Compassion Project

FILM

This Film is About Compassion

This Film is about Compassion is a documentary that witnesses the lives of people in health and human services at four CHCM Communities of Service in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We join their journey as they share the joys, struggles and fulfillment of living compassionately. In the film, people who are often defined and confined solely to roles as staff or patients; residents or families take on whole new dimensions before our eyes.

We are drawn into real relationships as we watch people caring for youth with developmental disabilities and adults with complex health needs; as we see loved ones in the final stages of death and people grieving a loss. The film asks some challenging questions. What is compassion? When is it not present? Is compassion a weakness? What happens if people don’t feel they have enough compassion?

Through the grace and wisdom of all those who agreed to participate in the film, viewers are invited to individually and collectively begin their own journey to understanding the intricacy and simplicity of compassion.

Designed to begin a conversation, the 126-minute film is part of a comprehensive resource tool kit that guides groups or organizations on a journey to nurture and strengthen compassion. The accompanying screening guide encourages courageous and transformative conversations that re-inspire our deeper sense of purpose.

“Compassion is a very big word… it’s just more than feelings for someone; to be merciful, to have pity. …
I would say compassion is an action word.”
—AMY, WIFE OF JOHN, A PALLIATIVE CARE PATIENT, ST. BONIFACE HOSPITAL

“For me, compassion means listening. It means helping somebody find some joy in his or her life. It means respecting somebody exactly for who they are.”
—JOYCE, TEACHER FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, ST.AMANT CENTRE

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