Yes, good things do come in small packages. They also come in full-sized Canadian canoes.
The 2017 Water Docs Film Festival has received the best attendance and reviews yet. Thanks for the love. The final film of our closing day of the Water Drops Shorts Program (Sunday, April 2, 3 to 5:30 pm), The Canoe, will carry the momentum with some powerful J-strokes. It's receiving a lot of social media buzz... and we can see why.
Gorgeously lyrical in visual composition and narration, the film captures the bond between human and nature through the stories of five canoeists paddling through different parts of Ontario. It also underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connection.
Says director Goh Iromoto: "I started paddling around the age of seven in downtown Toronto. Thanks to the canoe, I’ve made some lifelong friends and connections, not to mention memories and stories, that I’ll never forget. I wanted to show how several other paddlers similar to me have created strong intimate connections alongside the canoe.
"It really gave me great joy to see how rich the mosaic of stories I encountered were. Whether they were young or old, or from various cultural backgrounds, individuals were taking the traditional Canadian vessel and seeking new meaning with it. For me, the diverse paddlers I met while filming this project represented a Canada that has grown and evolved since its birth 150 years ago - and something that I was able to stand proud of today."
The five short films preceding The Canoe also deliver boatloads of impact.
Skeleton Sea: Tides of Tomorrow: Following two Norwegian surfers who clean beaches to create amazing art.
Conserving Water in Urban Areas: Examining an Urban Green Infrastructure Project at the Lower Thames Conservation Authority office, in Chatham, Ontario,
The Diver: The chief diver in the Mexico City sewage system operates in a surreal floating world to keep the waters running.
En la Orilla: About a hard-working fishing family on the Baja Peninsula who struggle on the margins of existence.
The Storm Downstream: An Alabama man tries to save his backyard river from harmful sediment pollution caused by a large development site upstream.
No need to tip your canoe: there are still tickets available for the Sunday screenings that are closing the 2017 Water Docs Film Festival - a few small but wonder-filled Water Drops.