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Three mixed-race women talk about their hybrid identities.

There are no clear guidelines on how to describe yourself as a mixed-race person in a world that wants people’s identities to fit neatly into boxes.

Being half one thing and half another can feel like you’re not enough of either — a confusing and unsettling place to navigate.

In His Nose, Her Eyes, Whose Face?, three mixed-race women talk about what it’s like to have  a hybrid identity, while their families share their opinions — sometimes supportive, sometimes contradictory.

Allie tells her unknowing parents that her Muslim and Jewish background meant double the racism from her peers. She explains how comedy became a means of coping with the confusion surrounding her identity.

Sapphira reflects on her lack of awareness about her own mixed identity, and talks about how she will raise her young mixed son differently.

Madi shares how her pride as a black woman was shattered when she went to university, while her parents disagree about how she should define herself.

His Nose, Her Eyes, Whose Face? is a conversation about who has the power to influence how you define yourself, when determining your identity is a deeply personal journey.

Credits (Click to expand)

Written & Directed by

Lisa Rideout

Produced by

Mariam Zaidi, Lisa Rideout


Gabriela Osio Vanden


Erin Gulas

Stop Motion Animation

Martha Grant

Sound Recordist

Paolo Di Teodoro

Assistant Editor

Kevin Luttman

Camera Assistants

Ryan McIntyre

Evan DeRushie

Production Coordinator

Rachel Siegel


The Fullers

The Charles

The Keiths

Online Editor & Colourist

Kevin Luttman

Sound Editor & Re-recording Mixer

Paolo Di Teodoro


Paul DeSilva

Stop Motion Studio

Toronto Animated Image Society

Legal Services

Brenda Blake LLP


Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. 


Asche & Spencer

Special Thanks

Sapphira Charles

Adam Smith

Gail Fuller

Madi Fuller

Steven Fuller

Allie Keith

Lela Keith

Stanley Hasan Keith

Produced in Association with


General Manager, Programming - Sally Catto

Executive Director, Unscripted Content - Jennifer Dettman

Senior Director, Documentary - Sandra Kleinfeld

Director of Production, Unscripted Content - Alexandra Lane

Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs - Lesley Birchard

Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals - Mélanie Lê Phan