‘Some days are harder than others.’ Such is life for Shelley and Alice, two middle-aged women who struggle with living on the poverty line and must deal with a daily array of physical and mental health issues. But Shelley and Alice have discovered the power and joys of art. As residents of Parkdale, a culturally and socioeconomically diverse neighbourhood in Toronto’s West End, and active members of a community arts program called Making Room, based out of a local multifunctional drop-in and social housing organization, these two women have discovered and reflect upon the transformative power of creative expression
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Director: Farah Merani
Farah Merani is a graduate of the Drama Centre London and has performed in Canada, the US, throughout Europe and in Russia. In addition to being an actor, she has been involved in producing over 14 films with her company, Lifeguard Productions. She is one of the co-founders of Women on Screen, a non-profit that encourages a more dynamic and inclusive representation in the entertainment industry, and also serves as the Actra Toronto Diversity Committee co-chair. Her work has screened on the international festival circuit, including TIFF, the Austin Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Reel World Film Festival, Garden State International Film Festival, and the Cleveland International Film Festival. As an actor, her credits include: Nikita, Lost Girl, Covert Affairs, and The Listener. “Room for Her” is Farah’s directorial debut.