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Borders and Boundaries

For our 2016 Spotlight, there was no issue more pressing or topical this year than that of borders. But as the refugee crisis continues to expand, these barriers are failing. We are witnessing the largest human migration in history. And this is only the beginning.  

Coupled with the ideas of physical borders, is more the more difficult to establish notion of boundaries. The places we draw off in our mind. What is right or appropriate? Is it a good idea to jump off of a cliff, build a time machine, or consign our fellow humans to epic suffering? Whether we choose to transgress established concepts (time and space), or trespass on forbidden territory (the Chernobyl exclusion zone), it is an ongoing process of negotiation. 

Films featured in Borders and Boundaries include:

John Bolton | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
102 minutes

Every artist has his great white whale. For Canadian daredevil Ken Carter, it was jumping the St. Lawrence River in a rocket-powered Lincoln Continental.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 3:00pm
George Kurian | 
Norway |
 2015 | 
55 minutes

The lives of a group of Syrian refugees are thrown into turmoil as they attempt to flee across the sea from Egypt to Europe.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 6:30pm
Gina Abatemarco | 
 2016 | 
64 minutes

Once a nomadic people, the Inupiaq were relocated to Kivalina, Alaska, by the US government more than a century ago. Today, the community struggles to maintain itself in the face of forces largely beyond its control.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 5:30pm
Juan Manuel Sepúlveda | 
Mexico |
 2015 | 
70 minutes

When director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda first began to hang out in Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver, he was planning to make a film about Latino gangs. But over the course of two years, the idea began to shift.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 4:30pm
Nathalie Loubeyre | 
France |
 2015 | 
85 minutes

From its deliberately technocratic title to scenes of grainy security footage, Flow Mechanics speaks to the many ways in which debates over immigration render the experiences of those seeking refuge in Europe (and elsewhere) invisible.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
Salim Abu Jabal | 
Palestine |
 2015 | 
70 minutes

An elderly Palestinian couple’s rundown home in the Roshmia Valley, close to the Israeli city of Haifa, is the scene for a slowly unfolding tragedy. Yousef and Amna have lived in their tumbledown place, constructed of corrugated iron and canvas sheets, for more than 50 years. Change is on its way, and it is well nigh unstoppable. Yousef and Amna vow that they won’t be moved.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 9:00pm
Holly Morris and Anne Bogart | 
USA/Ukraine |
 2015 | 
72 minutes

The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone looks like a bucolic paradise. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and the fish are biting. As Valentyna Ivanivna states at the outset, there is probably more pollution in Kiev than in the place she calls home. “I won’t go anywhere even at gunpoint,” she states. After the Chernobyl disaster on April 26, 1986, more than 90,000 people were forcibly evacuated and told they could never go home again.

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 8:45pm
Jay Cheel  | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
82 minutes

Jay Cheel’s remarkable new film explores what is perhaps the ultimate boundary, the 4th dimension, time itself. Since humans first walked the planet, they’ve been searching for a way to conquer time. Thus far, the only means of doing this existed in the realm of science fiction novels, comic books and, of course, movies. But as Cheel discovers, scientists are drawing ever closer to this fabled quest.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00pm
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 2:30pm
Jakob Brossmann | 
Austria/Italy/Switzerland |
 2015 | 
93 minutes

A broken down ferry, an isolated island, a group of angry fishermen, and an influx of trapped refugees... This might sound like the beginnings of a thriller, but the situation is real. This is the challenging predicament for the Italian island of Lampedusa.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 6:30pm
Min Sook Lee | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
90 minutes

In Leamington, Ontario, greenhouse food production is a billion dollar industry. It is also an industry that is highly dependent on thousands of migrant workers from Mexico, Jamaica, and Southeast Asia. For many farm workers, the dream of a well-paying job becomes a nightmare when they are deceived into paying outrageous fees to brokers and recruiters.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 2:00pm
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