Samara Chadwick

>Samara Chadwick

Samara Chadwick

Film, Photo & Digital Media

Contact Info

Email address
Resides in
English Montreal

Social Media

Experience working with

  • Secondary 3 & 4
  • Secondary 5

I regularly explore the following Broad Areas of Learning/Themes in my work

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Media Literacy

Listed in the Quebec Culture in the Schools Repertoire

  • No

I have experience working with

  • United World Colleges, Points North Institute Artist Residencies

I can facilitate virtual creative experiences

  • No

School board areas you are available to work in

  • Central Quebec - Quebec City & Environs
  • Central Quebec - Rural/Regional Schools
  • Cree School Board
  • Eastern Shores - Gaspe/Coast
  • Eastern Shores - Lower St. Lawrence
  • Eastern Shores - Magdalen Islands
  • Eastern Townships
  • English Montreal
  • Kativik School Board
  • Lester B Pearson - outside Montreal transportation areas (STM)
  • Lester B Pearson - within public transit area
  • Littoral - Lower North Shore
  • Riverside
  • Western Quebec - Northern area
  • Western Quebec - Southern area (Hull, Wakefield etc)
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay
  • New Frontiers - Chateauguay Valley
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Lanaudiere
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laurentian
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier – Laval


  • I am available for travel within the same day
  • I am available for travel overnight
  • An extended residency is an option
Samara is a scholar, filmmaker and curator. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies and has given workshops about filmmaking, storytelling, and mental health issues at schools and universities in Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada and the US. Samara’s first feature documentary, 1999, is about breaking the taboo of suicide and the isolation of grief, especially among teens. The film premiered in 2018 and has since played dozens of festivals and schools worldwide.

Creative Approach and Experiences Offered

1999 is unlike any other film on suicide. Instead of focusing on the victims, it tells the stories of survivors, in a deeply personal meditation on loss and the way experiences shape us even in ways we don't understand. "Suicide is a learned behaviour," one character says of the way the act became a pattern in the community, and how the same community’s shame and silence potentially contributed to more and more deaths. For the survivors whose words pervade the film, it is suggested that the realisation that they had the power to end their own lives is the very thing that gave them the motivation to survive. Their voices and strong, accessible and moving: and the need to talk about their experience resonates throughout the film.

The film has already screened at dozens of schools. The experience of watching “1999” proves to be very cathartic, and healing, and solicits extensive conversations from students in high schools and universities.