Shira Avni

Lives in
Montreal , QC
Quebec CA

Filmmaker, animator. The queer-friendly Shira Avni has been a frequent collaborator and director with the NFB since 1997. Her films address questions of difference and social justice by engaging viewers in situations that break down their habits. Her current work explores the intersection of disability, identity and independence. She documents this process through documentary and community-based animation films. She has worked very closely with the Down's syndrome community and in 2005, Avni paid homage to two young men with Down's syndrome who shared an unconditional and intimate loving relationship. The film, John and Michael (2005, 11), is narrated by a friend of the couple who recounts the history of their love with sweetness and clarity. The film received many prizes and was screened at a dozen of festivals worldwide.