Helene Klodawsky (Director/Writer) has been writing and directing social, political and art documentaries for 20 years. Her films have been screened and televised around the world and have won more than 25 awards. She has received honors from the Chicago, San Francisco, Jerusalem and Mannheim International Film Festivals, Hot Docs and the Academy of Canadian Cinema. Her documentary credits include Painted Landscapes of the Times (1986), Motherland (1994), What If (1999) and Undying Love (2002). Klodawsky is currently working on Family Motel, a feature-length alternative drama about a group of homeless families and refugees in Toronto thrown together in an old motel along a busy suburban highway, and 'Til We Drop, a feature documentary about malls, shopping and the "malling of the planet." She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Queen's University in Canada.