Media and Journalism

Marie Clements | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
101 minutes

Marie Clements’ musical documentary is simultaneously a piece of BC First Nations history, a call for revolution and resolve, and a portrait of a people who have retained their power and identity through community and activism.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:30pm
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
Jennifer M. Kroot | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

In Jennifer M. Kroot’s warm and deeply affectionate film, Armistead Maupin tells his story in his own words. Friends and colleagues including Neil Gaiman, Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Sir Ian McKellen and Amy Tan weigh in, but Armistead needs little help. A natural born raconteur, he talks about his first sexual experience, and then bursts into the torchy standard, “Is That All There Is?”

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:00pm
Salome Jashi | 
Germany, Georgia |
 2016 | 
73 minutes

Director Salome Jashi plays with the idea of perception in this enlightening film about contemporary Georgian life. The town folk in the interviews, as well as the journalists themselves, are acutely aware of how they are perceived. This often results in delicately painful conversations about just what aspects of the community, and its inhabitants, should be displayed, and what content is best left out.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Olivier Jourdain | 
Belgium |
 2016 | 
56 minutes

In Rwanda, there is a tradition of female pleasure that undoes all the standards of Hollywood and most of the Western world combined. It is kunyaza, a practice that centres on that mythic holy grail of human sexuality: female ejaculation. According to local mythos, a warrior queen, unsatisfied by her husband, took a servant as a lover and was so pleased with him that she brought forth the great waters that eventually turned into Lake Kivu. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 9:15pm
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
Santiago Bertolino | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
96 minutes

From Egypt’s post-Arab Spring elections to Israel’s “Apartheid Road” to Turkey’s sprawling Syrian refugee camps, journalist Jesse Rosen- feld moves swiftly between countries and areas of conflict as stories surface. Freelancer on the Front Lines reveals how the news is made and disseminated. More than just informing his readers of disturbing events, Rosenfeld hopes to evoke real change through his writing.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
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
Chris Marker and Yannick Bellon | 
France |
 2001 | 
42 minutes

A portrait of photographer Denise Bellon, who pioneered the art of photojournalism, Remembrance of Things to Come is bookended by two Surrealist exhibitions (1938 and 1947). Or, as Marker terms them: “Two small Islands of strangeness, as between two hands.” Circuitous and discursive, the narrative is pinned in place by Bellon’s extraordinary eye.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 3:30pm