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Am I the skinniest person you've ever seen?

Eisha Marjara
2024 | 24 min 6 s
Short Documentary
English

Awards and Festivals

  • Official Selection Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (2024)

  • Official SelectionDOXA (2024)

Log Line

Short Synopsis


Long Synopsis


Director's Statement

Poster

Excerpts

Eisha introduces her family.


Eisha and Seema go on a diet.


The garden of Eisha's childhood fades.



Images


Young Eisha and little sister Seema get busy playing with dolls

Eisha's older sister Amita, the Goddess

A dream of being different

Carefree childhood

Teenage Eisha

The Marjaras on holiday


Playtime with dad: Seema with her father Harinder

The dream of skinny jeans

Team


Eisha Marjara
Director


Photo




Joe Balass
Producer/Executive Producer


Photo
Photo : Jules de Niverville




Ariel Nasr
Producer (NFB)


Photo
Photo : Kiana Hayeri




Rohan Fernando
Executive Producer


Photo
Photo : Meghan Tansey Whitton




Annette Clarke
Executive Producer


Photo
Photo : Dave Howells




John Christou
Executive Producer, Director of Production & Operations, Programming | Creation


Photo
Photo : NFB



Credits

Writer and Director

EISHA MARJARA

 

Producer

JOE BALASS

 

Producer

ARIEL NASR

 

Executive Producers

JOE BALASS

ROHAN FERNANDO

ANNETTE CLARKE

JOHN CHRISTOU

 

Editor

KARA BLAKE

 

Director of Photography

ARIANE LORRAIN

 

Production Designer

PAOLA RIDOLFI

 

Original Music

GAËTAN GRAVEL

 

Sound Design

SACHA RATCLIFFE

 

Featuring                                                        

REBECCA ABLACK

POOJA DHANAK

BIRVA PANDYA

LEYANI KURERA

 

and

SEEMA MARJARA

DEVINDER MARJARA

AMITA MARJARA

HARINDER MARJARA

 

Production Managers

SEBASTIEN RIST

MONA MAARABANI

 

1st Assistant Directors                                      

AYESHA SHEIKH

TAMARA SEGURA

 

Assistant to Ariane Lorrain

SOHA EBRAHIMZANDI

 

1st Assistant Camera

JOSEPH TAUBER

 

2nd Assistant Camera

MIGUEL TEMPLON

 

Additional Assistant Camera

ERIN WEISGERBER

 

Lead Electric

CASPAR WOLSKI

 

Gaffer

RAZAN ALSALAH

 

Grips

CHADY AWAD

LOUIS CLOUTIER

 

Additional Grip

VIRGILE RATELLE

 

Narration

EISHA MARJARA

 

Story Consultant

JOE BALASS

 

Illustrations

EISHA MARJARA

 

Graphic Design and Animation

KARA BLAKE

 

Assistant Art Directors

MATHILDE DONNARD

PHIL GAUVIN

 

Costumes

MARIE-FLORENCE GAGNON

 

Make-up

CATHERINE LAVOIE

 

Hair

RON WOLFE

 

Production and Art Department Assistant

ASIA MASON

 

COVID-19 Coordinator

ANTHONY DUBÉ

 

Production Assistants

PEDDY MULTIDOR

ANTHONY DUBÉ

SAFIA DIANI-MERCIER

ELYA MYERS

 

Still Photography

SOHA EBRAHIMZANDI

 

Research

EISHA MARJARA

JOE BALASS

 

Archival Research & Clearances

NANCY MARCOTTE

PAMELA GRIMAUD

 

ARCHIVES

EISHA MARJARA, Personal Family Archives

NFB ARCHIVES, including excerpts from:

Perception: Structure or Flow (1971), Your Move (1973),

Le Contrôle du poids – no 11 (1978), Canada Vignettes: Love on Wheels (1979),

La peau et les os (1988), Metamorphosis (2018).

ARCHIVES RADIO-CANADA

CLICK AMERICANA 

FOOTAGE FARM LTD.

GUDRUN PARKER ESTATE

iSTOCK by GETTY IMAGES

POND5

PRELINGER LIBRARY & ARCHIVES

 

RETRO ADARCHIVES / ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

 

CALVIN KLEIN JEANS AD

Featuring: Patti Hansen, Photo: Richard Avedon (1979)

 

BROOKE SHIELDS JEANSWEAR COLLECTION AD

Seventeen (August 1985)

 

DOROTHY STRATTON (1980)

Photo: William and Susan Lachasse

 

JORDACHE JEANS COMMERCIAL (1983)

Jordache Enterprises

 

OSTERIZER BLENDER COOKBOOK (1970)

John Oster Division, Filtro Electric Limited

 

SCRATCH N’ SNIFF STICKERS (1980)

Trend Enterprises

 

DUNCAN HINES CAKE MIX (1978)

Conagra Brands

 

:20 MINUTE WORKOUT WITH BESS MOTTA (1984)

Creator: Ron Harris. Citytv. Tantra Entertainment in association with Nelvana

 

WEIGHT REDUCTION THROUGH DIET (1951)

National Dairy Council

 

SILKIENCE HAIR & BODY CARE COMMERCIAL (1980)

Gillette, Procter & Gamble, Evergreen Consumer Brands

 

Music Clearances

PETER MARTINELLI-BUNZL

LUDIVINE LAVENANT

 

Music Coordinator

JOE BALASS

 

Accounting

ANUJ KHOSLA

 

Insurance

BFL CANADA

 

Legal Services

STEPHANE MORAILLE

 

Bank

NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA

  

FOR THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA 

 

Production Supervisor

ROZ POWER

 

Technical Coordinators

DANIEL LORD

CHRIS MACINTOSH

JULIEN ARCHAMBAULT

 

Online Editor

SERGE VERREAULT

 

End Credit Design

MÉLANIE BOUCHARD

 

Re-Recording

JEAN PAUL VIALARD

 

Narration Recording

GEOFFREY MITCHELL

 

Digital Editing Technicians

PATRICK TRAHAN

PIERRE DUPONT

MARIE-JOSÉE GOURDE

ALBERT KURIAN

 

Sound Technician

BERNARD BELLEY 

 

Senior Production Coordinator

CHERYL MURGATROYD

 

Production Coordinator

YANIS AIT MOHAMED

 

Studio Administrator

LESLIE ANNE POYNTZ

 

Marketing Manager

JAMIE HAMMOND

 

Marketing Coordinator

HARMONIE HEMMING

 

Publicist

OSAS EWEKA-SMITH

 

Legal Counsel

CHRISTIAN PITCHEN

 

Special Thanks

Harinder Marjara, Amita Marjara, Alison Burns, Munro Ferguson, Kathy Sperberg, Aonan Yang, Barbara Shrier, Karan Singh, Stephane Tousignant, Krishna Anaberi, Dorita Shemie, Janique Beauchamp, Rosina Bucci, Nancy Fattal, Emmanuel Hessler, Emily Klama, Stéphanie L’Écuyer, Michèle Leclerc, Marise May, Nathalie Michel, Lea Nakonechny, Viral & Hetal Pandya, Julia Parker, Martha Parker, Julie Patry, Rick Prelinger, David Ritchie, Khanna Ronnie, Michelle van Beusekom, Ville de Saint-Lambert, the staff of the Point-Saint-Charles YMCA.

 

© 2024, Compass Productions Inc. / 9466-7565 Québec Inc. and the National Film Board of Canada



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