Art and Status in Society

Mimi Shulman is a deaf artist based in Toronto. During her later years, she has gone on to achieve two university degrees. Her focus is on classism of the arts in society. One realization that Mimi has come to is that much of her work has been created in boxes as that is how - as a person with hearing loss - she has felt for much of her life. Creation of her latest work, however, has helped her to address trauma, and to come out of those boxes.

  • Susan G. Enberg
    In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School
  • Susan G. Enberg
    In Jesus' Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne's Residential School
  • Mimi Shulman
  • Mimi Shulman
    Key Cast
    "Mimi Shulman"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
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  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 26, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    450 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    FS700 digital
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Director Biography - Susan G. Enberg

Susan G. Enberg is an award-winning independent film director, producer, editor and photographer who launched her own production company, Susan G. Enberg Productions, in 2015. Susan has also written two children’s books for the non-governmental organization, Free The Children. In addition to being a documentarian, Susan is a long-time photojournalist whose writings and photography are focused on human rights and social justice issues. She has been awarded numerous scholarships for high academic achievement and for her social justice activities.

Currently Susan is directing, producing, and editing three other documentary films: Bring Our Children Home (with Indigenous youth from the Treaty 3 region that have been in and out of residential care); 8 ½ Seconds (about the life and death of Michael MacIsaac, a man shot and killed by police while in an epileptic state); and, Fight Like a Woman with female Muaythai warrior, Miranda Burrell. Her first film as a director/producer, In Jesus’ Name: Shattering the Silence of St. Anne’s Residential School, is a poignant exposé by survivors as they courageously tap into traumatic memories with great clarity, memories of the horrific abuses they suffered at the hands of the Catholic clergy while interned at St. Anne’s. The film has gone on to win a number of festival awards, and some footage is now installed at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

Susan has also directed and co-produced a private pedagogical documentary that focuses on reconciliation at a Toronto primary school through the incorporation of indigenous arts and cultural sharing by indigenous artist, Chief Lady Bird. The title of this short film is The Art of Reconciliation.

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Director Statement

Mimi Shulman is an exceptional 71-year old artist living in Toronto. This work touches on many aspects of social inequities and injustices. Although this project started off as a 5-minute promotional piece, I quickly discovered that Mimi's work is incredibly interesting and felt that it may appeal to many different audiences: those suffering from physical challenges; artists; elders; sociologists and other academics; and women. She truly is an inspiration for others. NOTE: Mimi was very clear with her request to not have any sound-scaping/underscoring of the film as she states that this can be distracting to persons who have hearing deficits and could take away from their experiences.