History and Culture

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
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
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
Maciek Bochniak | 
Poland/Germany |
 2017 | 
70 minutes

In the late 1960s, record store owner-turned-music producer Amha Eshete noticed something strange—there was no Ethiopian music being produced and sold in his country. Herein began the birth of recorded Ethiopian music, imbued with the flavours of funk, soul and jazz.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30pm
Heather Lenz | 
US |
 2018 | 
80 minutes

At age 88, Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most successful living artists and one of the top-selling female artists in history. For those unfamiliar with her prolific body of work, her gargantuan polka dot paintings, phallic soft sculptures, and nude performance anti-war protests cleverly straddle pop art and the avant-garde. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00pm
Teresa Alfeld | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
90 minutes

In Vancouver, politics are anything but boring. The year is 1986. Expo 86 has just ended and affordability is at the top of everyone’s mind. Harry Rankin, World War II veteran, criminal lawyer, city councillor, and outspoken socialist decides to run for mayor against a young upstart named Gordon Campbell.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 3:00pm