This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.
Ages 13 to 18
English Language Arts - Poetry
Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Family Studies/Home Economics - Housing
Ideal for encouraging students to use art to explore social issues. Use poetry, fiction, painting, music or another art form to create an artistic piece that explores a social issue affecting your life, family, neighbourhood or community. Describe your creative process, the themes you wanted to explore and the reaction that others had to the piece. Then create a second piece. How did others’ comments affect or influence your second piece? What surprised you about your own message and process?