The Thompson Stories
2007, 19:50 minutes, colour, English
Thompson is far away and very cold. When my family and I arrived there it was only a 7-year-old mining town-literally carved out of the northern bush. The Thompson Stories presents a personal narrative of my experience of emigrating from Azores, Portugal to Thompson Manitoba in 1963. The story of the dislocated immigrant is a universal one. My family’s experience and mine was further impacted by the remoteness of the land and absence of community and language. Thus, the story is a collection of impressions and memories of a six-year-old child.
The Thompson Stories are in essence, a docu-memory infused with visual fogginess and emotional confusion. The film is structured as a series of memory vignettes. Each one focuses on a particular episode that contributed to a feeling of alienation in my new home. The emphasis is on remembered perceptions that come to symbolize, in a child’s mind, a larger rationale for understanding her new world. The film features myself, my family and Thompson, through impressionistic tableaus and footage of the landscape. The landscape is more than a background for the story – it is interwoven into the foggy recollections of my memory. The video cycles through events/memories that are emblematic of significant impressions.
By documenting fragments of memories, The Thompson Stories validates places and memories that have been frozen in time.
Rental and Sales
Single Screening Rental
Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)
5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy
Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote
Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote
Curators and programmers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.
Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.