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My Prairie Home 

Directed by Chelsea McMullan (NFB)

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I first watched–experienced–My Prairie Home during a free screening hosted on the NFB's website. A social network status update alerted me to the screening and although I was tired and the hour was late, I embarked on the documentary. I was not disappointed. The subject of the film is country-folk singer-songwriter Rae Spoon–a transgender person who speaks and sings with rare honesty about their troubled youth, abusive family life and queer identity. Spoon's interviews and live shows are interesting enough but director Chelsea McMullan pushes the boundaries of documentary film by interlacing conventional documentary fodder with music videos. The dreamy and quintessentially Canadian music videos fill the screen with something delightful and familiar. My Prairie Home is charming, haunting, playful and melancholy–it's a journey and a destination.

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