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Into Light

When a child reveals who they truly are on the inside, how does a parent set aside their own expectations to help them become their most authentic self?

Set against the Northern landscape of Yellowknife, Sheona McDonald’s new documentary, Into Light, captures a season of change as a mother and child navigate the complexities of gender identity together. As elemental changes parallel this extraordinary journey, the return of brighter days uncovers a confident and social little girl with an encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs, a deep love of animals, and a parent who fully embraces this magical person.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, under the guidance of Teri Snelgrove and Shirley Vercruysse.

Selections and Awards

  • Official SelectionHot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom (2021)

  • Official Selection Edmonton International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionCinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, Ontario, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionCalgary International Film Festival, Alberta, Canada (2021)

  • Jury Award for Best Short Film Seattle Queer Film Festival, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Jury Award in the Fragments category DocsMX – Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de la Ciudad de México (2021)

  • Official Selection Available Light Film Festival, Whitehorse, Yukon (2022)

  • Official SelectionFlickerfest International Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia (2022)

  • Official SelectionBig Sky Documentary Film Festival, Montana, U.S.A. (2022)

  • Nominee, Documentary Social/Political categoryYorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2022)

  • Nominee, Director – Non-Fiction Yorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2022)

  • Best of Festival AwardZonta Film Festival, Waterloo, Canada (2022)

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