Unarmed Verses

Growing up in a Community Housing Project, 12-year-old Francine Valentine always had difficulty expressing herself, until she found Art Starts, a program that encouraged her to record her story in her own words. Through her powerful voice, she gives a unique insight into the reality of living in her community, and the far-reaching effects of its recent gentrification.

This powerful documentary won Best Canadian Feature at the Hot Docs festival in 2017, and won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF’s Canada’s Top 10.


(2017) Director: Charles Officer Screenwriter: Charles Officer Starring: Francine Valentine 86 Minutes. G. English.