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YOU ARE HERE: A COME FROM AWAY STORY
You Are Here: A come From Away Story goes deep into the community of Gander, Newfoundland where 38 airliners carrying over 6,500 passengers were forced to land after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. The film pulls back the emotional layers offering first-hand accounts of the great kindnesses and energetic resourcefulness that the community of 10,000 showed their unexpected guests.
The story of Franco Grosso and Mariano Elia, two immigrants who left southern Italy for a new life in Canada. The two men never met, but they had filmmaker Noelle Elia in common. She is Mariano’s grand-daughter, and Franco’s friend. In this film, she creates a heart-warming portrait of Canada’s changing face.
On Friday, February 13, 2015, Steve Fonyo, a onetime national hero was stabbed in a home invasion. After 17 days in a coma and months in hospital, Fonyo returned to the streets of Surrey, B.C. brain damaged. With lingering drug and financial problems, and jail time, HOPE follows Steve as he tries to change his life.
A portrait of Steve Fonyo, who in 1985, at 19 years of age, completed his run across Canada, after having lost his left leg to cancer. At first denounced as a Terry Fox copycat but by the time he reached the Pacific Ocean, he had raised $13 million for cancer research and was named to the Order of Canada. The next 30 years were straight downhill: petty theft, larceny, and drug addiction until the Order of Canada was rescinded in 2010. Steve Fonyo today is a mass of contradictions. Spend a year in the world of this one-time hero and see how the run has nothing to do with his life and everything to do with it.
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