"No Place to Hide: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story" written, directed and produced by Rama Rau/Trinetra Productions
In 2014, Canada became one of the first countries to introduce the law on cyberbullying, also called Rehtaeh’s Law. NO PLACE TO HIDE: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story is the story of a teenage girl from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who decided to end her life on April 7, 2013. The suicide was her permanent solution to the problem of being cyberbullied and harassed over the online distribution of a photo taken during an alleged gang-rape that occurred when she was extremely drunk. As a retelling of one of Canada’s most shocking failures, this is a case that shook Canada and the world.
"Jesus Town USA" written, directed and produced by Billie Mintz/Imagin8r
For 88 years, a small Oklahoma town has pantomimed a passion play on a bizarre reproduction of Jerusalem built into the Wichita foothills. ‘Jesus Town USA’ is a light-hearted and comedic documentary chronicling the journey of a 100-strong amateur cast, a dozen horses, and very devout community. Once boasting audiences of over 200,000. the Pageant now struggles to find any audience at all. When the man playing Jesus for 8 years retires, his replacement, a long-standing member of the cast, has a secret he is hiding from everyone. The journey from casting to opening night is a real-life ‘Waiting for Guffman’ set in the heart of Oklahoma. With endearing characters, quirky humor, and stunning cinematography, ‘Jesus Town USA’ documents a town grappling with questions of tradition, legacy, and what it means to be a community.