Work Life

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
Clara van Gool | 
The Netherlands |
 2016 | 
32 minutes

In London’s bleak financial district, traders, bankers, and hedge fund managers describe an atavistic society, blood red in tooth and claw. As they move through the city streets, bodies become a metaphor for the extremity of an industry that twists and bends human nature into torturous form. -DW

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 4:15pm
Josephine Anderson  | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
11 minutes

A transgender woman named Sara Davis Buechner teaches piano to different students in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, and remembers her own career as a concert pianist. -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
Cat Mills | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
14 minutes

Repair cafes are popping up around the world as a community-based antidote to throwaway culture. In Fixed! we get a glimpse inside Canada’s first repair cafe in Toronto, where a team of dedicated volunteers are helping their neighbours, one fix at a time. -SC

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 9:30pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 3:00pm
Scott Dobson  | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
16 minutes

Duct tape, crazy glue, and a wealth of compassion are the tools of choice for veterinarians at the Turtle Conservation Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, who repair turtles involved in altercations with automobiles. -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
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
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
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