Cinema Scope

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n the three (non-student) shorts she has completed to date, Halifax-based director Heather Young centres on people whose social, environmental, and bodily conditions are doubled in the lives of the animals that surround them. In (2014), the paralysis of an aging woman (played by Young’s own mother) is mirrored in that of her chihuahua, also losing its mobility as it nears the end of its life; in (2016), a single mother’s crumbling reality is encapsulated in the image of a dead fish whose environment has become toxic; and in (2017), a farmhand tends to newborn calves while facing an (unexpected) pregnancy of her own. By structuring

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