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My Father's Secrets Les secrets de mon père


Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 4, 7:00 pm
Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk
June 7 – June 8
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries France, Belgium
Year 2022
Running Time 74 MIN
Language English
Director Véra Belmont

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Based on the graphic novel by renowned Israeli author and cartoonist Michel Kichka, My Father’s Secret is a visually-stunning and poignant story of a family living in the shadow of the Holocaust. Growing up in 1960s Belgium, Michel and his younger brother Charly know that their father is hiding a secret but his refusal to speak about his past casts a pall on their otherwise happy childhood. Similar to Maus, the choice to render the story through animation allows the viewer to process a tale of generational trauma at a distance while underscoring the transformative power that art played in Michel’s relationship with his father.
(See also: Kichka: Life is a Cartoon)

Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Presentation Details

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Review "A keen study of the heroic and revolutionary nature of healing and reconciliation", - Variety