Once Upon a Journey
- Runtime: 46 minutes
Once Upon a Journey tells the story of a unique media studies program at Laurier Macdonald High School in the east end of Montreal. The overwhelming majority of the students in this school are second and third generation Canadians, most of Italian descent.
Their project has them interview older family members, then write and design a professionally printed book based on the immigrant experiences of their relatives. But Once Upon a Journey goes beyond the classroom into the homes and lives of several of the students.
From eating disorders in the midst of a rich Italian food tradition, to discovering dark family secrets to intergenerational conflict between a strictly raised mother who feels lost raising her two Canadian born, Once Upon a Journey portrays the joys and challenges of growing up in a community that bridges two different culture and value systems.
“These are passionate, committed film makers who are determined to follow their characters into challenging physical and emotional territory, no matter how treacherous the journey.”
– Jerry McIntosh, former Director of Independent Documentaries, CBC