Director & Producer
In the pursuit of love and happiness, Mani Nasry known as Ethan in the film meets obstacles that threaten to halt his quest. Dating within different cultures and being open to all religions, Ethan must deal with constant roadblocks. From First Nations to South American, Ethan’s journey to find love in Toronto is nothing but complex. Making his way through a kaleidoscope world searching for a brighter side of love and humanity, he faces discrimination and depression but always remains hopeful. Based on his life story of growing up in Toronto and witnessing the hardship of finding a sustainable job, Ethan meets an eclectic mix of individuals who help him comprehend life.
The purpose of this film is to showcase people from different cultures in leading roles, a Canadian film about diversity and the complexity of finding love and acceptance
The Desert Edge Global Film Festival recently granted Nasry the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Award for We.
We is a narrative that conveys that even from a third-world country, your culture is embedded in you no matter where you go and showcases that love has boundaries, even within the multicultural city of Toronto.
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CANADIAN FEATURE FILM we – POSTER
In the pursuit for love and happiness, ETHAN, a man with great ambitions and a big heart, must face many obstacles, some that threaten to halt his quest. Set on filling an emptiness left by the death of his parents years ago, Ethan can’t seem to find that one connection we all desire. Yet he continues moving forward despite the many drawbacks he faces. But love is not Ethan’s only goal. Having grown up in Toronto and witnessing the melting pot of cultures remain somewhat divided, Ethan wants to unify his city. He just doesn’t know how. Seeking to understand those around him and build bonds with them is a task more daunting than it seems. Ethan’s kind soul draws people to him but something prevents that connection from lasting a lifetime.
His heart has been broken before, his self-esteem shot completely. But Ethan hasn’t learned his lesson. Instead, he continues to force himself into relationships that aren’t any good for him. Every girl he falls for is from a different culture, each one offering him a taste of another life. First Nations, Black, Jewish, Korean, Iranian, South American…the list goes on. Things start off well with each of these women, but soon enough, they break his heart…or he breaks theirs. And every time that happens, depression returns like a dark cloud over his existence. All the while, Ethan must find and maintain a steady job to avoid falling back into poverty, find his way in life, and preserve his sanity in the process.
In an interweaving of snippets taken from Ethan’s noble voyage, there are stories of accomplishment, defeat, discrimination, sorrow, hopefulness, and glee. As Ethan makes his way through a kaleidoscope world searching for the better side of humanity and love at the same time, he’ll meet an eclectic mix of people who help him comprehend life and its complexity. Each person that enters his life will illustrate different aspects of an ever-changing world and an ever-growing Toronto.
Afghanistan has experienced one of the world’s largest refugee crises for more than two decades. Between the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the present day, one in four Afghans has been a refugee. At the peak of the crisis in the late 1980s, there were more than six million Afghan refugees. Ethan and his family were fortunate to be among the refugees who had the opportunity to escape to Canada.
This is the story of Ethan who was one of these refugees who had the opportunity to come to Canada.
Samantha – Jewish
Before 1949, seeking asylum for Jews escaping aggression and volatility was nearly impossible. After the war, Canada loosened its immigration policy, accepting over 40,000 Holocaust survivors, including Samantha’s family.
Catori – Native
The removal of indigenous people by the government included assimilation, compulsory schooling, forced relocation, and destruction of equipment and animals by First Nations hunters. Because of this, Catori’s family was forced to leave their native land and move to Toronto.
Gabriela – Venezuela
Escaping food shortages, hyperinflation, a collapsing economy, disease, and violence in Venezuela, Gabriela’s family moved to Canada to forge a better life.
Sahar – Iranian
After 2,500 years of continuous Persian monarchy rule, the successful 1979 Iranian Revolution helped provide freedom for some Iranians, but further fear and persecution for others. In the wake of that revolution, Sahar’s family escaped to Canada.
Kay – Chinese/German
In search of a more natural and social environment that bolsters independence over conformity, Kay and her family left China for Canada.
Cory Lee is a dangerous multi-threat singer, actress, songwriter, dancer and model. Initially her music caught fire in the clubs across Canada; radio soon followed with her first single “The Naughty Song” which was nominated for a Juno Award and scored nominations for a 2006 Indie Music Award for Pop Artist of The Year and 2 Canadian Radio Music Awards.
Cory has landed acting roles on the international feature film series Saw 5, TV series Being Erica, The Listener, Rookie Blue, Conner Undercover and the Indie biopic The Jazzman, as well as cameo roles in the American features The Love Child and The Con Artist.
Shiva Negar comes from a very diverse background, born in Iran and raised in Turkey and Canada. She began her career as a child performer by performing on piano and guitar at recitals and in singing competitions. In high school, Shiva was involved in several school plays and theatre, which quickly became her art of choice and decided to take her passion for acting to the next level. Shiva then went to film school in Los Angeles and in between following her passion and her auditions, Shiva also managed to graduate from York University with a degree in Psychology and finished her Post-graduate program in Events management & Public Relations.
Shiva plays the lead role in Lionsgate and CBS Films’ Action Thriller AMERICAN ASSASSIN released Sep 15th worldwide. AMERICAN ASSASSIN is based on the bestselling series of novels by Vince Flynn and is directed by Michael Cuesta and produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler. Shiva stars opposite Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch, and Michael Keaton. Shiva will also be seen as the lead of Telefilm’s upcoming feature BECOMING BURLESQUE for director Jackie English.
Humberly Gonzalez is a Venezuelan born, Toronto-based actor. After graduating The National Theatre School of Canada, she debuted her on-camera skills in director Don McKellar’s short It’s Not You, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her TV credits include Orphan Black, Shadowhunters,Saving Hope, Guilt Free Zone and the upcoming CTV one-hour drama The Detail. Gonzale’s additional credits include the feature Kodachrome as well as a collaboration with Ubisoft as a motion capture performer in the upcoming video game Starlink, directed by Zeke Norton.
Since graduating from the theater program at Collège Lionel-Groulx in 2011, Shauna Bonaduce has kept busy. Some of her stage credits include The Dybbuk at the Segal Theatre and Kulturfest in New York in 2015, directed by B. Wasserman and Rachelle Glait, a show done entirely in Yiddish. Anne la maison aux pignons verts at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier in 2016, directed by Frédéric Bélanger, L’incendie de la Triangle Factory in 2013, directed by Valérie Le Maire. On TV, we saw her in Lance et Compte, 30 Vies and Comment devenir une légende for two seasons on VRAK TV. On the big screen, she was part of the cast of Innocent, directed by Marc-André Lavoie, Embrasse-moi comme tu m’aimes, directed by André Forcier, Les Tuches 2 directed by Olivier Baroux, Pieds nus dans l’aube, directed by Francis Leclerc and La passion d’Augustine, directed by Léa Pool.
Sera-Lys McArthur is a mixed-race actress from Saskatchewan, Canada. She began acting at the age of 12 when she was cast in the CBC miniseries Revenge of the Land, directed by John N. Smith (Dangerous Minds, The Boys of St.Vincent). She has since lived, trained and worked in such locations as Vancouver, Toronto, New York, LA, and the U.K. She studied Musical Theatre at the AMDA in New York, and then stayed in the Big Apple to gain experience as a fashion model. She was awarded the Premier’s One World Scholarship via Capilano University in BC and moved to London to attend the MA in Acting programme at East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex, where she graduated at the top of her class. She has also studied under veteran actress Barbara Bain in Los Angeles.
Perhaps her most recognizable work to date is on CBC’s Arctic Air, which is now in it’s third season. Her recurring guest-star role ‘Hailey’ is the onscreen niece of the famous Native actor, Adam Beach (Flags of Our Fathers, Law and Order: SVU) and onscreen daughter of the Gemini- and Leo-award-winning actress, Michelle Thrush (Blackstone, Dead Man).
Gabe Grey is a Toronto-based actor best known for his roles as Dr. Ned Patel on Bomb Girls and as Dr. Naveed Mirali on Lucky 7. Gabe stars in Deepa Mehta’s film, Beeba Boys, and can be seen on Lost Girl and heard on the videogame Far Cry 4. His additional film and television credits include Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, The Border, Nikita, Covert Affairs and the feature film Toilet.
Juan Carlos Velis
Juan Carlos holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from The University of Windsor. He has worked in theatres across Canada and the United States including The Grand theatre in London, Tarragon Theatre, Festival of Classics, The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Cahoot’s Theatre Projects, The du Maurier World Stage, The Factory Theatre, The Red Barn Theatre, Tempest Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Coral Springs Theater Center, The Kravis Center, Theatre Passe Muraille, The St. Lawrence Centre, Playwright’s Theatre Centre in Vancouver, Green Thumb theatre, Alameda Theatre Company and Toronto’s classical Soulpepper Theatre Company. His first play “Further Beyond” was accepted into the 2000 SummerWorks Theatre Festival and played at the Factory Theatre Main Stage. The production later toured to the Grand Theatre in London, where it played to sold-out houses, receiving critical acclaim. He was a key member of the 2001 Playwright’s Unit at Cahoot’s Theatre Projects, where he completed writing his play “The 8 o’clock Train” under the direction of Guillermo Verdecchia. He also co-wrote the one man show “Borderlines” with his father Alfonso Velis Tobar, which had a successful run in Vancouver, British Columbia. He regularly works in commercials, print and voice. Juan Carlos is a founding member and serves as Artistic Director & Executive Producer of “Acropolis Theatre Company”, which produced the annual: “Shakespeare on the Thames Theatre Festival” in London. He recently directed his first short “Hereafter”.
Ludwig just landed a role in the Big Top on ARCHIE 2 – Michael J. Fox’s new kid’s movie sequel about the most talented robotic talking dog Archie!! Catch him in Private Eyes alongside Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills 90210) – see it on Global. Conviction ended its run but you can still see Brandon with Hayley Atwell (Avengers, Captain America, Agent Carter) on ABC. You can also see him on the Family Channel TV series Lost & Found with creator Frank van Keeken. This show is a spin off of Keeken’s smash TV hit The Next Step. Ludwig worked with James Franco in his Hulu series from Stephen King‘s bestselling novel 11/22/63 produced by J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV. Previously he was acting on Man Seeking Woman with Jay Baruchel on the FXX Network. Also keep an eye out on the Hallmark Network for A Wish Come True where you can catch him on screen with Megan Park
Known as the Canadian Marlon Brando, A. C. Peterson is one of Canada’s leading character actors.
Some of his selected screen credits include: Defendor, Paradox, Shooter, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Agent Cody Banks, Narc, Who is Cletis Tout?, Shanghai Noon, Smallville, Stargate: Atlantis & Due South.
Anita La Selva
Anita La Selva is a Canadian stage, film and television actress and director, best known for playing regular character Zo’or on the television series “Earth: Final Conflict”. She holds an MFA in Directing from York University, a BA in English and Drama from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and a Diploma in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, England, UK.
Krista Morin, born in Ottawa, Ontario, is one of Canada’s fastest rising stars. She already has a pretty extensive resumé, which includes a long list of Television, Film and Theatre performances.
Clare is a recipient of the Houselighters of the Citadel Theatre Award and was named an outstanding director by NOW Magazine for Salome’s Clothes. This season, she will join Neema Bickersteth, Darwin Lyons and Zoe Sweet as artists in residence at Factory Theatre to develop their play Dead Roads.
Clare is an Associate Artist with Volcano Theatre and Artist in Residence at the new multi arts incubator, KABIN.
Born and raised in Toronto, Tamara Almeida is of Chilean and Ecuadorian descent. She took an interest in the arts from an early age, after seeing The Phantom of the Opera for the first time at age 5. She participated in various school productions, with her first being the role of Annie at age 10.
Tamara is a talented actress in films, television series, commercials, and on stage, with recent film/TV credits including Heroes Reborn, Odd Squad, Good Witch, and He Never Died.
Marcia was born and grew up in Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio River. She has a BA in Drama from University of Evansville and a Masters in Theatre from University of Missouri in Columbia. The daughter of Margaret and Harold Bennett, Marcia has been acting since the age of 9. She gained her Equity card at The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA., and then went on to work in New York City with actress/director, theatre founder (Four Winds Theatre), Jenny Egan.
Mani Nasry played the role of George in a movie of the week with Portia de Rossi, Dean Cain, Hal Linden and Dine Merill. This role got him into the union over 16 years ago. He then went on over 500 ACTRA/SAG film sets in order to learn different acting and film techniques. He lived in Hollywood and New York for a couple of years and trained with leading acting schools. The same schools that taught Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman. Mani Nasry followed the foot steps of James Dean.
Actor, producer and director, Mani Nasry’s dedication, creativity and hard work has granted him with his first Feature Film We, set to screen for Toronto audiences just in time for the international day of love. We will screen 5 days straight starting on Friday, January 25 to Thursday, January 31st at the Carlton “imagine” Cinema. We won Best Feature Film in Mumbai India and has been an inspiration to those who pursue the same journey. We is a narrative that conveys that even from a third-world country, your culture is embedded in you no matter where you go and showcases that love has boundaries, even within the multicultural city of Toronto. We will Premiere on Friday, January 25, 2019, at 9 p.m. EST. For tickets and more information visit, http://www.14FILM.ca
“My aim in life is like everyone else and that’s to find love and happiness,” said Mani Nasry, Actor, producer, and director of We. My first Feature Film is not about me but we, you and I, the ones facing adversity finding love and sustainability.
In the pursuit of love and happiness, Nasry known as Ethan in the film meets obstacles that threaten to halt his quest. Dating within different cultures and being open to all religions, Ethan must deal with constant roadblocks. From First Nations to South American, Ethan’s journey to find love in Toronto is nothing but complex. Making his way through a kaleidoscope world searching for a brighter side of love and humanity, he faces discrimination and depression but always remains hopeful. Based on his life story of growing up in Toronto and witnessing the hardship of finding a sustainable job, Ethan meets an eclectic mix of individuals who help him comprehend life.
Mani Nasry has been interested in film since an early age. Afghan-born but raised and groomed in Canada his mindset and lifestyle have always been different, which gave him a strive to do better and work harder. He worked with many teachers to polish his skills, it was in high school where he found a deeper interest for film that led him to New York. The journey to where Nasry is today was not easy, with that, he has channeled it in everything he does to this day.
The purpose of this film is to showcase people from different cultures in leading roles, merely a Canadian film about diversity and the complexity of finding love and acceptance. With his platform, Nasry was able to hire 32 Union actors who worked without pay, all actors of different cultures.
Besides his current acting, producing and directing career, Nasry played various challenging roles in various short films at colleges and universities such as Sheridan, Humber, York University and earned a bachelor’s degree of Fine at Ryerson University. Nasry made a life-changing decision to travel to New York on his own at 19 years old to follow his dreams, in 2002 he gained his ACTRA. Upon polishing his skills, Nasry landed his first major role, a $5 million film called The Glow with well-known actors Dean Cain and Portia De Ross. The Desert Edge Global Film Festival recently granted Nasry the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Award for We.
THE ‘we’ POST TEAM
PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
For Mani, the decision to work in the film industry guided his academic decisions from an early age.
He attended a Toronto high school renowned for excellence in the arts, and was accepted into one of the highly competitive film program at Ryerson university. It is notable that he went to Ryerson with an already well-established career in theater, film, television and commercial work, and a range of multi-faceted achievements including acting, producing, directing, casting, writing and editing.
On his own he added stints in New York and Los Angeles with leading acting teachers, as well as learning the grace and style of many forms of dance and athletics. With courses perceptively, he has also recognized the importance of acquiring an understanding of the business side of the industry, and the varied aspects of technology and production.
Janal Bechthold was 9 years old when she discovered her love of composition. She has composed music for everything from string quintet, piano solo, alternative rock music, choir, marching band, to toilets and garbage cans! Janal studied composition while completing an Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Robert Jackson – DGC
Born in Montreal, Robert Jackson has spent the last twenty-six years working as an editor, shaping the artistic visions of many award winning filmmakers and producers. Working in both dramatic and documentary forms, Robert’s editorial approach has enhanced productions from their creative inception through to the final stages of production. Robert is a graduate of both The Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson, has collaborated with director’s Scott Smith, Harvey Crossland, Jim Allodi and Annie Bradley and was nominated for a Gemini Award for the film Something to Cry About.
Supervising Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer
Known for THE NUT JOB, NINE LIVES, SPARK: A SPACE TAIL. In 2012 he was nominated for a Genie Awards for excellence in overall sound for the film “The Big Bang Club”.
Known for THE SHAPGE OF WATER, RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION/THE FINAL CHAPTER/AFTER LIFE, POMPEII, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR
Known for THE NUN, BOOK CLUB, POWER RANGERS
Known for Workin’ Moms, Schitt’s Creek
Glen Castinho, Head of DI and Senior Colourist at Poland’s Alvernia Studio. Glen Castinho is a seasoned Digital Colorist / DI Consultant. He worked on ARBITRAGE with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth. Known for BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, KILL BULJO, and VAMPS with Alicia Silverstone & Sigourney Weaver.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
L. Apu Rozario
Throughout his career a DOP, Lawrence has helped establish more than 100 Commercials in both 35mm and HD Format, 6 feature films and 6 short films in 35mm and 16mm, 4 feature documentaries for both national and international television networks, including BBC-Dhaka and BBC World Trust. Lawrence specializes in all areas of cinematography, including aerial photography, and for his excellene in the field of cinematography, Lawrence has been awarded with the national film award, as the best cinematographer in Bangladesh in 2013.
Bai Zhou is a Toronto-based director, producer, and cinematographer originally from Beijing with diverse experiences and cross-cultural percipience, both artistically and commercially, as embodied by his film works. He is bilingual and works extensively overseas, winning acclaims in many international film festivals.
In 2014, he directed and produced short film True Voodoo that was selected and premiered at Festival de Cannes. In 2015, Bai participated in the feature film Warrior’s Gate, a China-France co-production project produced by director Luc Besson; In 2016, he worked on Walt Disney’s first in China production, The Dreaming Man, as assistant director. He had also worked on productions starring well-known actors including Donnie Yen, Julian Richings, Sandi Ross, and etc. Alongside these aforementioned collaborations, Bai established his own production company named Phenomenon Pictures in 2012 that sought to broaden his career development in the North American film industry.
As a filmmaker, Bai Zhou is particularly inspired by Ang Lee. He is infatuated by the concoction of Eastern subtleness and Western narrative frameworks in Lee’s films. His own work portrays an indirect emotional delicacy in concrete film language, expanding the possibility of narratives while exploring open relational spaces with limited footage time. In the future, Bai continues to challenge himself with incoming opportunities and express his film vision.
Title Designer, Animator, Illustrator
Jay has designed Main Titles for many of the most memorable films of
the recent past. His designs have complimented and enhanced those films.
Film makers like Quentin Tarantino “Inglorious Basterds”, “Kill Bill”, and “Pulp
Fiction”, choose Jay for all of their film title designs.
Main and or End Title Design List
The Amazing Spider-Man . Conan . Drive . Joyful Noise . So Under Cover . Stolen . Paperboy . Trespass . Expendables 2 . Hit and Run . A Perfect Murder . Anywhere But Here . Awakenings . Bingo . Billy Madison . Body of Evidence . Boyz’n The Hood . Car 54 Where Are You . Dances With Wolves . Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag . Fat Albert . Flintstones . Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas . Go . Garfield . Fright Night . Fat Albert . Gladiator . Hard Target . Head of State . Heart of Darkness . Heathers . House of Sand and Fog . How to Eat Fried Worms . I’ll be There . Inglourious Basterds . I’m Gonna Git ya Sucka . In the Line of Fire . Jerry Maquire . Johnny be Good . Johnsons Family Vacation . Juwanna Mann . Kill Bill . Kill Bill 2 . Lake Placid . Lost City . The Last Kiss . Lost Highway . Lovers Prayer . Mark Peace Exerience . Meet Joe Black . Moll Flanders . Mulholland Dr. . Mirrors . Mists of Avalon . Navy Seals . Next to You . Old Gringo . On Deadly Ground . Open Range . Pyromaniac’s Love Story . The Package . Renaissance Man . The End of Violence . The Peace Maker . The River Wild . Thick as Thieves . Titanic . Two if by Sea . Rookie of the Year . Selena . Sex Drive . Spy Kids . Stand and Deliver . Steel Justice Surf II . Show Girls . The Crow . The End of Violence . The Last Kiss . The Peacemaker . You Got Served
AWARD WINNER – BEST SCREENPLAY – we (2019) – Writer ‘Alejandro Leopardi’
Indian World Film Festival
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