Fédora

A woman discovers a letter her late great grand-mother Fédora received from her first love. As she uncovers their story, she learns that the hardships of the time brought their relationship to a sad end.

This personal story prompts a greater reflection on both the socio-political reality of 1930s Québec, Canada when Fédora first fell in love and on today. This leaves the viewer to wonder if we have learned anything about love and obedience over time.

This film was produced with the support of the DOC Institute Short Film Lab and SAW Video Media Art Centre.

The film had its world premiere on September 20th 2020 at the Paris Short Film Festival where it won the Audience Award.

  • Véronique Eshaya
    Director
  • Véronique Eshaya
    Writer
  • Johanne Eshaya
    Writer
  • Brendan Mc Kee
    Writer
  • Véronique Eshaya
    Producer
  • Marielle Lowe
    Key Cast
    "Marielle Lowe"
  • Manahil Bandukwala
    Illustrator
  • Shannon Ing
    Cinematography
  • Danyel Tremblay
    Cinematography
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Mixed, Essayistic, Animation, Romance
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Paris Short Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    September 20, 2020
    World Premiere
    Audience Award
  • DIGI 60
    Ottawa
    Canada
    December 11, 2020
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Mirror Mountain Film Festival
    Ottawa
    Canada
    July 24, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Véronique Eshaya

Véronique Eshaya is an emerging filmmaker who is proud of her heritage as a half French-Canadian and half Egyptian woman, because both sides of her family have inspired her to tell many stories based on the rich experiences of the past.

She studied politics in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she then stayed for an extra two years. She volunteered for many film festivals such as the Edinburgh International Film Festival where she distributed leaflets. She was also a Production Assistant for IberoDocs: Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival.

She eventually had the opportunity to work as an Archival Researcher for the film The World in One City, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2016. The next year she worked as an Assistant Editor and Animator for the film I Don’t Want to Call it Home, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017.

Her time in Scotland has helped her understand and accumulate knowledge on working with creative documentaries – a type of documentary she is passionate about.

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Director Statement

This past year, Véronique Eshaya was selected to partake in the Doc Institute's Short Film Lab program in Canada where she created her short film Fédora. She chose to make a film about her great grand-mother and a lost love whom she could not be with due to the economic and social hardships which faced Québec at the time. The filmmaker interviewed her grandma, and contextualised the film in such a way as to make it relevant to the political reality of today by drawing a parallel between the rise in nationalism both in Québec in the 1930s and in today’s socio-political situation.

It was important for Véronique to make a story of her grandma and her great-grandmother. Past generations not only depict personal struggles, but also expose the dynamics of society. The hardships of the past give the subsequent generations a humble tableau of their heritage and of their culture which help us grow as human beings.