Sunday, January 28, 2:30 pm, Showplace



  • Lester Alfonso
  • 78 minutes
  • 2018
  • Canada
  • Sunday, January 28, 2:30 pm, Showplace

Sponsored by Peterborough Youth Empowerment

World Premiere, Filmmaker Q & A

When personal trauma aligns with a culturally “unlucky” birthmark, the filmmaker talks to people about their own “spots.”

Inspired by a flashback about his birthmark, Lester Alfonso is convinced that making a film will help confront a trauma rooted in cultural superstition. BIRTHMARK is a wry, sensitive, and candidly confessional exercise in creative anthropology. Soliciting fellow mark-bearers to add their testimonies to his own, the filmmaker documents his journey to find peace and forgiveness, and to quiet the voice in his head. “It’s not only about the marks we are born with, but the marks we imagine for ourselves.”