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In Twins of Mankala, Jason DaSilva continues his series on children living in parallel worlds by moving through the lives of Kenyan children in Africa and North America. Eunice was born and raised in the village of Kilo in Kenya, while Kara and Kendall are twin eight-year-olds living in Massachusetts. As the twins narrate in English and Eunice in Kikuyu, they reveal their daily lives as they unfold-from waking up, school time and play, to their mannerisms, beliefs and customs. Awards and Accolades: Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2006); Broadcast on PBS/POV (2006)$3.99 Buy Now
Award-winning media artist Jason DaSilva combines black and white footage, a simple piano score by Frank Tachikoma and voice-over spoken word by the Philippine-born poet Eric Gamalinda to create a contemplative essay on everyday existence. Narrated by spoken word poet Suheir Hammad.
Awards and Accolades: Vancouver Underground Film Festival (1999); Best Short, Cascadia Film Festival (2000)$3.99 Buy Now
Vancouver filmmaker Jason DaSilva made his first film at the age of 20. Just two years later, his second short film played at the Sundance Film Festival and qualified for an Oscar nomination. Four years after that, Jason was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, at the age of 26. First Steps is a short personal diary on film, documenting how Jason's world has changed over the first four years of this neurological disorder. His determination to learn about this neurological disorder and continue his career as a talented filmmaker and artist is inspiring. Awards and Accolades: Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2009); Screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival (2009)$3.99 Buy Now
A Song for Daniel compares a routine day of two nine-year-old boys — one living in Baghdad and the other, born and raised in New York City — and offers a profound examination of culture and place through the eyes of two Iraqi youth living on opposite sides of the world. Awards and Accolades: Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2005); Broadcast on PBS/POV (2005)$3.99 Buy Now
Olivia's Puzzle explores a day-in-the-life of two seven-year old girls, Reshma and Olivia. Although both are of Goan heritage, they lead distinctly separate lives. Reshma was born in and raised in Goa, India. Olivia was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. The film weaves through the regular school day of these two girls, comparing differences and similarities in their lives. Reshma and Olivia tell their story in their spoken languages-one in English, the other in Konkani. They talk about their life, their hopes, dreams and aspirations and what kind of opportunities may lie ahead. Olivia's Puzzle creates a cross-cultural bridge between two young children, who in spite of living thousands of miles apart, have many things in common.
Awards and Accolades: Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2003); Screened at over 30 festivals; Received an Oscar Qualification; Broadcast on HBO, PBS/POV, CBC; Won Best Short, IAAC Film Festival (2003); Best Documentary, Chicago International Children's Film Festival (2003); Best Documentary, Reel 2 Reel Film Festival (2003)
In 2006, 25-year-old Jason DaSilva was on vacation at the beach with family when, suddenly, he fell down. He couldn’t get back up. His legs had stopped working; his disease could no longer be ignored. Just a few months earlier doctors had told him that he had multiple sclerosis, which could lead to loss of vision and muscle control, as well as a myriad of other complications. Jason tried exercise to help cope, but the problem only worsened. After his dispiriting fall on the beach, he turned to his Mom, who reminded him that, despite his disease, he was still a fortunate kid who had the opportunity to pursue the things he loved most: art and filmmaking. Jason picked up the camera, turned it on his declining body, and set out on a worldwide journey in search of healing, self-discovery, and love.
An emotional documentary filled with unexpected moments of humor and joy, WHEN I WALK is a life-affirming film driven by a young man’s determination to survive—and to make sense of a devastating disease through the art of cinema.$11.99 Buy Now
From the Mouthpiece On Back is a feature-length documentary about To Be Continued Brass Band's courageous return to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a tribute to their unique blend of jazz and hip-hop that is carrying the torch for Brass Band Music. Narrated by Kerry Washington.
Awards and Accolades: Premiered at AFI Dallas (2008); Official Selection at the New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival (2008); Full Frame Documentary film festival *******$0.99 Buy Now
December 7, 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor thrusts America into World War II. In the name of national security, all people of Japanese origin are proclaimed "enemy aliens" and interned for the duration of the war.
September 11, 2001. A new chapter in national security begins as America suffers another terrible tragedy. This time, a new alien arises: Arabs, South Asians and Muslims.
With a critical eye, Lest We Forget explores a lesson that America seems determined to learn twice. Violating civil liberties, alienating their own citizens, vilifying the visible minority, America is bent on homeland security but does this once again cross the line to unlawful treatment of innocent individuals? The film blends a chronology of voices speaking about the severity of wartime racism in the U.S. and Canada. Award-winning director Jason DaSilva carefully reaches out to the communities most affected, giving many individuals the opportunity to share their profoundly disturbing stories.$3.99 Buy Now