The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lineup at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival includes premieres of three new feature films by acclaimed Toronto directors, showcasing the NFB’s role in unique and innovative Canadian cinema. One of those films is Sudz Sutherland’s Home Again in its world premiere.
Description: Home Again tells the story of three young people deported from Canada, the U.S. and England, to Jamaica, after being raised abroad since infancy. Once landed in Kingston and without a compass of any kind, each of the characters embarks on a journey that pushes their endurance beyond measure and forces them to discover who they truly are. The three deportees find they have to fight for survival in a Jamaica where family support, friends and shelter is elusive, but where ultimately hope and the human spirit emerges.
A story based in fact, the script was inspired by international government practice of deporting incarcerated landed immigrants to rid itself of unwanted population. The issue is a particularly difficult problem in Jamaica where the deportee population outnumbers the prison population by three times, where there are little to no resources to help deportees establish new lives, and where the deportees are largely blamed for the serious violence. Jamaica has the third highest per capita murder rate in the world that rocks the country.
The Canadian-produced feature, Sudz’s second, was shot on location in Trinidad, Jamaica and Canada, earlier this year.
Home Again also stars Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent, Stephan James, Richard Chevolleau, C.C.H. Pounder, and Fefe Dobson.