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I Don't Know Who You Are

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Sexually assaulted one night, gay Toronto musician Benjamin has just 72 hours to take HIV-preventative meds… But first he’ll need to rustle up hundreds of dollars to pay for them. At the same time he’s trying to process the trauma, hide his shame, and not fall to pieces. I Don’t Know Who You Are is a film that feels at once urgent and frantic but is balanced with a rare sense of interiority and quiet power.

A brilliant character study, the film is remarkably intimate and filled with beautifully subtle moments in which we simply exist with Benjamin (co-writer and artist Mark Clennon, in a remarkable and sensitive performance) as he ekes out a living as an artist in the city. Inspired by his own personal experience, first time feature director M. H. Murray has created a striking and compelling film about the reverberations of sexual violence, and one that feels authentic and true.

 

May 5: Q&A with Jeffrey Rock (board of directors, CANFAR); moderated by Tina House (journalist, APTN National News); opening remarks by Chief Reuben George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

The film team behind I Don’t Know Who You Are is proud to partner with the Canadian AIDS Society to increase awareness of treatment and care available. Together, we’d love for you to join us for an impactful Q&A where we’ll discuss important topics of the film, how to get tested, your health, and living with HIV/AIDS. We hope this film and our discussion creates a greater understanding of antiretroviral therapy and U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable).

Created in 1986, the Canadian AIDS Society represents community-based HIV/AIDS organizations across the country. Guided by the voice of people living with HIV/AIDS, we aim to strengthen the response in Canada and enhance the lives of people and communities living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS.

 

A strong calling card for filmmaker and star, an empathetic character study that effectively balances its punchy genre elements with its human drama.

Angelo Murreda, Cinema Scope

It’s Clennon’s first ever film role, but you wouldn’t think it. The interiority, the subtlety of his performance is what really sells it.

Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Director

M. H. Murray

Cast

Mark Clennon, Anthony Diaz, Nat Patricia Manuel, Deragh Campbell, Victoria Long, Kevin A Courtney

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2023

Language

English

19+
103 min
Black Elephant Productions

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Credits

Executive Producer

Martine Brouillet

Producer

M. H. Murray, Victoria Long, Mark Clennon

Screenwriter

M. H. Murray

Cinematography

Dmitry Lopatin

Editor

M. H. Murray

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