Short Film ‘The Backpack’ Debuts with Timely Message on Mental Health

Inspired by a real-life tragedy, Team One Productions debuted their short film ‘The Backpack’ as part of the Dream Weavers Community Film Project.

Online PR News – 15-December-2021 – Mississauga, ON – The film tackles issues of mental health seen through the eyes of a young man struggling with depression and anxiety. The film premiered at a screening hosted by Dream Weavers and can now be viewed on YouTube.

The production team, composed of Eric Doubt and Christine Hann as co-producers, Anju Malhotra and Sonia Mohsin as co-directors, chose the story specifically for the focus on mental health. They felt it was a subject matter all could relate to and were committed to making a film to inspire conversations around mental health issues. Through a day in the life of the main character, Haady, we see how a pivotal moment produces a choice with either option resulting in long-lasting consequences. The message of the film explores the idea that mental health is a community issue and not solely the experience of a lone individual.

Dream Weavers Community Film Project, delivered by the Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council, was an intensive eight-month-long program that took its 60 members with varying levels of experience through the entire process of creating short films. The program culminated with a screening of six short films at the Courtney Park Cineplex on December 4th, 2021. Program Director Sunny Gill said “After months of hard work, it was incredible to see all of the amazing short films on the big screen. Team One’s film conveyed an important message about mental health. It was a great moment for the team and our program as well”.
The first-time filmmakers are proud of their accomplishments and appreciate the opportunity to make a short film that focuses on an issue that impacts our community. All team members have ignited a passion for filmmaking and will be pursuing future projects with their new skillset. The film can be found on the Canadian Multicultural Heritage Council’s YouTube Channel The BackPack