CANADIAN LABOUR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A MORE RADIANT SPHERE
A FILM BY SARA WYLIE
In this delightful documentary/personal discovery film, A More Radiant Sphere follows the long-lost story of Communist poet, activist and Canadian political prisoner Joe Wallace, bringing him to life through archival material, both real and imagined. This hybrid film weaves together the story of Wallace, the Canadian Communist Party, and the filmmaker’s own surprising discovery of her relation to Wallace, despite a distant relationship with her father (Joe’s great-nephew). Segmented throughout are stunning folk songs based on Wallace’s writings, performed by award-winning folk musician Simone Schmidt, aka Fiver. The film delves into the limits of history and its records, and how their re-imagining creates new political and personal truths.