Narrative Feature

A narrative or story is any report of connected events, real or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, and/or still or moving images.

Narrative can be organized in a number of thematic and/or formal categories: non-fiction (such as definitively including creative non-fiction, biography, journalism, transcript poetry, and historiography); fictionalization of historical events (such as anecdote, myth, legend, and historical fiction); and fiction proper (such as literature in prose and sometimes poetry, such as short stories, novels, and narrative poems and songs, and imaginary narratives as portrayed in other textual forms, games, or live or recorded performances). Narrative is found in all forms of human creativity, art, and entertainment, including speech, literature, theatre, music and song, comics, journalism, film, television and video, radio, gameplay, unstructured recreation, and performance in general, as well as some painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, and other visual arts (though several modern art movements refuse the narrative in favor of the abstract and conceptual), as long as a sequence of events is presented. The word derives from the Latin verb narrare, “to tell”, which is derived from the adjective gnarus, “knowing” or “skilled”.

Oral storytelling is perhaps[according to whom?] the earliest method for sharing narratives. During most people’s childhoods, narratives are used to guide them on proper behavior, cultural history, formation of a communal identity, and values, as especially studied in anthropology today among traditional indigenous peoples. Narratives may also be nested within other narratives, such as narratives told by an unreliable narrator (a character) typically found in noir fiction genre. An important part of narration is the narrative mode, the set of methods used to communicate the narrative through a process narration.

Along with exposition, argumentation, and description, narration, broadly defined, is one of four rhetorical modes of discourse. More narrowly defined, it is the fiction-writing mode in which the narrator communicates directly to the reader.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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I Am Not A Hero

Henry Colin | Canada | 01:31:47 | 2022 English Kyle is a budding writer who works as a frontline worker during the early days of the pandemic. At first he is able to weather the storm with his partner Jess, but as the pandemic grinds on, and Kyle’s mental health begins to decline, his relationship… Read more »

Pursuit of Freedom

George A Johnson | United States | 01:34:39 | 2022 Dutch, English, Russian Inspired by the true story of a Ukrainian woman who was abducted by Russian gangsters and sold into trafficking when her husband couldn’t pay his gambling debts. Cast Jessica Koloian Stelio Savante Robia Scott Sharonne Lanier Brayden Eaton Tenley Kellogg Elias Kemuel… Read more »

Bermuda

LAURA PUCCIA VALTORTA | United States | 01:10:00 | 2022 English Mildred, a very bad poet, steals her son’s VA disability benefits so she and her daughters can travel to Bermuda. Cast Pat Yeary Kit Phillips Peri Susanne Jackson Merritt Vann Cristofher Griffin Ursula O. Robinson Rob Sprankle Dante Bruno Valtorta Michael Williamson Writer Laura… Read more »

THE RIVER YOU STEP IN

Jon Michaelson | Canada | 01:40:43 | 2022 English When a young First Nations client dies after being committed to police custody, social worker Stevie struggles to keep the troubled people she encounters away from the system she no longer trusts. Opening her East End Toronto home as a safe haven for people ‘at risk’… Read more »

There May Be Ghosts

Diana Peters | United States | 01:26:50 | 2022 English In an effort to give filmmaking one last try, failed director Kipp Swanson accepts a job to document the alleged horrors of a local haunted home. He assembles a team of inept “ghost hunters”, including his reluctant ex-girlfriend. 87 minutes, Mockumentary. Cast Brett Martinez Andrew… Read more »

Tell Me If It Hurts

Jay Nuzum | United States | 01:28:00 | 2021 English TELL ME IF IT HURTS is a docudrama following the harrowing journey of a young woman, LUNA, 13, who experiences an unexpected pregnancy from her mom’s abusive boyfriend. Cast Nancy Garcia Darlin Lopez Lyda Duran Adeboye Famurewa Writer Jay Nuzum Producer Jay Nuzum

MAGAMUNI (Great Sage)

Santhakumar | India | 02:48:52 | 2021 Mahadevan a call taxi driver lives with his dependent wife Viji and 5 years old son Prabha in Kanchipuram district. Maha lives a secret double life as a hitman for a local politician muthuraj to support his family. As maha’s enemies tries to kill him, he and his… Read more »

WRITING ABOUT A LOVE

Mario Roccato | Italy | 01:22:22 | 2021 Italian Francesca is a young actress who is facing a serious existential crisis, a situation exacerbated by the recent death of one of her dearest friends. The cause of this crisis can be found in the relationship with Alessandro, her husband. He has changed a lot over… Read more »

Talking to the Starry Sky

Yurugu Matsumoto | Japan | 01:55:20 | 2021 Japanese The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011. Though this unprecedented disaster caused more than 18,000 people to be declared dead or missing, it is not well known that the mortality rate of people with disabilities was twice that of people without them. The… Read more »

Connecting Flights

Gilbert Allan | Canada | 01:35:00 | 2021 English Taken from a true story and based on Ron Blicq’s award winning stage play, “Closure”, this Jessy Ardern adaptation tells a tale of family’s journey from England to Canada in an attempt to connect with an unsuspecting family member, who is unaware he fathered a child… Read more »