Don’t Come Searching with Q+A
Canada, 2021. Directed by Andrew Moir. 73 min. PG
Presented in English and Jamaican Patois
World Premiere at Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival 2022, Don’t Come Searching tells the remarkable and tender story of family and loss.
Every spring for the last 13 years, Delroy has left his partner Sophia and their kids behind in the small hamlet of Top Hill, Jamaica, to do seasonal work on a farm in Canada. Sophia plays the lottery daily in hopes of changing their economic future, but above all, she dreams of escape. This year, after cutting his contract short, Delroy returns to his family with an engagement ring for Sophia—and an unexpected diagnosis of terminal cancer. Through a composed, empathetic lens, Andrew Moir chronicles the last days of Sophia and Delroy’s relationship as she cares for her new spouse. The film quietly observes Sophia rise to the many challenges presented by her unknown future, in a rural society where women traditionally have little independence.
“It’s so easy for us to judge someone based on our own reality, but what if we dared to meet them where they stand?” – Producer Michelle Serieux for CBC
“A stunning look at love and death…Don’t Come Searching is a simple, yet heart-wrenching love story.” – Jackson Weaver & Teghan Beaudette, CBC