Three Kids Find Friendship and Community in 'Scarborough' Trailer
by Alex Billington
February 2, 2022
"This film is etched on my heart." LevelFIlm in Canada has unveiled the first official trailer for a Canadian indie feature film titled Scarborough, which first premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival to some effusive reviews. Three kids in a low-income neighbourhood find friendship and community in an unlikely place. This "life-affirming drama" is based on the critically-acclaimed novel of the same name by Catherine Hernandez. It's a remarkably powerful and moving film about connection, about the "collective refusal to be fractured by individual challenges and instead be brought together through kindness and solidarity." TIFF adds: "the directors' exacting attention to detail frames the vibrant, rapidly changing neighbourhood with a universality and compassion that makes the film strikingly humanistic." It stars Liam Diaz, Essence Fox, Anna Claire Beitel, Felix Jedi Ingram Isaac, Ellie Posadas, and Cherish Violet Blood. It's one of the best Canadian films from TIFF last year and it's worth a watch. We're waiting for any US release details.
Here's the first official trailer for Shasha Nakhai & Rich Williamson's Scarborough, direct from YouTube:
TIFF: "Adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by Catherine Hernandez, Scarborough is an unflinching portrait of three low-income families struggling to endure within a system that’s set them up for failure. It shows the love and perseverance communities can foster, lifting up families to overcome the obstacles placed in their way. Taking place over the span of a school year, Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson’s debut narrative feature follows three interwoven families fighting an uphill struggle against debt, addiction, and job insecurity." Scarborough is directed by Canadian filmmakers Shasha Nakhai (producer / director of the doc Take Light previously) & Rich Williamson (producer / editor of the doc Take Light previously), both directing their first narrative feature film. The screenplay is from Catherine Hernandez. This initially premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival last year. LevelFilm will debut Scarborough in select Canadian cinemas starting on February 25th, 2022. No US date is set yet. For more info, visit the film's official site.
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