As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world in the Spring of 2020, my four-year-old son was fascinated by disaster stories, such as the sinking of the Titanic. One night, as he slept, and as folks bravely marched for racial healing and social justice across North America, I thought about the way children are coming of age at a time when humanity is also struggling to come to maturity. What have they known of the world we are leaving behind, and what will we all build in the months and years ahead?
The poem Another World came through that night.
Between June and December 2020, a small team of us, from Winnipeg, Toronto and New York, regularly met after our children were asleep and crafted a vision for that world.
Creator & Narrator: Esther Maloney
Illustrator & Animator: Josefina Hernandez
Director of Photography: Laura Friedmann
Camera Operator: Kyle Schmalenberg
Editors: Jordan Bighorn & Laura Friedmann
Score & Sound Design: Cameron Britton
Colour Correction: Liam Moore
Actors: Yeshua Clavijo Villada, Sonya Francis, Maya Francis, Ilan Mostmand, Kalila Mostmand, Blair Schmalenberg
Additional Voices: Shayan & Junayna Rushdy
Stay in touch on Instagram @buildanotherworld
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.