Four Feet Up

Four Feet Up

                                Four Feet Up
| 46 min

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In this personal documentary, award-winning photographer and filmmaker Nance Ackerman invites us into the lives of a determined family for a profound experience of child poverty in one of the richest countries in the world. 20 years after the House of Commons promised to eliminate poverty among Canadian children, 8-year-old Isaiah is trying hard to grow up healthy, smart and well adjusted despite the odds stacked against him. Isaiah knows he's been categorized as "less fortunate," and his short life has seen more than his share of social workers, food banks and police interventions. His parents struggle to overcome a legacy of stereotypes, abuse and dysfunction. More than anything, they want Isaiah and his siblings to have access to opportunities they never had. Ackerman spent 2 years with Isaiah and his family. As her portrait of the family unfolds with the help of Isaiah's creative input, curiosity and zest for life, so do Ackerman's own feelings about the responsibilities of Canadians to raise all children as our best investment in the nation's future.

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Four Feet Up, Nance Ackerman, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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  • écriture
    Nance Ackerman
  • réalisateur
    Nance Ackerman
  • producteur
    Annette Clarke
  • directeur de la photographie
    Christopher Ball
  • monteur
    Nance Ackerman
    Roslyn Power
  • preneur de son
    Aram Kouyoumdjian
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
  • photographie additionnelle
    Isaiah Justason Jackson
    Jason Buxton
    John Walker
    Katrina Swift
    Tim Wilson
  • enregistrement sonore supplémentaire
    Eva Madden
    John Rosborough
  • monteur-conseil
    Lawrence Jackman
  • superviseur de production
    Patsy Coughran
  • assistant monteur
    Trevor Schellinck
  • None
    Paul Steffler
    Jamie Alexander Alcorn
    Nance Ackerman
    Lisa Clarke
  • conception sonore
    Paul Steffler
  • ingénieur mixage musical
    Al Strickland
  • recherche de documents d'archives
    Candice Desormeaux
    Katie McKay
  • photographie de plateau
    Isaiah Justason Jackson
    Nance Ackerman
  • monteur en ligne
    Steve Cook
  • ré-enregistrement
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • coordonnateur de production
    Stephanie Coolen
    Vanessa Larsen
  • mise en marché
    Candice Desormeaux
    Susan Nosov
  • administrateur de centre
    John William Lutz
  • producteur exécutif
    Kent Martin

  • kiddies_cat

    I just finished watching this with my son for a sociology project. I was very moved. I would think Isaiah's would be about 18-19 years of age now and would love to have a follow up story to see how things turned out for him and his family. They are strong, courageous family and dedicated parents. Hope for the best for them.

    kiddies_cat, 22 Oct 2017
  • MGee

    I just watched this on TVO and was so moved I wanted to find out where Isaiah is from. I was saddened deeply. I really wish the best for this family and hope for Isaiah that one day all his dreams come true! Politicians should be ashamed. Our tax dollars are squandered when we have people in such great need in our own backyard.

    MGee, 17 Aoû 2014
  • erinward

    I just seen this documentary. It was heart warming and amazing in so many ways. What courage, this family has.

    erinward, 21 Fév 2012

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