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Family Motel (2007)

Helene Klodawsky, 2007, 87 min 49 s This feature film tells the story of a Somali refugee who confronts the unexpected when she and her teenage daughters are evicted from their apartment ... See full summary »

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Helene Klodawsky
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Paul Finnigan Paul Finnigan ... Bar Patron
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Helene Klodawsky, 2007, 87 min 49 s This feature film tells the story of a Somali refugee who confronts the unexpected when she and her teenage daughters are evicted from their apartment for arrears in rent. Even working two jobs as a cleaner, headstrong and determined Ayan finds it tough to scrape by in Canada, let alone send money to her anxious husband and two sons in East Africa. In the midst of a severe housing shortage. Ayan and her daughters are exiled to the city's tattered hinterland among other homeless families and unsettled souls. Through community-based storytelling and a trio of remarkable performances, Family Motel charts one family's confrontation with life on the edge as they fall through the cracks in a land of plenty. Written by Coleman Mannheim

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NFB [Canada]

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English

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12 October 2007 (Canada) See more »

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Powerful and excellent
20 March 2010 | by johnehrenzweigSee all my reviews

Family Motel is one powerful movie about the millions of marginalized refugees in the West. It's the visually stunning story about an industrious Somali immigrant and her teenage girls who become homeless as a result of a chain of misadventures. The non-professional actors are amazing, and the authenticity bites hard. Heartbreaking and inspiring. At times you can mistake the film for a documentary because there is a rawness to the performances, but by the time the film ends, and the credits roll you realize that the central family is acting. Other minor characters such the loud mouthed motel owner, family friends, and the pimpy guy who comes on to the underage daughter, all play their parts so convincingly. And I really loved the music, especially the songs by Somali superstar singer Ka'nan.


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