How To Be At Home

How To Be At Home

| 4 min

Lean into loneliness — and know you’re not alone in it. Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman reunites with poet Tanya Davis to craft tender and profound animation on the theme of isolation, providing a wise and soaringly lyrical sequel to their viral hit How to Be Alone.

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  • director
    Andrea Dorfman
  • animator
    Andrea Dorfman
  • editor
    Andrea Dorfman
  • poem writing
    Tanya Davis
  • poem performance
    Tanya Davis
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • original music
    Tanya Davis
    Daniel Ledwell
  • sound design
    Sacha Ratcliffe
  • music recording
    Daniel Ledwell
    Tanya Davis
  • online editor
    Yannick Carrier
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • digital editing technician
    Pierre Dupont
    Marie-Josée Gourde
    Patrick Trahan
  • sound technician
    Bernard Belley
  • title design
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • production supervisor
    Roz Power
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Lord
    Chris MacIntosh
  • senior production coordinator
    Kelly Davis
  • studio administrator
    Leslie Anne Poyntz
  • marketing manager
    Johanna Lessard
  • legal council
    Dominique Aubry
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

  • None

    This pulled tears from me in 3 separate places. Beautiful art allowing me to parse "I'm not alone" in a completely different way. I immediately forwarded this. Thank you. ❤️

    None, 16 Nov 2020
  • None

    Oh Andrea I absolutely related heavily to this beautiful poem- love the line if touch is the tether that holds us together- I'm such a people person and really have felt lonely and I love the fact we aren't alone we're in this together. Thank you so much I lived in Peterborough Ontario for nearly six years - so need to come back to visit when I can xxx

    None, 24 Oct 2020
  • None

    Beautiful, thoughtful, so thankful I had CBCs Q on at just the right time. Thank you for articulating what I have been feeling, too.

    None, 22 Oct 2020
  • Derek

    I got musty eyed hearing it on Q today, but I teared up watching it. I guess I haven't seen such honest beauty in awhile

    Derek, 21 Oct 2020
  • None

    Brilliant, wonderful, creative... thank you

    None, 21 Oct 2020
  • Chuck in  Vancouver

    This is a perfect little gem of a film. Thank you so much for it. Kudos to the director and the poet and the composer!

    Chuck in Vancouver, 21 Oct 2020
  • None

    The first line is, "If you are at first really f---ing anxious, just wait...". I don't enjoy people who lack vocabulary and have no empathy with them. I will not be watching this because the first line is inappropriate and I find it offensive. I read the comments here, starkly opposite to mine and I think perhaps a lot of people are hard of hearing???? The gist I get from this is that it's another "we're in this together" scenario - in other words, get in line. Give your heads a shake NFB, (National Film Board), with an introduction like this, it is not about strength and at times like this that is what is needed.

    None, 19 Oct 2020
  • CD

    My heart swelled and burst. Thank you for this beautiful meditation.

    CD, 7 Oct 2020
  • SN

    Gorgeous and powerful. Thank-you!

    SN, 7 Oct 2020
  • None


    None, 6 Oct 2020
  • None

    utterly delightful, moving, beautiful

    None, 3 Oct 2020
  • None

    Absolutely lovely and inspiring! Thank you Andrea and Tanya.

    None, 30 Sep 2020
  • None

    Lovely! A quiet rap about optimism. Thank you Andrea and Tanya.

    None, 23 Sep 2020
  • CTC

    Thank you Andrea and Tanya yet again for a thoughtful BEAUTIFUL film!

    CTC, 23 Sep 2020