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Glimpses of Heaven

A documentary about transforming childhood trauma into sparks of creativity.

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Glimpses of Heaven

Overview

Genre
Biography, Arts, Contemporary Issues, Human Interest, and Portrait
Synopsis

As a small child, Peter Gary lay helpless while his mother took the brunt of Nazi machine gun fire meant for both of them. Left to die in a desolate forest with only a handful of other survivors, Gary narrowly escaped his own extermination on a frigid Christmas Eve in 1941. During the Japanese invasion of China, Wayne Ngan fled to Canada with his mother at the age of 13. Unable to speak the language of his new land, and exposed to snow for the first time, Ngan was handed off to alcoholic grandparents who mirrored the environment's icy welcome. George Littlechild, a native Cree, was separated from his family as a baby simply because the Canadian government determined that indigenous people were incapable of providing for themselves. As a result, Littlechild's youth is marked by painful memories of brutal physical and mental abuse, perpetrated by the very white foster families that were assigned to care for him. Out of the destructive funeral pyre of their youths, each of these survivors

Stage
finished
Running time
67 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Helliwell Pictures
Country
Canada
Years of Production
2004-2006
Locations
Hornby Island, BC; Vancouver Island, BC

Distribution Details

Release year
2006
Festivals
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival
Awards
Honorable Mention, Rhode Island International Film Festival; Best Director, Las Vegas International Film Festival
Language
English

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