(Above) AI generated image based on ReFrame’s Mission. 





ReFrame’s Mission Miniseries took place in Summer/Fall 2023. We were thrilled to bring you several screenings that highlight the vital work of social and environmental justice organizations in our community. We’ve heard your desire for more year-round ReFraming, and were delighted to present the first round of programs curated by our new Creative Director Eryn Lidster.  The events were free (donations welcomed), in-person in Downtown Nogojiwanong/Peterborough and open to the public. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this very special series! 



Bike Shorts

Thursday, August 31st 6:30PM GreenUP Summer Ride Club
@Nicholls Oval Pavilion, 725 Armour Rd.


Children of the Nomad | Directed by Evelyne Papatie | Canada, 2018, 2 min.
From a family of nomads, the filmmaker writes a magnificent, poetic letter to her children in which the bicycle becomes a powerful symbol of heritage, transference, and coming together.

Mama Agatha Directed by Fadi Hindash | Netherlands, 2015, 16 min.
Once a week, a group of migrant women in Amsterdam learn how to ride a bicycle. Inspiring them to let go of the fear and get behind the wheels is a Ghanaian community mother named Mama Agatha. Mama Agatha is a heart-warming documentary about letting go of the past and the freedom of riding a bicycle.

| Directed by Zachary Canepari and Drea Cooper | United States, 2010, 8 min.
Scrapertown takes us to East Oakland, California, where we meet the Original Scraper Bike Team, kids who are not only trying to make their world beautiful by creating elaborate decorations for their bikes but also trying to beat the odds by keeping their grade-point average at 3.0.

There’s a Flower in My Pedal |
Directed by Andrea Dorfman | Canada, 2005, 4 min.
Blending live action and animation in a collage style, There’s a Flower in my Pedal is a poetic meditation on facing up to fear and insecurity, inspired in part by a childhood memory of the filmmaker’s mother never riding her beloved bicycle again in her lifetime after sustaining a minor injury from falling off of it.

ReFrame presents “Bike Shorts” as part of GreenUP’s Summer Ride Club Bike-In Movie and Awards Celebration.  The evening will also feature free ABC bike checks from B!KE, prizes, kettle corn, and a whimsical family feature film for all to enjoy. 

Someone Lives Here

Friday, September 8th 6PM Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes
@Artspace, 378 Aylmer St.N

Someone Lives Here | Directed by Zack Russell | Canada, 2022, 75
Someone Lives Here is a modern-day David and Goliath story set against the backdrop of North America’s housing crisis. Carpenter Khaleel Seivwright builds small, live-saving shelters for unhoused people living outside in Toronto during the winter of the pandemic. His actions attract international attention, but also staunch opposition from city officials. This screening includes a panel discussion/ Q&A featuring film subject Khaleel Seivwright.

Award-winning housing crisis documentary headlines ReFrame Film Festival’s inaugural Mission Miniseries” – kawarthaNOW.com

4 Free film screenings scheduled for ReFrame Film Festival’s Mission Miniseries

– The Examiner

Supporting Our Selves

September 19th 6PM Peterborough-Nogojiwanong Pride
@Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N

Supporting Our Selves | Directed by Lulu Wei | Canada, 2023, 75 min.
In the 1980s a little-known organization called the Community One Foundation came to be. What started as discreet ‘SOS’ fundraisers held in private homes blossomed into a foundation that supports a multitude of organizations.

Winner of the Best Canadian Feature Award at the 2023 Inside Out Festival, Supporting Our Selves (SOS) looks at how the community has grown over the years, revisits key events and introduces several activists who are making sure the growth doesn’t stop.

Supporting Our Selves challenges us to ask, “How can we better support our communities?” – a lesson for those in this city and beyond.

 This screening includes a Q&A with producer Jenn Mason. 


September 28th 7PM OPIRG Dis-Orientation + New Canadians Centre 
@Jalynn Bennett Amphitheatre, Traill College, 315 Dublin St.


Hummingbirds | Directed by Silvia Del Carmen Castaños and Estefanía “Beba” Contreras | United States, 2023, 78 min.
In Texas, on the Mexican border, best friends Silvia and Beba dance through long summer nights. Stuck in the immigration process in a politically divided America, home seems fragile. But their bond is not. The half-light is a space for poetry and dreams.

Prior to the film, the New Canadians Centre invites you to join us for the inspiring panel discussion “Navigating Borders Through Art and Activism.”

Embark on a thought-provoking journey into the world of immigration, identity, and community building with our distinguished panelists at the special event.

In this engaging discussion, we’ll explore the nuanced differences between immigration in Canada and the United States, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs faced by newcomers. From the role of art in coping with adversity to the significance of community building, our panelists will share their insights and experiences, providing a deeper understanding of the immigrant narrative.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives from our esteemed panelists and connect with a community passionate about fostering cross-cultural understanding.

Peterborough’s ReFrame gearing up for 20th anniversary film festival with both online and in-person events” – kawarthaNOW.com


Presented by the Peterborough DBIA

Presented in partnership with GreenUP, OPIRG, New Canadians Centre, Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes, and Peterborough-Nogojiwanong Pride

Supported by Artspace, The City of Peterborough, Canada Council for the Arts, Community Services Recovery Fund, Game Theory Films, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Kat Tannock of EXP Realty, kawarthaNOW.com, LaRue Entertainment, Long & McQuade Peterborough, National Film Board of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Peterborough Foundation, Peterborough Public Library and Traill College









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