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Apple Pie & Other Lessons is a short documentary about family, tradition, and the complexity of mother-daughter relationships that intersect with mental illness.

Sisters, Sheila and Edna, prepare an apple pie based on their late mother's recipe, as they both reflect on how her struggles with mental health coloured the relationship that they were able to have with her, as well as the quiet strength and love she was able to instill in them in spite of it all.

My name is Emily Ryder and I am an aspiring director from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In my work, I am driven by my goal to tell stories that are personal, rooted in empathy, and that champion women (in all their nuanced and complex glory). As I move forward in my career, I hope to continue to develop my creative voice within the landscape of contemporary Canadian cinema; and when it is not my turn to speak, I hope to be able to use my skills to amplify the voices of my peers. more...

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