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Neighbours and Other Strangers

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City dwellers are strangers with overlapping lives. They exchange glances in a restaurant. They bump into each other on a street corner, only to continue on, alone. This trio of award-winning films explores solitude and happenstance and the search for connections within the city. Neighbours and Other Strangers marks the video debut of the festival favourite When the Day Breaks (by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis). This remarkable collection also features Wendy Tilby's Strings, the 1991 Academy Award Nominee for Best Animated Short, and Tables of Content, Wendy Tilby's acclaimed student film made at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. When the Day Breaks (1999, 9:33) After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby the Pig seeks affirmation in the city around her and finds it in surprising places. When the Day Breaks illuminates the links which connect our urban lives while evoking the promise and fragility of a new day. Strings (1991, 10:19) Two neighbours are intimately linked by the shared ceilings, floors and plumbing of their apartments. One day, fate--in the form of a leaking bath--contrives to bring them briefly into contact. Tables of Content (1986, 6:51) A solitary diner takes in the sights and sounds around him on a rainy night in a restaurant full of intriguing characters.

1999, 27 min 12 s

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