Ada for Mayor

Ada for Mayor

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Screening Sponsor(s)
Pau Faus | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
86 minutes

We're excited to bring back an encore screening of ADA FOR MAYOR on September 21, 2017 (Co-presented with The Cinematheque). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Pete Fry, Judy Graves and Jean Swanson, all candidates running in the upcoming Vancouver by-election. The discussion will be moderated by David Beers.  


When the economic crisis struck Europe with full force in 2012, Spain was one of the continent’s hardest-hit nations. From astronomical unemployment rates to massive youth exodus, the country suffered terribly under the weight of its debt. One of the most painful situations to emerge from the crisis was the collapse of Spain’s housing market. With accountability tossed to the wind, homeowners found themselves unable to pay their mortgage debt, confronted with foreclosures and evictions that had life-altering consequences. In Barcelona, as in many other cities across Spain, housing rights activists were on the frontlines of the battle, and at their helm was Ada Colau, a fiery and passionate social justice advocate, who, three years later, would become the mayor of Barcelona.

Ada For Mayor is the incredible story of Colau’s journey from radical grassroots activist to principled politician. It is also the story of a movement that triumphed against all odds: the leftist Guanyem party, created by and for the citizens of Barcelona, committed to defending their rights against all affronts. Through rousing behind-the-doors political footage spliced with intimate video diaries, we come to know the charismatic Ada in all her many manifestations, and also bear witness to the challenges that she and Guanyem inevitably face as they swim up a stream clogged with power politics and self-interested politicians. From the inherent difficulties of consensus-based decision-making to the personal struggle Ada faces attempting to mould herself into a new role without compromising her values, we witness what is possible when passion, conviction, and dedication merge. Ada For Mayor is an inspirational rallying cry for a new kind of populist politics — one that is truly about the people. -PP