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Glimpses of Heaven (2006)

As a small child, Peter Gary lay helpless while his mother took the brunt of Nazi machine gun fire meant for both of them. Left to die in a desolate forest with only a handful of other ... See full summary »

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As a small child, Peter Gary lay helpless while his mother took the brunt of Nazi machine gun fire meant for both of them. Left to die in a desolate forest with only a handful of other survivors, Gary narrowly escaped his own extermination on a frigid Christmas Eve in 1941. During the Japanese invasion of China, Wayne Ngan fled to Canada with his mother at the age of 13. Unable to speak the language of his new land, and exposed to snow for the first time, Ngan was handed off to alcoholic grandparents who mirrored the environment's icy welcome. George Littlechild, a native Cree, was separated from his family as a baby simply because the Canadian government determined that indigenous people were incapable of providing for themselves. As a result, Littlechild's youth is marked by painful memories of brutal physical and mental abuse, perpetrated by the very white foster families that were assigned to care for him. Out of the destructive funeral pyre of their youths, each of these ... Written by Christopher Nevin Johnston

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A documentary about transforming childhood trauma into sparks of creativity.

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27 January 2007 (USA)  »

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CAD 100,000 (estimated)
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Wayne Ngan: We're not born to die, we're born to live!
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Amazing doc
22 May 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the best artist documentaries I have seen. It really gets into the psych behind the artist and gives you insight into their motivations and past. The filmmaker clearly understands that artists are motivated by much more than what they see. The three artists that are the subjects of the documentary had very difficult pasts that have shaped who they are and what they currently produce as art and the filmmaker is able to convey that message to the audience with a clarity that I have not experienced in such a high level before. However, you do not need to be an art fanatic to enjoy this documentary. There is so much more here. I highly recommend this movie to everyone.


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