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The Silence (2015)

| Documentary, Short
There are children. There are those who abuse them. And there are those who know, but never tell.


Cleo Tellier
45 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rain Clews-Fehr ... Young Jerome
Jadon Clews ... Jerome
Macy Drouin ... Young Ann
Isabella Cardarelli ... Ann (as Isabella Carr)
Fabienne Hodge-Carter ... Ann's Sister
Tanith Vezina ... Young Leslie
Avery Glover ... Leslie
Yvanna-Rose Leblanc ... Young Isabelle
Jaeda LeBlanc ... Isabelle
Daryl Hornby Daryl Hornby ... Charli
Chad Jewell Chad Jewell ... Foster Dad
Sabrina Persaud ... Teacher
Joseph Palmer Joseph Palmer ... Jerome's Abuser
Rebecca Chan ... Child #1
Dia Prijono Dia Prijono ... Child #2


Ann, Leslie, Isabelle and Jerome were four out of the two million children who live in foster care all around the world. Before their life in foster care, they were forgotten, abused, unseen and unloved. Today, they decide to break the silence surrounding child abuse, and share their story to the world in a heartbreaking way. Written by Cleo Tellier

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There are children. There are those who abuse them. And there are those who know, but never tell.


Documentary | Short


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Cleo Tellier received more than 300 submissions for the four lead roles. See more »


Young Jerome: You're brainwashed to think that you deserve it.
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Whisper Falls
Written by Cousin Silas
Performed by Cousin Silas
Courtesy of Free Floating Music
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Powerful film with a strong message
15 February 2016 | by sam_smithreviewSee all my reviews

A film that's titled "The Silence" has the courage and bravery to speak up and shed a light on a topic that otherwise people would choose to avoid. The Silence tackles the issues of not just those who abuse children, but rather those who see it, and choose not to say anything. Those whose silence causes more emotional pain and makes the children feel like it's their fault, or it's something that is believed to be okay. Silence can easily be represented as acceptance, especially from the eyes of a child. The film starts off with the most innocent sound known to men, a cry of a baby, which then transfers into a fast paced wave before it descends into silence. The film uses voice offer of four brave people who are willing to share their stories with the audience, and the directors uses Young actors to express the emotion visually. The use of minimalism in this film is done in such a way that it allows the audience to engage and not only see, but also feel the story that is being told to them. One of the more surprising aspects of this film, was that all the young actors were amazing. You could see the pain and the emotion through their eyes and body language. The Director Cleo Tellier did a fantastic joy of not trying to reenact each of the memories, but rather let the focus be on the innocence of the children, and the sad realization that those who do not speak up for them are just as guilty as those that abuse them. This was definitely a surprising gem at the festival! Absolutely amazing short film that grabs your heart and makes you brain think as well! Thank you for speaking up.

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English | French

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Canada


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CAD8,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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