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Portals takes an intimate look at everyday gestures of Guyanese immigrants living in Scarborough, bowling a smooth ball in cricket, rolling a perfect roti, and playing with a traditional toy, actions that offer reminders of home.
The film uses the genre of science fiction to create a series of portals that rip through time and space. By bending ideas of time/space, audiences are brought to a place of solace: in the past of a country left behind, the present experience of 'home' in a never-quite-familiar new country, and expectations of future potential - safety and prosperity; All hang together in a precarious balance.
Scarborough is home to one of the largest populations of the Guyanese diaspora in Canada. This film acknowledges the varied experiences in this community and the persistent tensions of living in a place that is both hostile to their 'foreignness' and still the place one calls home.