If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what would you say? Through this documentary, Philippine-born filmmaker Lester Alfonso attempts to answer this question by interviewing twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself.

Produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.


Lester Alfonso
Lester Alfonso
Lea Marin
director of photography
Alan Poon
Wayne Eardley
Gordon Thorne
Lester Alfonso
sound recordist
Chris Miller
original music
Tammy Foreman
sound editor
Grant Edmonds
Jordan Masciangelo
visual researcher
Erin Chisholm
Nisha Pahuja
re-recording mixer
Jean Paul Vialard
executive producer
Silva Basmajian


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    “I became aware of this site a few years ago when I learned of a movie that had been sponsored by the NFB. Since then, I´ve become a regular viewer of the documentaries on this site. "Twelve" offers up a treasure trove of insight and wisdom on the human condition from its own particular perspective. Like many of the other human interest stories, it forms part of the tapestry of the Canadian, but also human, experience. Thanks to the producers and creators of the "Twelve" and the other great docs and many, many thanks to the NFB and those who are responsible for its operation and funding, who correctly believe that profit should not be the main motive in story telling. ” — GeorgeOM, 19 Jun 2014

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