Whispers of Life
Catalogue Number: TLP000
Producer: Turbid Lake Pictures
Subject: Canadian Social Issues, Character Education, Diversity, Family Studies/Home Economics, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Social Issues
Grade Level: 6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2013
Running Time: 11
Closed Captions: Yes
Whispers of Life is inspired by the onslaught of publicized gay, teen suicides. This short film works as an artistic intervention to challenge the societal taboo of suicide, the pervasive and damaging effects of anti-gay bullying and the fact that these issues are not discussed openly.
In this magical story about the interdependence of imagination and survival, Tom, a gay teenager, is threatened by a bully’s homophobic words. As Tom sits with angst on his park bench, a stranger named Charles suddenly appears next to him. Charles strikes up a conversation with Tom that forever alters the course of his future and life.
“This film has tremendous value as a tool of education, awareness, and prevention related to suicide among LGBTQ youth. Whispers of Life should be a resource in schools of all levels (i.e., elementary, high school, middle school or junior high, and post-secondary), community settings, and in health-related programs aimed to promote education about sexual and gender diversity.”- Treena Orchard, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University
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