27. March 2015 · Comments Off on 68 anneés de l’hiver – Alexander Cruz · Categories: Documentaries, Ottawa, Short Films
Filmmaker Alexander Cruz ("68 anneés de l'hiver")

Filmmaker Alexander Cruz
photo by Timothy I. Smith

We were fortunate to catch local filmmaker Alexander Cruz‘s film 68 anneés de l’hiver at SAW Video’s Resolution 2015 screening at the Mayfair theatre in february.  An excerpt from the film is available on YouTube.

Pierre Paul Thomas grew up blind in Montreal. The only world he knew was shadowy and grey. Nevertheless, he managed to live a ‘normal’ life as a cook, teaching himself through the sense of touch alone. After an accidental fall down the stairs in 2012, treatment for a head injury led to a life-changing surgery to repair his eyes. Now, Peter Paul ‘feels like a kid again.’ As the protagonist in a religious parable, he was blind and now he can see.

Alexander Cruz is a filmmaker and media producer who explores the need to create new meanings out of broken identities, narratives, myths and values. His work reflects the belief that beneath these surface layers lie the complexities, contradictions and mysteries of what makes us human — SAW Video

“Poignant and tender, the film grapples with notions of what is beautiful to each of us. Cruz uses black and white and unfocused shots to demonstrate the visual challenges faced by Thomas throughout his life. One audience member felt a personal connection to the film due to having recently been diagnosed with cataracts.” — Daniel Katz, Saw Video Resolution 2015 A “Reel” Hit, Ottawa Tonite

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