World Radio Day, which takes place on Feb. 13 and began in 2012, was created by UNESCO to celebrate radio and its important place in our society. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is teaming up with FRI to host BOOM BOX, a live webcast taking place on World Radio Day and broadcasting out of the McMillan Agency’s studio in Ottawa’s ByWard Market.
As the story takes audiences back into the past, we meet Jem, played by U of O alumna Carol Sinclair, and her father John, a fame-obsessed drunkard. Throughout the play, audiences watch as each character’s past unfolds, and how they struggle to find true meaning and faith in life.
Borsa and Marquis traveled from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia with a limited crew to create the film, collecting testimonies from Canadians whose livelihoods and cultures could be influenced by the approval and construction of the pipeline.
It was praised for its organic portrayal of the grim circumstances in Rio de Janeiro, yet also depicting the subtle beauty of the slum. The movie takes you on a high speed rollercoaster of gangs, violence, drugs, money, hope, death and the struggle with identity in the beaten down slums of Rio de Janeiro.