Activism

Michael Premo  | 
US |
 2016 | 
20 minutes

The hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” of natural gas deposits has become one of the most preeminent issues in the argument between natural resource profits versus environmental preservation. Some see it as a means of providing jobs, while others see it as an enormous risk to human and environmental health, including soil and water.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
David Goldberg | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
39 minutes

In 2014, activists, ranging from new Canadians to First Nations people, ascended Burnaby Mountain to make a camp on the future route of the proposed pipeline. They were willing to do whatever it took to prevent the project from going forward; a critical necessity in their eyes, if the earth was to be preserved for future generations. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 6:30pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Ovidie | 
France |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

The dirtiest thing in director Ovidie’s investigation of the global porn business is not the sex, but the money. The numbers are staggering. Much of the profit generated by "tube sites" comes from the poverty-level wages paid to an amateur workforce.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Julia Hechler | 
US |
 2017 | 
10 minutes

In a Parisian neighbourhood, residents have devised a means of taking back their power and establishing their own identity through the creation of a slang called Verlan (back to front). -DW

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30pm
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00pm
Chris Marker | 
France |
 1977 | 
180 minutes

Here is Chris Marker’s magnum opus in all its ferocious intelligence and scale Originally released in 1977, and reedited in 1996, the rise and fall of the Left is ostensibly Marker’s subject, the great political revolutions of the 60s and 70s, totemic figures like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, composed like a heaving orchestra of archival material, demonstrations, occupations, and blood in the streets.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 5:00pm
Cyrus Sutton | 
US |
 2016 | 
61 minutes

Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Christian Tod  | 
Austria / Germany |
 2017 | 
96 minutes

Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman | 
US |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

Fattitude tackles the subject of body size prejudice from a multiplicity of perspectives including race, class, and gender. Featuring interviews and analyses from a broad range of writers, academics, activists, and artists, Fattitude assails a complex tangle of cultural and social constructs — everything from economic status to the politics of being seen.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:30pm
Peter Bratt | 
US |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

Dolores Huerta may just be the most vocal activist you’ve never heard of. Along with Cesar Chavez, Huerta was responsible for organizing minority farm workers all across California and founding United Farm Workers Dolores is a vibrant and long overdue tribute to a trailblazing 20th century feminist.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 2:30pm
Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm