Four Feet Up

Four Feet Up

                                Four Feet Up
| 46 min

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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  • 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
  • *
    Paul Steffler
  • conception sonore
    Paul Steffler
  • recherche de documents d'archives
    Candice Desormeaux
    Katie McKay
  • ré-enregistrement
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • 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