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We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been selected to open the Female Eye Film Festival on June 26th, 2018 at Carlton Cinema! This is a great chance to catch a Toronto screening of the film. It’s thrilling to be sharing this piece with the world, it feels special and inspiring. 

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It’s Hard to be Human premiered in San Jose at Cinequest in March 2018, and in May it was selected to be part of the Santa Cruz Film Festival in Argentina. We also recently had a private screening to share the film with all our cast, crew and backers. 



God kicks his daughter out of heaven and won’t let her back in until she learns empathy.

It’s Hard to be Human is a surreal drama inspired by Strindberg’s 'A Dream Play’. It's a visceral experience of Agnes, God's daughter, in the liminal place before death.

Agnes is an 18-year-old delinquent who just can’t figure out the point of it all – life on earth. Her brother, Oscar, is a cop. Her Father (God) is a busy man, a torn husband and too tired to father anyone. Her Mother self-medicates and lives to die. Peter, her best friend, is an addict and a poet. Larry, her lover, strives for duty, marriage and the norm, because that’s where his happiness is. And then there’s Victoria, an enlightened spirit who emanates heaven. She’s got something everyone wants and because Agnes can’t have her, wants to destroy her.

The film begins with Agnes in the emergency room. She is in that space between life and death. We interweave her true-life story with this dreaming, almost-dead world. The pulse of the film is strummed out by the songs Agnes and her friends sing with their messed-up, longing hearts.

Agnes was a pious girl turned sour. And in this journey we find out why she has abandoned God and why he's forsaken her.


Message from Director Valerie Buhagiar

Hi there,

I’m making my second feature film. It’s closer to my core. It’s my battle with the Divine. “Love thy neighbor, sure, but how when they keep disappointing you?” It’s going to be beautiful, and hurtful, and funny, and musical and rich with metaphors and images but most of all full of love. It’ll punch you in the heart and make you see things a little differently. I’m sure you’ll want to see this film.

Thanks so much,





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It's Hard To Be Human was made by hand, with love and mostly thanks to the contributions of people donating time. Your donation will go directly to them.  

Our tees are printed on high quality Alstyle 5301 shirts made from 100% combed ringspun cotton jersey. Printed in Toronto by Private Press Printing using 100% solvent-free ink. Tee shirt designed by Justin Broadbent, and illustrated by Michael Winter.