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Christene Browne: Philomena (Unloved)


Wed Feb 20, 2019
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
90 mins



Toronto filmmaker, Christene Browne, reads from her second novel, Philomena (Unloved). A poignant story about Philomena Jones, who was born in the Caribbean but abandoned by her mother and left at the mercy of her grandmother who, after raising many children and grandchildren, is not capable of dedicating herself to another child. Love-starved, Philomena is easy prey. Abused by her pastor, Philomena begins a descent into mental instability. She leaves the islands for America, but ends up homeless and battling mental illness. Released from a psyche ward, Philomena is sent to a supportive housing facility for women. In this most unexpected of places, she finally realizes her dream of family.

Christene Browne is a well-respected and internationally acclaimed Toronto independent filmmaker and was the first Black woman to direct a feature film in Canada. In 2011 she was awarded the Visionary award by the Women's International Film & Television Showcase for her ground-breaking documentary series, Speaking in Tongues: The History of Language which features Noam Chomsky. She is currently completing a feature documentary on Toronto's Regent Park - the oldest and largest Canadian housing complex and developing an animated film on the early life of famed Canadian author Austin Clarke. This is Christene's second novel.

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