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| 43 min

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.

  • writer
    Lester Alfonso
  • director
    Lester Alfonso
  • producer
    Lea Marin
  • director of photography
    Alan Poon
    Wayne Eardley
  • director of photography - Super 8 and photomation
    Wayne Eardley
  • editor
    Gordon Thorne
  • narrator
    Lester Alfonso
  • sound recordist
    Chris Miller
  • original music
    Tammy Foreman
  • 1st assistant camera
    Marcus Matyas
  • timelapse photography
    Lester Alfonso
  • additional sound recording
    Daniel Hewitt
  • additional camera assistant
    Garth Archibald
    Michael Jari Davidson
  • assistant editor
    Garth Archibald
    Marcus Matyas
  • additional music composer
    Steve Richman
  • photographic treatments - animator
    Ian Thomson
  • sound editor
    Grant Edmonds
    Jordan Masciangelo
  • visual researcher
    Erin Chisholm
  • music clearance researcher
    Kathryn Waugh
  • researcher
    Nisha Pahuja
  • on-line
    Denis Pilon
  • colour correction
    Denis Pilon
  • re-recording mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • production coordinator
    Corinne Herman
    Norma Mendoza
  • technical coordinator
    Branden Bratuhin
  • technical assistant
    Christopher Logan
  • marketing manager
    Jane Gutteridge
  • administration coordinator
    Joanne Forrest
  • production secretary
    Renée Lottridge
  • centre administrator
    Brigitte Sachse
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • commissioning editor
    Andrew Johnson


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