The Thing with Feathers

‘The Thing of Feathers’ is a documentary about a group of ambitious and resilient refugee women here in London, Ontario. Most of these women left their homes and families behind in Syria and Iraq and fled the war zone to come and have a second shot at a better life in Canada and a local business that is helping them achieve their dreams. Their stories are empowering.

At the end of the day, this is a story about hope. Hope, the one thing that gives them the power to keep going.
“Because “Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul - And sings the tune without the words - And never stops - at all -...”
- Emily Dickinson

  • Sruthi Ramanarayanan
    Director
  • Vishnu Nair
    Director of Photography
  • Rishabh Tripathi
    Producer
  • Danielle Butters
    Sound Recordist
  • Kailee McArthur
    Grip/Gaffer
  • Anthony Aguilera
    Sound Design and Music
  • Sruthi Ramanarayanan
    Editor
  • Romy Goulem
    Executive Producers
  • Adamm Liley
    Executive Producers
  • Charlie Egleston
    Executive Producers
  • Michelle Shipley
    Executive Producers
  • Matt Brickman
    Executive Producers
  • Kay Habib
    Key Cast
    "Owner- Skilled Accents"
  • Hadeel Sinjab
    Key Cast
    "Employee, Skilled Accents"
  • Naam Haji
    Key Cast
    "Employee, Skilled Accents"
  • Bayan Khuder
    Key Cast
    "Employee, Skilled Accents"
  • Fanshawe College, London, Ontario
    In Associsation With
  • Advanced Filmmaking Program
    In Associsation With
  • Hadeel Sinjab
    Translators
  • Bayan Khuder
    Translators
  • Reem Al Rabya
    Translators
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Human Interest, Journey
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    Arabic, English, Kurdish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Sruthi Ramanarayanan

Sruthi Ramanarayanan is an aspiring filmmaker, currently living in London, Ontario, Canada. She was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She has spent majority of her life moving around and through this exposure, she discovered passion in performing arts and photography. She has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from India and was looking to get into television journalism however, she found her true calling in films. She made her directorial debut with the short documentary about refugee women in Canada - The Thing with Feathers. ‘Unwritten’ is her first short narrative film, a passion project, that is coming out soon.

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Director Statement

I want to capture the truth about things people don't know much about and tell human stories in a creative way using the audio-visual medium. This is the goal I had in mind for this documentary.