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KANAVAL wins the Amplify Voices Award - Best BIPOC Canadian Feature

Jury’s statement:

“There has never been a Canadian film that captures both magical realism and post-colonial trauma, in such a beautiful, poetic, and convincing way. Seamless in the way the story has been weaved together, this film refuses to follow a linear storyline, understanding intimately how the past and future always exist in the present, and lifting centuries-old legacies into the cinema. Centered around the powerful and awe-inducing performance of newcomer Rayan Dieudonné, this film is an honest ode to the immigrant experience. The jury celebrates Kanaval and the singular cinematic talent of Henri Pardo.”

Its also worth mentioning that Kanaval received an honorable mention for BEST CANADIAN FILM at TIFF #tiff23 -


Set in the early 70s, Kanaval follows the story of a young boy and his mother who settle in a small rural village in Quebec after hastily leaving their troubled hometown in Haiti. The young boy counts on Kana, his invisible friend from his birth country, to understand the new world around him. 

Type:  Feature Fiction

Length: 90mins

Genre: Drama

Writer-Director: Henri Pardo

Producer: Yzanakio (Canada)

Co-Producers: Wady Films (Luxembourg)

Support: SODEC, Radio-Canada, Film Fund Luxembourg

Distribution: TBC

Cast: TBC

 With the support of Film Fund Luxembourg
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