Film Description: Cara, a professor who teaches about prisons, is stunned when she learns that her mother Jo was jailed as a teenager for running away from home – a secret Jo had kept her entire life in deep shame. Confused that she has never heard of these youth jails called Training Schools, Cara hits the books and the streets, meeting other survivors, and immersing herself in the vast history of these Canadian institutions that terrorized generations of poor children. But as Cara tries to help her mother, she soon realizes she is also facing the unspoken intergenerational traumas that have shaped her own life.
Director Biogaraphy: Lokchi Lam is a Toronto resident and emerging doc-maker who loves to chew on paradigmatic ideas about power and society through both observational mode and deep-dive systemic and historical research.
Cara Fabre is settler of English, Irish, Scottish, and German descent currently living in the territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe, and the Wendat, which is governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant. She strives in her work and relationships to identify and transform oppressive structures by centering the wisdom and liberation of oppressed people. She has been doing prison education work for a decade. She is a writer, educator, and an animal lover. Unmanageable is her first film project.