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When You Give of Yourself

When You Give of Yourself

| 5 min

Mohammed and Yulanda Faris are generous and devoted patrons of the arts. Through dramatic re-creation, this short documentary captures the spirit of Montreal in the 1950s, the early days of their relationship, and their passion for music and dance. If we all danced more, says Yulanda Faris, we would be happier people.

Produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2010 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Mohammed Faris
    Yulanda Faris
  • writer
    Lynne Stopkewich
  • director
    Lynne Stopkewich
  • producer
    Selwyn Jacob
  • cast
    Michael Antonakos
    Tara Nazemi
  • director of photography
    Gregory Middleton
  • editor
    Lisa Binkley
  • visual effects supervisor
    Lisa Robison
  • original music
    Don MacDonald
  • sound design
    Kerry Uchida
  • choreographer
    Jennifer Macleish-Lewis
  • art director
    Tony Devenyi
  • set decorator
    Carla Miranda
  • sound recordist
    Brent Calkin
  • 1st assistant camera
    Nicholas McKenzie
  • gaffer
    Sean Rooney
  • key grip
    David Kershaw
  • grip
    Jessica Andrein Uribe
  • wardrobe stylist
    Maria Livingstone
  • makeup
    Tiffany Easton
  • hairstylist
    Amber Porter
  • production assistant
    Anu Sahota
    Damian Kuehn
    Louvens Remy
  • re-recording studio
    DBC Sound Inc.
  • re-recording mixer
    Bill Sheppard
  • mix technician
    Peter Eliuk
  • post-production services
    Deluxe Vancouver
  • production coordinator
    Jennifer Roworth
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 14 to 15

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Health/Personal Development - Healthy Relationships

This film begins by showing Muhammed and Yulanda Faris’s devotion to the arts and culture and then engages the viewer in a discussion of the vital role of generosity in sustaining the life of a couple. These two people are patrons of the arts and their life as a couple has grown stronger because of their support for culture. How great a role does an individual play in cultural development? Do ethnic or other differences create obstacles that hinder a healthy relationship? Does a couple need to share passionate interests for love to grow?

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