Family Life

Various Filmmakers | 
Canada |
42 minutes

Discover dynamic Indigenous voices through films made by First Nations youth from coast to coast. DOXA and VPL are happy to copresent an eye-opening program of curated fi lms by Wapikoni Mobile that will reveal unique stories, incredible talent, and powerful voices throughout Canada’s Indigenous communities.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:00pm
Various | 
Various |
 2016-2017 | 
53 minutes

Whether it’s basket making in Northern Quebec, or selling plastic toys in urban China, this collection of short films calls attention to our increasingly complex and contradictory relationship with our stuff.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Sandra Ignagni | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
12 minutes

The Carnival Band describe themselves as a roving band of tricksters, troublemakers, and rabble-rousers, with the occasional real musician thrown in the mix. -DW

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Nathalie Attallah | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
7 minutes

A grandmother and son retrace their memories of the Lebanese Diaspora in Vancouver with water and sand. -DW

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:30pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:15pm
Heather Condo  | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
7 minutes

From chopping wood in the forest to hand-weaving bark in the studio, Steven Jerome, a Mi’gmaq man from Gesgapegiag, Quebec, honours his ancestors and future generations by demonstrating the delicate art of basket making. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Charlie Lyne | 
UK |
 2017 | 
13 minutes

The grand opening of a marina in Anglesey, UK, is the backdrop for an unlikely mystery involving a group of elderly Brits, a famous weatherman, and a bunch of fish. -SC

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 4:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 7:30pm
Jessica Kingdon | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
11 minutes

China’s Yiwu Market is one of the largest shopping complexes in the world. Visually arresting, this ethnographic essay film blurs the boundary between consumer goods and the humans who sell them. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Jennifer Brea | 
US |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

Long misunderstood by the medical system, and often perceived to be a psychological issue, the commonality of symptoms shared by people who have been diagnosed with M.E. indicates that there is something else at work. Made with unflinching honesty, Unrest is as much a memoir of Jennifer and Omar’s life together, as it is a medical mystery.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Maite Alberdi  | 
Chile/The Netherlands/France |
 2016 | 
80 minutes

The only thing sweeter than the cream puffs in Maite Alberdi’s charming film are the warm and funny interactions between middle-aged students, all of whom have Down syndrome. Many of the residents have worked in the school bakery for forty years, but the pull of adulthood, and all it represents — sex, marriage, and family — has taken hold.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 2:15pm
Diedie Weng | 
Switzerland/Canada |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

Despite the ongoing environmental damage and pollution that have depleted his bee colonies, Lao Yu, a stalwart beekeeper in Northern China, is determined to keep his family tradition alive. After a year of living in the city, Lao’s son Maofu has returned home to their mountain village. It doesn’t take long before intergenerational conflicts erupt between father and son.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:45pm