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Robin McKenna
2020 | 6 min 38

Selections and Awards

  • Honourable Mention of the Canadian Film Institute - Best Canadian AnimationOttawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada (2020)

  • Official Selection Bucheon International Animation Festival, South Korea (2020)

  • Official Selection St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionEdmonton International Film Festival, Canada (2020)

  • Official SelectionSeminci, Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (2020)

  • Official Selection - National Short and Medium-Length CompetitionMontreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Montréal, Canada, (2020)

  • Official SelectionCINANIMA - International Animation Film Festival, Espinho, Portugal (2020)

  • Official SelectionLIAF - London International Animation Festival, London, UK (2020)

  • International Competition Tricky Women/Tricky Realities, Vienna, Austria (2021)

  • Official SelectionAspen Shortsfest, Colorado, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Nominee - Short Subject - Non-FictionYorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada (2021)


Long Synopsis


Director's Statement from Robin Mckenna

Elise Simard on the Technical Process for Thanadoula


Promotional Materials


Robin McKenna
Writer, Director, Producer (Gaudete Films)

Photo : Darius Bashar

Elise Simard
Art Direction


Jelena Popović
Producer (NFB)

Photo : Carrier Haber

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer



Gaudete Films and
The National Film Board of Canada

for Annie Eskenazy
Aug 9, 1961 – July 14, 2007

written and directed by
Robin McKenna

with the participation of
Natalie Eskenazy
Dr. Gabor Maté

art direction and compositing
Elise Simard

rotoscopy and animation
Sharron Mirsky

visual development, animatic and digital backgrounds
Daniel Gies

sound design
Olivier Calvert

original music
Rebecca Foon
© 2019 Gaudete Films & National Film Board of Canada (SOCAN)

Daniel Gies

Rebecca Foon

Snow Day for Lhasa
performed by Esmerine & Patrick Watson
written and composed by Bruce Cawdron, Rebecca Foon, Patrick Watson, Andrew Barr, Sarah Pagé, Robbie Kuster, Mikhail Stein
licensed courtesy of Constellation Records
published by Secret City Publishing Inc. and Third Side Music Inc.

music recording and mix (Sky Barn)
Pietro Amato

re-recording (NFB)
Isabelle Lussier

Sharron Mirsky
Elise Simard

additional editing
Terra Long
Nicolas Renaud

Mark Morgenstern
Mark O’Fearghaíl

technical director
Eloi Champagne

online editing
Serge Verreault

titles and credits
Mélanie Bouchard

technical coordination
Randall Finnerty
Luc Binette
Maud Chayer

studio administrator
Rosalina Di Sario

senior production coordinator
Dominique Forget

studio coordinators
Faisal Moula
Barry Ahmad

marketing manager
Melissa Wheeler

marketing coordinator
Michelle Rozon

Jennifer Mair

archival photos and footage
courtesy of the Eskenazy family

Vancouver Downtown Eastside footage
from “The Jungle Prescription”
courtesy of Gaudete Films

produced with a grant awarded by
bravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent)
A Division of Bell Media Inc.

completed with the support of
RiverStyx Foundation


Women Make Movies Production Assistance Program

Robin McKenna (Gaudete Films)
Jelena Popović (NFB)

executive producer
Michael Fukushima (NFB)


produced by Gaudete Films and the National Film Board of Canada

© 2020


  • About Gaudete Films

    Gaudete Films is a Toronto-based production company specializing in artful, creative documentary films. Its most recent release is GIFT, a feature-length documentary directed by Robin McKenna, inspired by Lewis Hyde’s classic bestseller The Gift – which opened in theatres across the US and Canada in 2019. Currently in post-production is Medicine, a feature-length documentary about ayahuasca, medicine and healing, with Dr. Gabor Maté.

  • About the NFB

    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.

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