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The Curve
The Curve
2020 4 films

The Curve is the pulse of our nation, beating in its own time during this unprecedented time. Our creators, with their talent and insight, are bringing to life the voices of Canadians touched by COVID-19, both near and far. The Curve is an online destination where these experiences will be expressed in animation, documentary and digital storytelling formats.


Many Black, racialized and immigrant women work with elderly patients as healthcare providers. Their jobs, already arduous and underpaid as it is, have become even more exhausting during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some public commentators have described them as overrepresented in this sector because of their culture, and hailed them as “guardian angels,” what do they themselves have to say? This cross-sectional portrait of some of these women takes the form of a meditative essay.

  • direction
    Valérie Bah
    Tatiana Zinga Botao
  • writing
    Valérie Bah
    Tatiana Zinga Botao
  • participation
    Roselène Clément
    Mary Bercy
  • producer
    Pierre-Mathieu Fortin
  • cinematographer
    Valérie Bah
  • editing
    Myriam Magassouba
  • sound design
    Ilyaa Ghafouri
  • location sound
    Arya Afshar Mohajer
  • production manager
    Yousra Benziane
  • driver
    Masha Nazina
  • technical support - editing
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Patrick Trahan
  • titles design
    Daphnée Brisson-Cardin
  • infographics
    Alain Ostiguy
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • foley
    Nicolas Gagnon
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Isabelle Lussier
  • music
    Elena Stoodley
  • administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
  • senior production coordinator
    Joëlle Lapointe
  • production coordinator
    Alexandra Bourque
    Chinda Phommarinh
  • studio coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • line producer
    Mélanie Lasnier
  • executive producer
    Nathalie Cloutier


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Ages 13 to 18

Diversity - Black Studies
Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Family Studies/Home Economics - Aging/Death and Dying
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Short documentary that’s part of The Curve, a series about life during the pandemic. A moving, meditative essay that features the voices of Black women who work tirelessly to care for elderly patients as healthcare providers, and yet still face racism. A very personal and compelling account of how hurtful racism is. If class is properly prepared for a respectful discussion, could be used as a conversation starter about racism. How do you feel about the nurse not giving the nun she cared for forgiveness?

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