About the Doc

 

Shootings. Rape. Mysterious blood splatters. Is the tooth fairy real? These are some of the conversation topics for eight- and nine-year-olds in the Jane-Finch area of Toronto. While their single mothers struggle to make rent, the kids often fend for themselves. Pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo, once such a kid himself, decides to start a music program at a school in this inner city neighbourhood. He and three other musicians work with the students one-on-one to help them find their voice. For some, it's the first time anyone has had the time to really listen to them. But as the kids open up, the mentors realize that connecting to their students is more complicated than they thought. Assertive but shy, Whitney freezes under pressure; tough-guy-in-training Donta bristles under the structured expectations; and irresistible Jasmine blossoms under the warm glow of her mentor in this inspiring doc about what it means to be truly heard.

 

Juan Baquero talks about his doc "Listen to This"

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Meet the Filmmaker

 

Before coming to Canada in 2005, director Juan Baquero spent 10 years in Colombia directing and producing documentary programs for various Colombian broadcasters. Since arriving in Toronto he has worked with Sailor Jones Media, Delta Time Productions and PTV Productions. In 2000, he received a Quebecor fellowship from the Documentary Organization of Canada. He is currently developing a film about Colombian mothers who leave their families to find work in other countries.

Producer Howard Fraiberg is the founder of Proximity Films, dedicated to producing relevant and provocative film and television projects with a focus on socio-political/educational documentaries. His first production was "Class Queers", a 2003 documentary about teenagers and homophobia. Other documentary productions include "Debt Trap" (2008), an examination of the consumer debt crisis, and "Listen to This" (2009). In addition, Fraiberg was the Executive Producer of "Festival of Sacrifice" (2008).