A person says, WHEE!
Text reads, tvokids + Apartmnet 11 Productions, Original.
A girl wearing a winter coat smiles outside a house.
A narrator says, MEET RAECHEL.
SHE LOVES WHAT SHE DOES.
Raechel dances in a dance studio.
She says, I LOVE DANCING HERE.
The narrator says, THIS GIRL IS BRIGHT AND
FULL OF LIGHT.
Raechel works at a desk.
She says, GUYANESE GIRLS ARE COOL
She shows a drawing of a girl with text that reads, Valery Cegan.
The narrator says, LOOKS LIKE WE'RE READY!
[Upbeat music plays]
An animated sun waves. Over colourful art on a brick wall are different pictures of children. Under the animated sun, text reads, Sunny’s Quest.
Raechel stands outside the house with a man, woman, and boy.
She says, HI, MY NAME IS RAECHEL.
I'M 11 YEARS OLD.
I LIVE IN WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO.
Woodbridge is marked on a map.
Raechel says, THIS IS MY FAMILY.
Her family waves.
Raechel says, THIS IS MY DAD.
Her dad smiles in a grey winter coat.
Raechel says, THIS IS MY MOM.
Her mom smiles in a black winter coat.
Raechel says, AND THIS IS MY
BIG BROTHER MATTHEW.
Matthew smiles in a blue winter coat and striped hat. In a timelapse, Raechel runs down a staircase to a basement with three girls. In the basement, they wear decorative costumes. Raechel wears a blue and green costume with a matching feather headpiece.
She says, THESE ARE MY COUSINS.
She gestures to her cousin in a costume that matches hers.
She says, NIA.
Nia smiles and waves.
Raechel says, Jeniya.
Jeniya smiles in a pink costume.
Raechel says, Jordyn.
Jordyn wears a similar pink costume to Jeniya’s and waves.
Raechel says, WE ENJOY PLAYING MÀS TOGETHER IN
She and her cousins dance.
Raechel says, WHEN I WAS 6 I STARTED PLAYING
PLAYING A MÀS IS BASICALLY A
PARADE AND YOU KIND OF GET TO
WEAR COSTUMES AND IT'S REALLY
Jeniya says, WAIT!
WHERE ARE OUR FLAGS?
Raechel and her cousins wave flags.
Raechel says, THE GUYANESE FLAG IS BRIGHT,
BOLD AND COLOURFUL.
YOU GOTTA HAVE ONE WHENEVER
The Guyanese flag is displayed.
Raechel says, DID YOU KNOW THE GUYANESE FLAG
IS ALSO CALLED THE GOLDEN
I LOVE THE GUYANESE FLAG AND ALL
THE BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT COLOURS.
THE RED REPRESENTS THE BLOOD OF
THE PEOPLE IN GUYANA.
THE YELLOW REPRESENTS THE GOLD
SINCE THERE IS LOTS OF GOLD IN
GUYANA AND THE GREEN REPRESENTS
ALL THE LAND IN GUYANA.
Raechel sits on a couch with a globe ball. She points to Canada on the globe.
She says, THIS IS CANADA WHERE I LIVE.
WAY DOWN OVER HERE IS GUYANA.
Raechel points to Guyana on the globe. The country is marked on a map.
In the dance studio, text on a wall reads, Just Dance. Raechel stands beside woman with short hair. They both are dressed in black and are barefoot.
Raechel says, THIS IS MY INSTRUCTOR MISS
Miss Chelcia smiles and waves.
She says, HI RAECHEL.
Raechel says, AND I LOVE DANCING HERE.
Miss Chelcia asks, ARE YOU READY TO DANCE?
Raechel says, YEAH.
Miss Chelcia says, LET'S GO.
4 TO 3, THEN RESTING
OF THE HIPS.
She and Raechel practice a dance move.
Raechel says, WHEN I'M DANCING I FEEL LIKE ALL
THE STRESS HAS BEEN TAKEN RIGHT
OUT OF MY BODY AND I'M DANCING
The animated sun appears and dances.
Raechel says, THE STYLES OF DANCE I DO ARE
ACRO, HIP-HOP AND
WHEN I DANCE AFRO-CARIBBEAN I
USE MY HEAD, MY SHOULDERS, MY
HIPS, MY WAIST, MY KNEES.
I USE EVERYTHING.
She demonstrates dancing with the different parts of her body.
Raechel says, WHEN I DO A MOVE THAT'S
DIFFICULT FOR ME I PRACTICE IT
OVER AND OVER AGAIN UNTIL I GET
Miss Chelcia helps Raechel with a dance move.
She says, YES.
THERE YOU GO.
Raechel practices the move.
She says, I FEEL VERY, VERY HAPPY WHEN I
Raechel smiles as she dances.
Raechel looks in a fridge at home.
She says, THERE'S ONE FOOD THAT I JUST
She pulls a bowl out of the fridge.
She says, OKRA.
OKRA IS A DISH USED IN LOTS OF
Raechel’s mom stands by a stove with a pot and pan.
Raechel asks, MOM, WOULD IT BE OKAY IF WE MADE
OKRA FOR DINNER TONIGHT?
I ALREADY HAVE THE
POT HEATING UP FOR YOU.
Raechel says, YES!
MY MOM TEACHES ME HOW TO COOK
THINGS JUST LIKE HER MOM TAUGHT
She cooks with her mom.
She says, AND NOW FOR THE OKRA.
IT'S MY FAVOURITE PART.
Raechel adds chopped okra to a pan of sizzling meat. Her mom mixes the okra and meat together.
Raechel says, DELICIOUS.
In a video call on a smart phone, a woman with brown hair says, HI RAECHEL.
Raechel says, IT'S MY GRANDMA FROM GUYANA.
She waves to her grandma, who has someone cooking behind her.
Raechel’s grandma asks, WHAT YOU MAKIN'?
Raechel says, WE'RE MAKING SOME OKRA.
Raechel’s mom holds the pan close to the phone.
Raechel’s grandma says, OH, IT LOOKS DELICIOUS.
The animated sun licks its lips.
Raechel’s grandma says, LOOK WHAT GRANDMA MADE.
WE'RE HAVING PEPPER POT.
She shows Raechel the food.
The man in the call says, AND PEPPER POT IS AUTHENTIC
GUYANESE CUISINE FROM OUR
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND PEPPER POT
TONIGHT IS SERVED WITH COCONUT
Text reads, Chef Delvin. Raechel’s grandma shows Raechel a piece of the coconut bread. Raechel’s mom smiles.
Raechel says, OOH, THAT LOOKS YUMMY.
Her grandma takes a bite of the bread.
Raechel sets a table.
She says, WHEN I WAS YOUNG MY MOM WOULD
GIVE ME OKRA AND THAT WAS THE
FIRST FOOD I REALLY LIKED.
She eats dinner at the table with her family.
She says, MMM.
I WISH YOU GUYS COULD TASTE
YOU'RE GONNA HAVE TO ASK YOUR
GUYANESE FRIENDS TO LET YOU HAVE
Raechel’s smiles. In a bedroom, text on a wall reads, Raechel.
Raechel says, COME INTO MY ROOM.
I LOVE HANGING OUT IN HERE AND
JUST BEING MYSELF.
She takes a seat at her desk.
She says, THIS IS WHERE I WRITE MY
I LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT A
CHARACTER I NAMED VALERY CEGAN.
SHE'S A GUYANESE GIRL.
I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT
GUYANESE GIRLS ARE COOL AND
Raechel writes in a notebook.
She says, CHAPTER ONE.
HELLO, MY NAME IS VALERY CEGAN.
TOMORROW WILL BE THE FIST DAY OF
GRADE ONE AND I AM SUPER DUPER
Other drawings of characters include Stacy, Lily and Alexis. Raechel sits on her bed.
She says, I LIKE TO PAINT, DRAW AND DESIGN
ALL KINDS OF THINGS.
Raechel stands by medals hanging on a wall.
She says, I GOT THESE MEDALS FROM DOING
VARIOUS STYLES OF DANCE AND I
GOT THIS RIBBON WHEN I WON A
RACE AT SCHOOL.
I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING.
Raechel walks down a staircase to an office.
She says, THIS IS AN AWARD I WON FOR MY
A certificate with Raechel’s name reads, Certificate of Achievement.
Raechel says, IT'S A BIG ACHIEVEMENT FOR ME
BECAUSE IT SHOWS TO ME AND
PROVES TO ME THAT I CAN DO
She reads a book.
She says, I WOULD LIKE TO BE A LAWYER WHEN
I GROW UP.
IT IS SO COOL TO JUST HAVE YOUR
JOB BE DEBATING AND STANDING UP
A book reads, Meet Viola Desmond, Canadian Civil and Women’s Rights Activist.
Raechel says, I THINK THAT STRONG WOMEN LIKE
VIOLA DESMOND, MISTY COPELAND
AND NAM KIWANUKA ARE SO
Another page in the book is of a girl with long curly hair. Text reads, Misty Copeland, First American female dancer at the America Ballet Theatre. A picture shows Nam Kiwanuka who has curly brown hair and glasses and is sitting at a desk. Text reads, Nam Kiwanuka, Television personality and journalist.
Raechel says, THEY OVERCAME BARRIERS TO MAKE
OUR LIVES BETTER.
IF I COULD I WOULD ASK THEM HOW
DID YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO BE
In a hallway, Raechel’s mom holds a tablet.
She says, I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF RAECHEL
IN HER ACADEMIC ENDEAVOURS.
SHE CONTINUES TO WORK HARD AND I
DO BELIEVE THAT THIS VIDEO WILL
ENCOURAGE HER TO CONTINUE TO
[Cheerful music plays]
The animated sun bursts out of a gift box and blows a party horn. Text reads, Sunny’s Surprise!
Raechel’s mom brings her the tablet.
She says, HEY RAECHEL.
I HAVE A VIDEO MESSAGE FOR YOU.
JUST PRESS PLAY.
She passes the tablet to Raechel.
Raechel says, OKAY.
A video plays of Nam Kiwanuka.
Nam says, HI RAECHEL.
IT'S NAM KIWANUKA
Text reads, Nam Kiwanuka, Television personality and journalist.
Nam says, SO NICE TO MEET YOU.
HOW DID I GET TO WHERE
I AM IN MY CAREER?
I WORKED REALLY HARD.
AND HOW DID I FIND THE COURAGE
TO BE SO BRAVE?
I USED TO BE SUPER SHY.
A video within the video message shows Nam interviewing a woman.
Nam says, THROUGH THE COURSE OF YOUR
RESEARCH HAS THERE BEEN ANYTHING
THAT YOU FOUND OUT THAT KIND OF
Raechel smiles as she watches the video message.
In the message, Nam says, I'M SURE YOU'VE HEARD THE SAYING
'FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT
Nam says, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO HAVE
REGRETS AND I WANT TO LOOK BACK
AT MY LIFE LIKE I DID THE BEST I
I HELPED PEOPLE
AND I WAS KIND.
I THINK WHEN YOU SEE
IT YOU CAN BE IT.
RAECHEL, IT WAS REALLY NICE TO
MEET YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON
YOUR AWARD AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL
MEET IN REAL LIFE SOMEDAY.
TAKE GOOD CARE.
On a sidewalk, she crouches in a racing starting position beside her brother.
She says, READY?
Matthew says, SET.
Together, the siblings say, GO!
They take off running down the sidewalk.
Raechel says, I REALLY LIKE TO COMPETE WITH MY
BROTHER BECAUSE WE'RE BOTH
PRETTY COMPETITIVE SO IT MAKES
IT MORE FUN.
She races down the sidewalk with her brother.
Raechel says, I LIKE TO RACE MY BROTHER.
HE'S REALLY FAST.
At their finish line, three girls cheer as Matthew runs ahead of his sister.
Raechel says, BUT ONE DAY I'M GONNA BE FASTER.
Matthew says, GOOD JOB.
Raechel says, GOOD JOB.
Matthew says, GIVE ME A
The siblings high five. Raechel stands by the girls from the finish line.
Raechel says, THIS IS MY FRIEND SADAF AND THIS
IS HER SISTER SAHARA.
WE'RE ALL GONNA PLAY TAG.
Matthew tags Raechel.
He says, YOU'RE IT.
He and the girls run away.
Raechel says, WHAT?
She looks confused.
She says, SO THE GAME STARTS OFF WITH ME
BEING IT AND EVERYBODY ELSE RUNS
NOW I HAVE TO FIND THEM AND WHEN
I DO I TAG THEM AND NOW WE'RE
The animated sun dances. Raechel finds Sadaf hiding behind a tree.
Raechel says, FOUND YOU!
A Raechel Cam shows Sahara being found on a bench beside a garbage can.
Raechel says, I LOVE HANGING OUT WITH MY
FRIENDS AND FAMILY BECAUSE
THEY'RE KIND TO ME AND CARING.
THEY ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH AND
PUT A BIG SMILE RIGHT ON MY
The girls find Matthew hiding on a path running between large rocks.
Raechel says, WE GOT YOU!
Sadaf says, WE GOT YOU!
Raechel says again, WE GOT YOU!
Outside her house with her family, Raechel says, THANKS FOR HANGING OUT WITH ME.
WE DANCED, WE COOKED
AND WE PLAYED.
MY FAVORITE PART OF THE DAY WAS
PLAYING MÀS WITH MY COUSINS.
The animated sun waves. Raechel smiles.
[Cheerful music plays]
Narrator Catherine Verdon.
Producer Sabine Daniel.
Written and Directed by Julia Patterson Porter.
An Apartment 11 production.
Produced in association with tvokids.
[Bright music plays]
A person says, WHEE!
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An eye looks through a peephole. Text reads, Apartment 11 Productions.
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