Activism

Activism

Claudia Tosi
Italy/France
2018
84 minutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

With the rise of populism, extremism, racism, and indifference, democracy is in crisis and nobody seems able to find a cure. Director Claudia Tosi explores how this crisis unfolds in Italy through the battles of two remarkable women, Manuela Ghizzoni and Daniela DePietri, both members of the country’s Democratic Party.

Fredrik Gertten
Sweden
2019
92 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Through interviews with common folk and politicians alike, Push shows the strain that cities across the globe have felt as housing has become a commodity for the wealthy, rather than a necessity for the many.

Nettie Wild
Canada
1998
93 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm

Director Nettie Wild and her Canadian/Mexican crew capture eight months in the life of the Zapatista National Liberation Army revolution in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Nathalie Berger and Leo David Hyde
New Zealand
2019
70 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:00pm

Call Me Intern calls attention to unpaid labour and new generation of activists who are organizing against, and even suing, some of their former employers.

Phyllis Ellis
Canada
2019
90 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm

Meet Mymy, a young medical student who measures her body’s chemical burden from over 27 different cosmetic products. With exclusive access to scientists, lawyers, and whistle-blowers, Toxic Beauty critically examines the global cosmetic industry.

Baljit Sangra
Canada
2019
85 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 9:00pm

A conservative Indo-Canadian family in small-town British Columbia must come to terms with a devastating secret: three sisters were sexually abused by an older relative beginning in their childhood years.

Various
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 7:00pm

Indigenous, Black and People of Colour communities are disproportionately underrepresented in all media. How do past images unearthed from personal and institutional archives come to shape new stories?

Various
Various
2017-2018
77 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:00pm

A series of shorts exploring displacement, migration, culture, language, history, and borders.

Tasha Hubbard
Canada
2019
98 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Few events in recent Canadian history have sparked as much media attention and outrage as the death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man who was murdered on a farm in rural Saskatchewan in 2016. Tasha Hubbard’s essential film follows his family’s fight for justice while casting an unflinching look at systemic racism in Canada.

Various
Various
2017-2019
65 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:15pm

A series of shorts exploring activist work related to healthcare, addiction, and immigration.

Rehad Desai
South Africa
2018
85 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

An unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that stormed onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education.

Various
Various
2018-2019
60 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:30pm

A series of shorts exploring Indigenous life across Turtle Island.

Isabelle Groc and Mike McKinlay
Canada
2017
76 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Every summer, thousands of fingernail-sized Western toads cover a rural road in the community of Ryder Lake in Chilliwack, British Columbia. When the toadlets migrate from their breeding ground in the wetlands into the forest, many never make it to the other side of the road.

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
China/US
2019
85 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Weaving her personal experience with archival propaganda and testimonies, Nanfu Wang reveals the human rights violations and trauma caused by the Chinese government’s one-child policy.

Hassan Fazili and Emelie Mahdavian
US/Qatar/Canada/UK
2019
87 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:00pm

Arresting and unique, Midnight Traveler is at once an intimate study of displacement as well as a compelling road movie. The journey of the Afghani Fazili family begins in Tajikistan, where a long wait has resulted in the rejection of their asylum claim.

Hepi Mita
New Zealand
2018
87 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30pm

Directed by her youngest son Hepi Mita, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is a tender posthumous tribute to his mother’s life and career. A notorious agitator, her films bear witness to the injustice Māori people face in New Zealand, providing a voice for Māori people and especially for Māori women.