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Between: Living in the Hyphen

2005 43 min
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Anne Marie Nakagawa's documentary examines what it means to have a background of mixed ancestries that cannot be easily categorized. By focusing on 7 Canadians who have one parent from a European background and one of a visible minority, she attempts to get at the root of what it means to be multi-ethnic in a world that wants each person to fit into a single category. Finding a satisfactory frame of reference in our 'multicultural utopia' turns out to be more complex than one might think. Between: Living in the Hyphen offers a provocative glimpse of what the future holds: …

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Anne Marie Nakagawa's documentary examines what it means to have a background of mixed ancestries that cannot be easily categorized. By focusing on 7 Canadians who have one parent from a European background and one of a visible minority, she attempts to get at the root of what it means to be multi-ethnic in a world that wants each person to fit into a single category.

Finding a satisfactory frame of reference in our 'multicultural utopia' turns out to be more complex than one might think. Between: Living in the Hyphen offers a provocative glimpse of what the future holds: a departure from hyphenated names towards a celebration of fluidity and being mixed.
  • participant
    Fred Wah
    Shannon Waters
    Suzette Mayr
    Tinu Sinha
    Tina Thomison
    Charlene Hellson
    Karina Vernon
  • writer
    Anne Marie Nakagawa
  • director
    Anne Marie Nakagawa
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
  • director of photography
    Craig Wrobleski
  • editor
    Jamie Francey
  • original music
    Emre Unal
  • sound design
    Emre Unal
  • location sound
    Gary Bruckner
    Frank Russo
  • graphic design
    John Cameron
  • musician
    Emre Unal
  • production assistant
    Tinu Sinha
    Noel Begin
    Brian Batista
  • research
    Elizabeth Klinck
  • transcription
    Bridget Toms
    Christa Krislock
  • audio post-production
    Em Re Cords Music & Design
  • video post-production
    White Iron Digital Studios
  • online editor
    Jamie Francey
  • colourist
    Jamie Francey
  • production coordinator
    Ginette D'Silva
    Faye Yoneda
    Cindy Gillies
  • production supervisor
    Kelly Isaac
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea

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Education

Ages 12 to 17
Use the statistics Canada website to track ethnic diversity in Canada and track how many individuals do not identify with a single ethnicity. Conduct surveys (at a local mall or park) on personal identity and present findings to the class.
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