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Drawing from Life

Drawing from Life

| 30 min

This short documentary follows a group therapy workshop for people who have attempted to end their lives more than once. A hybrid of vérité and animation, the film is a candid portrayal of 12 people who together, for 20 weeks, take on their fears, their behaviours and their ghosts to move towards life and away from suicide.

Drawing from Life is a production of the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker-in-Residence project, produced with the creative participation of Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Animation Arts Centre.

  • writer
    Katerina Cizek
  • director
    Katerina Cizek
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
    Jed DeCory
    Mark Jones
  • cinematographer
    Katerina Cizek
  • editor
    Katerina Cizek
  • sound recordist
    Jeff Reyes
    Chris Miller
  • additional photography
    Branden Bratuhin
  • animator
    Dianna Basso
    Ken Collins
    Andrew Gregoire
    Rie Shibazaki
    Daks Tomas
    Junyu Zhao
  • animation supervisor
    Ben McEvoy
  • program coordinator
    Mark Jones
  • additional animation
    Barney Wornoff
  • online editor
    Denis Gathelier
  • colourist
    Denis Gathelier
  • sound design
    Chris Miller
  • original music composer
    Bob Wiseman
  • violin
    Brigitte Dajczer
  • perframbulator
    Julia Nesbelch
  • production coordinator
    Corinne Herman
  • administration coordinator
    Joanne Forrest
  • marketing manager
    Jennifer Humphries
  • technical coordinator
    Branden Bratuhin
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 16 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide

Warnings: Self-harm, suicidal ideation, suicide are discussed. Teachers should have information for students on who to contact if they are feeling uncomfortable with the topic.

This documentary follows a group of people who are in therapy after having experienced two or more suicide attempts. The theme is the courage it takes to live. Teachers will need to use this documentary with a great deal of awareness of their students’ needs and make sure they have access to helplines and resources if needed. Students can discuss, reflect and research the issues raised in this film, including the issues of fear, anger, shame, stigma and isolation that are raised.   

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