Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

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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
Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

From the opening guitar thunder of Link Wray’s smash hit, you know you are in for a wild ride. Directors Catherine Bainbridge (Reel Injun) and Alfonso Maiorana have assembled a veritable who’s who in the music business, from Tony Bennett to Steven Tyler to attest to the pivotal role that First Nations artists played in the development of Blues, Rock and Funk.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
Jonathan Olshefski | 
US |
 2017 | 
105 minutes

In North Philadelphia, the Raineys are a regular African-American family who stay strong and loving despite ongoing adversity. Jonathan Olshefski’s powerful documentary follows Christopher and Christine’a, their teenage daughter Patricia (PJ), and Christine’a’s older son William over a ten-year period. The spectacular power of Quest comes from its complete lack of sentimentality. Its unflinching honesty reflects how the Raineys themselves are unapologetically candid, and relentlessly courageous. This is a family with a deep bond of love and faith, and this timely film has a lot to teach us.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm
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
Ali Weinstein | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
76 minutes

The myth of the mermaid spans the globe from the Amazon to the fjords of Scandinavia. Throughout history, the figure of the half-fish, half-human has surfaced with regularity, from the three-thousand- year-old Assyrian figure of Atargatis to the Mami Wata water spirits of West Africa. Modern mermaids are just as diverse, as Ali Weinstein’s charming new film illustrates.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:15pm
Julia Ivanova | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
107 minutes

For many young Canadians in the 2000s, Fort McMurray was El Dorado. Dubbed “Fort McMoney” by detractors and admirers alike, the city and its vast oil sands projects offered lucrative employment to thousands of fortune seekers who came from across Canada and around the world. Julia Ivanova’s documentary follows seven such dreamers, arriving from places as far flung as Sudan and Lebanon, as they pursue their dreams amidst a time of great uncertainty in the oil market.

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 8:30pm
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
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
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
Manny Mahal | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
18 minutes

Manny retraces his mother’s footsteps, talking about her life as an adventurer, a parent, and a rabid Canucks fan. -DW

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:45pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 12:00pm