Mascarade - Origin Story unfolds some chapters of Aïsha's life. From her upbringing as a young Haitian girl in Montreal-Nord to her journeys in Brazil, the film reveals her encounters with her chosen family and the discovery of her identity as a woman and musician, nurturing her inspiration.

Aware of the wounds she carries, Aïsha embarks on a learning process aimed at transforming her traumas into objects of healing. Mascarade - Origin Story thus delves into the depths of her journey, shedding light on personal transformation and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Coming soon.


Official selection - Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 

Official selection - Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma 

Longlist - 1.4 Awards of Brilliant Filmmaking


A film by Maïlis

Starring Aïsha C. Vertus, Oxanna Deverze, Cathia Cariotte, J. Style, Anaïs Gilles, Bernardo Laureano, Jullia Roque, Sumé Aguiar, Fernanda Liberti, Uriel Dames, Thompson Oliveira, Andrea Silvestre, Telma Gomes, Sueli Miranda, Eliana Dias and Claudia Leopoldo

Creative director and music - Gayance – Aïsha C. Vertus
Cinematographer - Antoine Ryan
Executive producer - Carolan Grégoire

Executive producers - Aïsha C. Vertus, Maïlis, Antoine Ryan

Production - Consulat and Station Service
Post-production - Outpost Mtl

Production designer - Alexia Roc
Assistant art director - Emem Etti
Stylist - Racky Sow
Stylist assistant - Yolanta Szalwinska
Gayance's stylist - Eunice Huot
Gayance's hair stylist - Michal Harewood
Make-up artist - Gérardine Jeune
Hair assistant - Murielle Bien-Aimé

First assistant director - Carolan Grégoire
First assistant camera - Benjamin Gagné
Gaffers - Luna Gautier and Luis Fidalgo
Key grip and crane operator - Nicolas Lesage
Ronin operator - Austin Sumner-Grass
Grips - Evangelos Desborough and Léo Mangeon
Best boy - Geoffrey McCaldin
Location coordinator - Valéry Lajoie
SFX specialist - Mico Mazza
SFX assistant - Alexi Hobbs

Unit production manager - Olivier Gagné
Production coordinators - Lola-Lou Fergeau--Mariko, Marie-Jeanne Anglehart and Léa Mullen
Production assistants - Michel Grenier, Eliott Guenoden and Tiffany St-Surin
Accountant - Christine Hallak

Producer - Déborah Zapata
Line producer - Clara Nunes

Art Director - Janice Mascarenhas
Assistant art director - Bida Sarô
Props assistant - Eva Bensiman
Hair and makeup artist - Victor Manoel
Hair stylists - Janice Mascarenhas and Afrontoso Styles
Casting - Marcia Meloni

Drivers - Flavio Freitas, Eriberto Ribeiro, Bruno Dos Santos David and Renato Pedro do Nascimento
Nursing technicians - Thiago Choté, Joice Mota da Silva Andrade and Márcio de Araújo Dias
COVID Tests - Check Up Assessoria em Saúde

Editor - Xavier Lévesque
Color grading - Simon Boisx for Arketype

Editor - Travis Komarnisky
General manager - Bertrand Paquette
Post-production director - Simon Allard
Project manager - Julia Aubry
Online editors - Amélie Santerre and Martin Gaumond
Post-production assistants - Celia Dehouche and Maxime Seleiro

Translators - Clara Nunes and Oumayma Bouanane

Titles - Hugo Mut, Maïlis and Alexi Hobbs
Photo editor - Béatrice Munn

Music - Gayance - Album Mascarade - all rights reserved

Sound designer - Michaël Anctil
Sound mix - Stéphane Carreau and Ivann Uruena - Studio Bakery
Narrator - Roen Higgins
Writers - Roen Higgins, Maïlis and Kelsey Nichole Brooks

Special thanks to :
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ)
Sébastien Boyer - Consulat
Bertrand Paquette - Outpost
Station Service
Rhythm Section
Emilly Hill
Bradley Zero
Julio Mendy
Alexi Hobbs
Ivann Uruena
Madeleine Dufour
Martine Chartrand
Petr Barykine
Favela Hype
Ellias Kaleb
Dj Perturbado