Catalogue Number: NFB545963
Producer: National Film Board Of Canada
Producers: Lea Marin, Silva Basmajian
Directors: Lester Alfonso
Producing Agencies: National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Diversity, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Social Studies
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2008
Running Time: 43:36
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If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?
Philippine-born filmmaker Lester Alfonso attempts to answer this question by interviewing twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself.
On the cusp of teenage hormones, 12-year-olds often experience emotions with more intensity. Adapting to a new country at this age can be overwhelming.
Over the course of this unique and visually stylish documentary, Alfonso seeks out twelve people who came to Canada at age 12 and, in listening to thier stories, begins to understand himself.
Twelve was produced as part of the Reel Diversity Competition for emerging filmmakers of colour. Reel Diversity is a National Film Board of Canada initiative in partnership with CBC Newsworld.