Politics of Place

Politics of Place

Landscapes contain a multitude of narrative possibilities. Whether it’s a dense forest in southern Slovenia, the oldest skate park in Santiago, Chile, or an informal neighbourhood in Manila being engulfed by an expanding port, these formally rigorous films invite us to uncover the histories, politics, and personalities that emerge from a careful observation of place.

Nicolás Molina
Chile
2018
82 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A meditative journey along two rivers — the Ganges in India, and the Biobío in Chile — that serves as a junction between two similar but distinct ways of life.

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog
Norway/Greenland/Denmark
2019
77 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

When the small remote town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, is chosen as the site for American aluminum company ALCOA’s new smelting plant, the locals wait with bated breath for construction to begin.

Jewel Maranan
Philippines
2017
120 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker Jewel Maranan follows the plight of four families living in the impoverished Manilan district of Tondo as the government forces their resettlement, casting a critical look at the everyday violence that precedes the construction of a globalized city.

Sami Mermer and Hind Benchekroun
Canada
2018
100 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 8:30pm

Xalko is a Kurdish village in Turkey — a small, isolated collection of modest houses, ramshackle livestock pens, and scrubby landscape. Director Sami Mermer returns to his hometown to craft an intimate portrait of the women in his family and a place threatened by exodus.

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
Chile/Germany
2018
78 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Daily life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile, is unremarkable, but as this wonderfully original film unfolds, we become aware that human affairs — of street cleaners, small-time drug dealers, and skateboarders — are incidental to the real story here. The stars of this film are its two canine subjects — Football and Chola.

Ian Soroka
US/Slovenia/Croatia
2018
99 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:30pm

In his debut feature, director Ian Soroka creates an evocative portrait of the southern Slovenian landscape that facilitated what is considered to be Europe’s most effective resistance movement during World War II.