Winnipeg’s North Point Douglas neighbourhood is hosting its first film premiere this evening with a screening of award-winning filmmaker Kirby Hammond’s new documentary, The Mail Lady. Hammond’s film observes the deepening friendship between Susan, a Winnipeg mail carrier, and the elderly Walter, a client on her route.
[related_content slugs=”two-centuries-on-point-douglas-part-one-1812-1911,two-centuries-on-point-douglas-part-two-1912-2012″ description=”More about Point Douglas” position=”right”]”The Mail Lady is an observational film, less about the narrative than it is the experience. It is a story I stumbled upon and filmed as a labour of love,” explained Hammond. “The ‘mail lady,’ Susan, was my mail carrier when I lived in North Point Douglas. It was a gift to meet her and learn of her contribution to this community and, more importantly, to Walter’s life.”
Hammond hopes his film will continue the discussion about elder care in Canada today, as well as shine a critical light on the federal government’s plans to phase out home mail delivery in Canada.
North Point Productions, in conjunction with the Point Douglas Residents Committee, will screen The Mail Lady at Filipino Hall, located at 49 Euclid Avenue., at 7 p.m tonight. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and media interviews with filmmaker Kirby Hammond and “mail lady” Susan Green. A special presentation of Hammond’s short documentary Life on Victor Street, which chronicles the struggle of an Aboriginal youth in Winnipeg’s West End, will take place after the Q&A.