THE COLOURS OF MY FATHER
A PORTRAIT OF SAM BORENSTEIN

A Release by Imageries Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada

WINNER OF NINE INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
A GENIE AWARD AND OSCAR NOMINATION

A young girl watches her father paint. To her he is like a
magician, making fabulous shapes and colours appear,
transforming an ordinary Laurentian village into a scene
ablaze with colour. With great singleness of purpose, Sam
Borenstein painted for over 40 years. Despite his obvious
talent it was only near the end of his life that his work
began to be known.

Twenty years after the artist’s death, animation filmmaker
Joyce Borenstein decided to use her own considerable
talents to bring her father’s work to a wide audience. Using
various animation techniques, she skillfully and harmoniously
integrates archival material, filmed sequences, the paintings
themselves, and reminiscences of friends and family, to bring
Sam Borenstein’s work to life.

Available in English and French, video and dvd.

Written, directed and animated by Joyce Borenstein

Producers: Richard Elson (Imageries Inc.) and Sally Bochner (NFB)

Produced by Imageries in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada / Studio B, in association with TVOntario, with the participation of Telefilm Canada,
La Société générale des industries culturelles - Québec and Ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec.