Second Chances

  • Director

    Farzin Farzaneh

  • Country, Year, Length

    Canada, 2023, 1:20:20

  • Category

    Animation, Documentary, Feature

  • Format

    Digital HD

  • Festival Year


Film Screening & Ticket Information

When & Where to See this Film!

OVER GROWTH: 2 films about growing past the hurting places.

April 20, 2024 @ 4:30PM • Kaufman Astoria Studios – Zukor Theatre

Film Bloc Line Up:

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Amalia Sandberg and Izydor Mesner were born in Poland in the 1920s. They managed to survive war and genocide thanks to sheer luck and coincidence, and also to the remarkable selflessness of people who risked everything to help them.

This is a documentary about Mila and Izydor’s reflections on the human condition and the effects of politics and discrimination on the personal lives, hopes and dreams of so many people. It is also a story about love, solidarity and the preciousness of life.


Farzin Farzaneh, Director, Drat, Phone Whore
Farzin Farzaneh, Writer, Drat, Phone Whore
Farzin Farzaneh, Producer, Drat, Phone Whore
Amalia Sandberg – Mesner, Key Cast
Izydor Mesner, Key Cast
Shahin Farzaneh, Executive Producer
Farzin Farzaneh, Animation

Director Statement

Second Chances combines hand drawn animation with live action footage to create a singular visual experience. The style of the animation is evocative of the fleeting and ever shifting nature of memories, weaving in and out of the frame like a restless ghost.

The film is directed by Farzin Farzaneh in collaboration with Shahin Farzaneh who is the executive producer, researcher and co-editor. The music is by Sandra Chechik, an accomplished and prolific Montreal based composer.

Second Chances is also available with French subtitles, credits and title (Les tournants du hasard).

Director Biography

Throughout his career, Farzin Farzaneh has explored many different genres of filmmaking, including animation, narrative fiction, documentary, music videos and experimental film. His films and artwork have been shown worldwide and garnered several prestigious awards. His approach is both intuitive and philosophical, preferring subject matters that challenge social attitudes and established ideas. He lives in Quebec where he founded Lackadaisy Films, an independent production company devoted to auteur cinema.