Activism

Louise BigEagle | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
6 minutes

A tender portrait of Armand McArthur, the last fluent speaker of the Nakota language in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory in southern Saskatchewan. “When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” explains Armand. -SC

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Rami Katz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
35 minutes

In the early 1960s, when America was brimming with racial tension and Martin Luther King was marching in Alabama, Jack O’Dell was at his side. At age 94, O’Dell eloquently recounts his experiences and views—from his early membership in the Communist Party to his opinions on the current state of racial affairs in the US, as well as the significance of Black Lives Matter. -PP

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:45pm
Simon Plouffe | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

Simon Plouffe’s atmospheric and immersive film offers an opportunity to explore the musicality and cultural significance of many Indigenous languages, all of which are at risk of disappearing.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 4:30pm
Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
85 minutes

Metamorphosis confronts beauty and loss with powerful visual imagery. The stories of scientists, artists, and activists fighting the global environmental crisis are woven through with stunning imagery to deliver a powerful message of transformation.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 12:00pm
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:00pm
Mary Jirmanus Saba | 
Lebanon |
 2017 | 
93 minutes

In the early 1970s, two bloody uprisings at tobacco and chocolate factories in Lebanon held the promise of popular revolution and women’s emancipation. But when the Lebanese civil war erupted only a couple of years later, the cultural significance of the women and workers’ movement was wiped clean from the country’s collective memory.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada |
 2017-2018 | 
66 minutes

Whether it’s repurposing archival footage, honouring activism through a monument, or reflecting on the legacy of settler documentation, this selection of short films showcases Indigenous filmmakers reclaiming their images and narratives.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 12:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm
Ayse Toprak | 
France/Germany/Turkey |
 2017 | 
87 minutes

Twenty-four-year old Husein lives in exile. Along with his parents, wife, and young daughter, he was forced from his home in Syria to Istanbul, where he awaits possible asylum in Europe. But Husein’s is a double exile—estranged from his country by war, he is also estranged from his family because of who he is. 

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:15pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 12:00pm
Matthieu Rytz | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Kiribati is quickly disappearing as a consequence of global warming. The rise of the sea, along with increasingly violent storms and typhoons are leading this beautiful land and its culture towards an inexorable fate.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Laura Bari | 
Canada/Argentina |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

Rocío and Aldana are two young women whose lives have already been marked by profound trauma. The two girls are cousins, and while they go about their daily lives in Argentina facing the same excitement and challenges as their peers, they both carry the weight of the respective experiences that have shaped them.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
Selwyn Jacob | 
Canada |
 1996 | 
52 minutes

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, black men from across Canada, US, Africa and the Caribbean worked as sleeping-car porters for Canada’s railway companies. As one of the few jobs available for people of colour at the time, the occupation was well-respected but also full of challenges.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:45pm