Winner of the BC Emerging Filmmaker Award at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, filmmaker Jessie Anthony makes her feature film debut with Brother, I Cry.

Jon (Justin Rain), a young First Nations man, is struggling to overcome addiction and to avoid the multiple warrants out on him. But he has several strong women in his corner: his girlfriend, his sister, his mother, and his unborn daughter, they are all hoping he can master his demons and find peace. Made under Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program, the debut feature from Capilano graduate Jessie Anthony is a social realist drama edged with dark dreams and visions.

In this interview, Vancouver Presents contributor David C Jones speaks with Anthony to find out more.

Brother, I Cry screens as part of the digital offerings at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival from September 28 through October 7. Visit for tickets and information.