD
CHECK-IN ONCE A MONTH
OR WHATEVER AND WE
WOULD GET A COFFEE,
SHE WAS CONTINUOUSLY GOING
TO INTERVIEWS AND GETTING
THE INTERVIEW BUT THEN
NOT GETTING THE JOB.
SO, I STARTED FROM THERE
AND JUST ASKED HER
IF I COULD FOLLOW HER
THROUGH THE WHOLE PROCESS.

Chantal says IN THE TIME SINCE, HAS
SHE FOUND EMPLOYMENT?

Lindsay says NO, NOT PAID
EMPLOYMENT.
I THINK THAT THERE'S
ANOTHER TELEVISION NETWORK
FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
THAT HAVE INVITED HER
TO BE A HOST BUT IT'S
ALSO VOLUNTARY
SO SHE STILL HAS
NOT FOUND A JOB.
AND WE DIDN'T REALLY KNOW
IF THE FILM WOULD BE -
BECAUSE SHE'S SUCH A
STRONG CHARACTER AND HER WORDS
ARE SO STRONG THAT IT
WOULD BE SOMETHING
THAT WOULD HELP HER GET A
JOB OR IT WOULD DETER PEOPLE
FROM HIRING HER, HAVING
SUCH A STRONG CHARACTER;
AN ADVOCACY PERSON
IN THEIR NEWSROOM.
I THINK IF I WERE AN
EMPLOYER THEN I WOULD
DEFINITELY HIRE HER BUT
THAT'S JUST ME, SO.

Chantal says AND THAT PERSONALITY
DEFINITELY COMES THROUGH
IN THE DOCUMENTARY.
AND THERE A COUPLE OF
REALLY INTERESTING
FILMMAKING CHOICES THAT
YOU MAKE TO REALLY
PUT THE AUDIENCE
IN YIN'S SHOES.
YOU WANT TO TELL
US A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THOSE
PARTICULAR CHOICES?

Lindsay says ONE OF THE RISKIER
CHOICES THAT I MADE,
THERE WERE TWO
OF THEM.
ONE WAS PUTTING YIN IN
THE EDIT SUITE WITH ME
TO DISCUSS THE FOOTAGE
AND THE TENSION
THAT YOU FEEL
THERE WAS REAL.
BETWEEN ME AND HER AND HER
CRITIQUING THE CHOICES
THAT I WAS MAKING AND
THEN ME MAKING CHANGES
ACCORDING TO THAT.
WITH CERTAIN DECISIONS THAT
I WAS MAKING TO FILM HER
POURING COFFEE, FOR
EXAMPLE, WAS A CLASSIC
REPRESENTATION OF PEOPLE
WITH DISABILITIES
THAT SHE JUST DIDN'T
AGREE WITH.
AND THE SECOND ONE
WAS GOING TO BLACK
WHEN WE'RE CROSSING
THE ROAD.
BECAUSE THAT ONE I
DIDN'T FILM ANY IMAGES,
I JUST RECORDED THE AUDIO
AND HAD A MIC WITH ME
AND WE JUST
WENT ON A WALK.
AND OVER THE COURSE OF
THAT 20-MINUTE WALK
THERE WERE JUST A NUMBER
OF MOMENTS WHERE
ALL I COULD HEAR WAS
WHAT YIN WAS HEARING
AND IT REALLY MADE ME
AWARE OF HOW TERRIFYING
IT CAN BE TO BE AT A
MAJOR INTERSECTION
IN TORONTO MOST OF
WHICH DO NOT HAVE
AUDIBLE SIGNALS.
AND SO I FELT LIKE IF YIN
WASN'T GOING TO BE ABLE
TO SEE THIS DOCUMENTARY THERE
NEEDED TO BE SOMETHING
IN IT THAT PEOPLE WOULD
EXPERIENCE WHAT SHE FELT.
WHICH IS SHE STILL CAN'T
SEE THE DOCUMENTARY SO,
PEOPLE NEED TO EXPERIENCE
ONE OF THOSE SCENES
WITHOUT BEING
ABLE TO SEE IT.
SO, THAT MADE SENSE.

Chantal says SINCE THE DOCUMENTARY
HAS BEEN COMPLETED,
AS YOU MENTIONED,
SHE HASN'T SEEN
THE DOCUMENTARY BUT
HAS SHE HAD ANY COMMENTS
ABOUT THE RESULTS?

Lindsay laughs and says YEAH, SHE WAS SHOCKED
BECAUSE THIS WASN'T
INTENDED TO BE SOMETHING
THAT WOULD BE PUBLICLY
BROADCAST ACROSS
THE PROVINCE.
WE'VE HAD LOTS
OF GOOD FEEDBACK.
WE'VE HAD SOME
CRITIQUES.
PEOPLE IN THE DISABILITY
COMMUNITY I THINK
HAVE BEEN REALLY
HAPPY WITH IT.
AND THAT'S BECAUSE OF
THE NATURE OF ME WORKING
CLOSELY WITH YIN FOR
THE EDITORIAL CHOICES.
BUT SHE CONTINUES TO SAY
THAT SHE SOUNDS SO GLOOMY.

[laughing]

She continues IN THE DOCUMENTARY AND I
JUST LAUGH AT HER AND SAY,
WELL, IT'S NOT A
PUFF PIECE SO, YEAH,
YOU'RE GOING TO SOUND
PISSED OFF AND I THINK
YOU SHOULD BE
PISSED OFF.
BUT IN PERSON SHE'S
A VERY BUBBLY, CANDID,
SMILEY, LIKE JOYFUL
PERSON TO BE AROUND.
SO, THAT'S THE PART
THAT'S MISSING
FROM THE FILM
I THINK.

Chantal says WHAT ABOUT YOU?
GETTING THE CALL THAT
YOU'D WON FIRST PRIZE
FOR THIS CONTEST.
WHAT WAS THAT LIKE?

Lindsay says THAT WAS INCREDIBLE.
I HONESTLY DIDN'T
EXPECT TO WIN,
BECAUSE I LOOKED AT THE
OTHER DOCUMENTARIES
THAT WERE IN THE TOP TEN
AND THEY WERE WONDERFUL.
AND I FELT LIKE
MINE WAS UH...
NOT AS CHEERFUL,
PUT IT THAT WAY.
IT WAS SHINING LIGHT ON
A PROBLEM THAT I THINK
NEEDS TO BE BETTER
UNDERSTOOD.
I THINK FOR ABOUT A WEEK
IT DIDN'T REALLY SINK IN
THAT WE HAD WON THE
COMPETITION AND
WE STILL KIND OF
GIGGLE ABOUT IT NOW.

Chantal says WHAT HAS WINNING THE
CONTEST MEAN
FOR YOUR PLANS FOR THE
FUTURE FOR THE FILMMAKING?

Lindsay says SOME OF THE RISKS
THAT I TOOK,
SOME OF THE CHOICES I
MADE WERE WORTHWHILE,
AND SO IT GIVES ME THE
CONFIDENCE TO TRY AND PUSH
THE FORUM AND PUSH IT
INTO A LONGER NARRATIVE.

Chantal says WELL, LINDSAY, THANK YOU
AGAIN FOR COMING IN
AND CONGRATULATIONS ON
WINNING FIRST PLACE
IN THIS YEAR'S
SHORT DOC CONTEST.

Lindsay says OH, THANKS FOR
HAVING ME.
YEAH, IT'S
WONDERFUL.
THANKS FOR HAVING ME AND
THANKS TO TVO, THANKS.

Chantal says GREAT.

The, she looks at the camera and says IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN THE
CONTEST FOR INSPIRATION,
YOU CAN WATCH ALL OF
THIS YEAR'S WINNING FILMS,
THE FINALISTS, THE
SEMI-FINALISTS
AND FIND OUT MORE
ABOUT THE CONTEST AT…

A slate with a web address appears. Chantal reads it.

She says TVO DOT ORG SLASH SHORT DOC
THANKS FOR WATCHING.

[film reel clicking]

The credits roll.

Watch: TVO's Short Doc Contest - The Winners