The documentary “My Two Voices” by Lina Rodriguez offers an intimate portrait of three Latina women who have immigrated to Canada.
It may throw you initially because you hear their voices but it is not until the conclusion of the documentary you see their faces. Strangely this works in such a way that you focus on what the women are saying and are not distracted by their faces or prompted to make any value judgements based on their faces. The result is to create a fuller sense of intimacy. In addition, your attention is distracted by the camera focusing on various items such as jewelry or plants. And when you see their faces they look you in the eye without any dialogue so that you feel they are in the room with you. Brave and innovative filmmaking.
The documentary is about the Canadian immigrant experience and thoughts raised about that which many viewers will not be familiar with particularly if they have had little interaction with newly arrived immigrants to Canada. For example ordering food can be a daunting experience. I will let you discover their inner thoughts when you watch the film.
As one women says we have two voices one of which is your language and the other is the new language. But it is more than language it is about having dual personalities.
Bravo Ms. Rodriguez. You have done a fine job!
You can see the trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZNSAaTq05I
Showing at Toronto Hot Docs Festival April 29/May 3 and available on April 30 for 5 days of streaming.
RKS Film Rating 87/100.