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Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St)

VIFF's Vancity Theatre

Sarah (Emmett) Race | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
17 minutes

Devoted bibliophiles Jan and Crispin Elsted have lovingly cared for their printing press for over 30 years. In the unlikely location of Mission, B.C., they make rare limited editions of beautifully engraved texts including everything from Shakespearean plays to contemporary West Coast poetry. -PP

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 12:00pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:15pm
Els van Driel | 
The Netherlands |
 2015 | 
18 minutes

In Catania, Italy, the arrival of boatloads of refugees is almost a daily occurrence. Twelve-year-old Leitizia wants to help. Her father works at a refugee centre, where she spends a lot of her time befriending newcomers. Her philosophy is simple: “They’re not a burden to us. They’re people with a heart and a soul and they all have their talents.” -SC

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
Rinske Bosch | 
The Netherlands |
 2015 | 
21 minutes

Cement walls and guard towers are just part of daily life for young Yazan. Living in a Palestinian refugee camp, he refuses to surrender his autonomy. Through art and action, he and his friends confront Israeli soldiers. -SC

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
Theo Krish and Philip Joa | 
UK |
 2015 | 
26 minutes

Skateboarding rules! In the face of military occupation, a group of Palestinian teens take to the streets with their boards. Life in the West Bank isn’t easy. Bombs and bullets are an everyday threat, and there’s nowhere to buy a new skateboard. -SC

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm
Brad Leitch | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
32 minutes

The Young Chippewayan Band 107, located in Treaty 6 territory near Laird, Saskatchewan, is still fighting to have their treaties honoured. Young Chippewayan Hereditary Chief George Kingfisher finds unlikely allies in local Mennonite and Lutheran communities. -SC

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:30pm
Thérèse Ottawa | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
15 minutes

On the verge of fatherhood, Tony Chachai, a thoughtful 21-yearold man from Atikamekw Nation, in Northern Quebec, discovers the power of a Pow Wow. Dancing alongside his cousin, Chachai reconnects to his culture. -SC

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:30pm
Bonnie Ammaaq | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
15 minutes

During the 1950s and ’60s, the Canadian government coerced thousands of Baffin Island Inuit into leaving their traditional territories. Filmmaker Bonnie Ammaaq’s family was among those relocated to Iglulik, Nunavut. -SC

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:30pm
Steven Davies | 
Canada |
 2015 | 
4 minutes

In May 2013, the WSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen Nations led a march to rename a sacred mountain in their territory, honouring their ancestors and history. -SC

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:30pm
Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley | 
USA |
 2016 | 
14 minutes

I, Destini is an autobiographical account of 14-year-old Destini Riley’s struggle to grapple with the societal forces that led to her brother being incarcerated in Durham, North Carolina — a city notorious for racial profiling. Riley’s self-penned narration, coupled with inspired animation, tells a powerful story about the barriers that media, class, race, and the law can place between people. -CP

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:30pm
Chloë Ellingson | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
15 minutes

The legacy of residential schools and other government-initiated assimilation efforts have left many Indigenous languages across Canada in an endangered state. Raising the Words is a lyrical portrait of six stalwart Mohawk speakers in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, approximately 200 km east of Toronto, who are empowering a new generation to revitalize and reclaim their traditional language. -SC

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

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