Family Life

Family Life

Claire Simon
France
2018
100 minutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:45pm

At a high school in Ivry, on the outskirts of Paris, Claire Simon films pairs or groups of kids finding quiet spaces like the school roof, a schoolyard bench, or an empty hallway to talk about their families, fears, relationships, and dreams.

Kelly O'Brien
Canada
85 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:30pm

A live documentary performance that combines the collective sharing of one’s personal life — now habitual on social media — with the 20th century tradition of a family slideshow to unearth the poetry found within the everyday.

Reetta Huhtanen
Finland
2019
73 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00pm

The Molenbeek district of Brussels is oft-seen as contentious and brimming with unrest when spoken about in the media, but director Reetta Huhtanen deliberately captures the neighbourhood through a more innocent set of eyes. Meet Aatos and Amine, 6-year-old best friends living in the same building block who share an exuberant imagination.

Jeanie Finlay
UK
2019
90 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 2:15pm

Freddy is 30 years old and yearns to start a family. For him, this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges. He is a gay transgender man, and the decision to carry his own baby required years of soul searching.

Naomi Mark
Canada
2019
82 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:30pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 2:30pm

Documentarian Naomi Mark returns home to the Yukon to learn the craft of beekeeping from her father, Don Mark. Seasons change along with Don’s health, making the relationship between father, daughter, and bees grow all the more important.

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.

Amy Jenkins
US
2018
95 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:00pm

Instructions on Parting is an intimate portrait of the filmmaker’s own life and of those dearest to her as they deal with marriage, childbirth, and three cancer diagnoses in her immediate family.

Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside
USA
2018
76 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

When their father is jailed for allegedly neglecting his eponymous 93-year-old mother, grandsons Rodrigo, Bruno, and Diego reunite to care for her.

Nelleke Koop
Netherlands
2019
58 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

What does it mean to be the person responsible for a parent’s care? Nelleke Koop follows three women who care for their aging mothers with dementia while balancing jobs and other family obligations.

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.

Nadia Shihab
US/Kuwait
2018
90 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:15pm

Over a five-year collection of visits to her childhood home in the West Texas town of Lubbock, Nadia Shihab explores questions of identity in diaspora through the life and work of her visual artist mother.

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.