A couple welcomes their first born son into the world. Tensions slowly arise over a disagreement which lead them into questioning their identity.

(screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 2 at 6:30pm – details & tickets)

Ray Savaya is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. He arrived in Canada as an infant when his parents escaped the Gulf War in 1991 as refugees. As a film editor, Ray’s work has been accepted into countless festivals including Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and LA Shorts Fest. He has won a short film competition for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a writing competition for The Simpsons. Ray’s directorial debut, Newborn, is his most personal project to date.

What inspired your film?

The film is inspired by real life conversations I had about my own name, exploring the question of why I, and many people, prefer to go by a more anglicized name rather than the name they were given.

What was the biggest challenge in making your film?

Writing a fictional film based from a real life personal struggle and keeping the story authentic.

What was the best part of the experience for you?

Watching the end result on a big screen with the cast and crew.

What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Trust your instincts & take risks. Always stay true to yourself.

What’s next for you?

I am very grateful I received funding to write & direct a new project. I will be working on that, and I hope to continue telling stories that others can relate to.

Our Call for Submissions for OCan21 opens on FilmFreeway early in 2021.


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