01 Oct Ayana O’Shun
Born in Montreal, Ayana O’Shun graduated in Cinema at Montreal University. She has worked few years at Telefilm Canada in the television department as an investment analyst. She developed and produced many projects such as Les Mains noires – Procès de l’esclave incendiaire which was financed by CBC, RDI, SODEC and NFB. Directed by Ayana, this film relates Marie-Josèphe Angelique’s trial, a black slave accused of setting Montreal on fire in 1734. This documentary was selected in more than 40 festivals across Canada and worldwide. It has won several prizes such as the Dikola Prize for «Best Documentary Film», at the Cannes International Pan-African Festival and «Best Foreign Film» at the Yaoundé Black Screen Festival.
Then Ayana directed the short fiction film Lazyboy. This comedy portrays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown over her therapist’s Lazyboy of her therapist. Its was premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma of Montreal and then was purchased by broadcasters TV5 and Tele-Québec.
Ayana directed a few short films such as the Médecins sans résidence documentary, produced by NFB, which depicts how systemic barriers stop foreigners physicians to practice in Canada – even when they have obtained certification from Canadian medical authorities.
This film was the most watched documentary on the NFB’s website during several weeks. A few years back, Ayana was among the laureates of The Round Table of Montreal’s Black History as a reward for her progress in the artistic community. Additionally, at the 2019 Banff World Media Festival, Ayana was one of the selected creators from Canada for the “Netflix Diversity of Voices” program. She has recently received financial support from Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Fund for the production of her feature documentary Le Mythe de la Femme noire which will be released in 2021. She is also working on many other projects financed by institutions. At last, Ayana O’Shun is a seasoned actress who played in more than 40 productions in cinema, television, play and commercials. Whether behind or in front of the camera, Ayana wishes to create strong stories that promotes connection between people, breaking down gender or race barriers by identifying to her characters. Freedom, truth, respect and brotherhood are among the fundamental values that underlie all of her works.
- Les Mains noires, docu-fiction, prod. Bel Ange Moon, 2010.
- Médecins sans résidence, docu-fiction short film, prod. ONF, 2010.
- Lazyboy, short fiction film, prod. RFAVQ, 2012.
- Le mythe de la femme noire, documentary, prod. Bel Ange Moon, 2021.
Main Film is an artist center in independent cinematographic creation committed to support its community as whole, without any distinction.
Our strength is in our members. They are our essence.
Following the recent events, it seemed essential to offer a place so our members can express their feelings towards the discrimination they experience regarding their skin color, their origins, their sexual orientation, their gender, and share their reflections through this societal drama that takes place in all forms of rejection of one another.
Every month, Main Film will give place to its members that face discrimination so they can share with you their reflexions and thoughts.
Our seventh artist to contribute is Ayana O’Shun.
Because it’s the artists who carry both the role of representing society and making it evolve.