The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With FriendsGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Solo o Con Amigos

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE With Your Students or ChildrenGuía y Sugerencias para Ver OLIVE Con Sus Estudiantes o Hijos

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Esther & Sai Trailer
Jun
2021
Esther & Sai Trailer
The night before their first day of nursing school in 1976, two female immigrants to Vancouver face unbearable homesickness. This trailer will be replaced by the full version of the film in the spring of 2022. Content heads up: racism
Nanay
Jun
2021
Nanay
Nanay is a 5 minute documentary following two Filipino Canadians who recount their experiences as children of Filipina migrant workers. Their stories unveil the alienation, confusion, and trauma that impacts immigrant Filipino Canadian families withi...
On the Surface
Jun
2021
On the Surface
Ada, a young Black woman, goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on her experience of having a baby in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy and postnatal depression. Sh...
Rompiendo Olas (Breaking Waves)
Jun
2021
An intimate and poetic documentary of migration, family unity and a search for healing the self, Rompiendo Olas centers on a young migrant worker who periodically fights a personal battle with anxiety and depression. Describing his illness as intense...
Still We Thrive
Jun
2021
Still We Thrive
Still We Thrive is a film about our healing and self-care under white supremacy. Still I Thrive uses found/archive footage, pieces to camera, voice over, and music to build a story of Black mental health resilience. The film uses archive and found fo...
Wholeness
Jun
2021
Wholeness
There have never been more opportunities for Black womxn than there are right now. In order to shake off misogynoir and the depths of oppression, Black womxn need to be whole, heard, and seen. Experience Wholeness examines and promotes consciousness ...
Fish
Jun
2021
Fish
Leila, a British-born, second-generation Chinese immigrant, struggles with her dual identity, in an annual celebration of Chinese New Year. Content heads up: racism, stigma
Stigma
Oct
2021
Stigma
Stephen Davis and Emma Richard describe their deep struggles with mental illness. The two of them dive into their feelings, with a goal to be heard and to help others overcome. This film covers Depression, Suicide, Bipolar Disorder, and the stigma su...
Now What?
Aug
2021
Now What?
As social media floods with adult-driven information, misinformation, and witness recorded killings; it begs the question – How are the youth digesting these times? Jamal experiences watching a Black man murdered for the first time. He now grapples...
Postal
Jul
2021
Postal
Based on true events, "Postal" is a short film set in one of the few places that we're all forced to face each other. A film on mental illness, and the madness of those who don't understand. Content heads up: Depictions of paranoid