RISE - Scarborough Town Centre


Bárbara Wagner – Recife, Brazil
Benjamin de Burca – Recife, Brazil

In the underground spaces of the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC) new subway extension, a group of poets, rappers, singers, and musicians negotiate their status as both first- and second-generation Torontonians as well as settlers living on borrowed Indigenous land. Featuring participants from R.I.S.E. (Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere) EDUTAINMENT—an event that takes place weekly in Toronto’s suburban community centres—RISE adopts the concept of Edutainment as a tool for the film’s structure and script.

Operatic in nature, this experimental documentary looks at rhythm and poetry as forms of creative labour that constitute contemporary collectivities of diasporic belonging and mixed-cultural dialogue: the call-and response, the recitative, and the cypher. The tunnels they dig are visionary.

RISE was shot in Toronto, Canada, in June 2018. The film was commissioned by the Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) with the support of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and the Film/Video Studio at the Wexner Center for the Arts. Executive Producer: Emelie Chhangur.

Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca, the AGYU’s 2017–18 Artists in Residence, use documentary forms to observe relations of tradition and progress.


RISE (20 min.) will screen every 45 minutes from 7:00 pm-1:30 am, with a midnight screening of Within by R.I.S.E. (60 min.)

7:00 PM: Introduction to RISE by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

7:15 PM: Screening of RISE

8:00 PM: Screening of RISE

8:45PM: Screening of RISE

9:30PM: Screening of RISE

10:15 PM: Screening of RISE

11:00 PM: Screening of RISE

12:00 AM: Introduction to Within by R.I.S.E.

12:15 AM: Screening of Within

1:30 AM: Screening of RISE


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