History and Culture

History and Culture

Mosco Levi Boucault
126 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Expert documentarian Mosco Levi Boucault studies the logic of the 1978 Moro affair from within the Red Brigades organization, through in-depth testimonies by four members of the command who organized Moro’s kidnapping to demand the release of 13 imprisoned revolutionary fighters.

Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe
90 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

Features disarmingly honest musings from Lightfoot himself, as well as astonishing archival footage which captures him during his earliest days of performing, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind provides an illuminating and emotional glimpse into the personality and behind-the-scenes life of a Canadian legend.

Reetta Huhtanen
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.

Martina Melilli
66 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:30pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:30pm

Martina is a visual artist living in Italy. Mahmoud is a nuclear engineering student living in Libya. An unlikely friendship develops between the two when Martina becomes interested in documenting her grandparents’ history in Tripoli, where they lived before fleeing the country as a result of Muammar Gaddafi’s 1970 coup d’état.

Christina Tynkevych
85 minutes
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

This potent study of a group of millennials provides a unique view of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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?

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

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

Tasha Hubbard
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.

63 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 6:00pm

Part of Longing and Belonging: 1990s South Asian Film and Video, this series of shorts includes Surviving Sabu and The Dreams of the Night Cleaners.

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

A series of shorts exploring Indigenous life across Turtle Island.

74 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:00pm

Part of Longing and Belonging: 1990s South Asian Film and Video, this series of shorts includes The Wild Woman in the Woods, Bolo! Bolo!, and Coconut/Cane & Cutlass.

Ian Soroka
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.

Larry Weinstein
92 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 8:30pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 12:00pm

Propaganda has been harnessed as a powerful weapon to shape worldviews through compelling images and narratives. In an era of fake news and alternative facts, director Larry Weinstein asks the question: How do we know what we know?

Ali Kazimi
56 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:00pm

Shooting Indians begins with Ali Kazimi, a newly arrived student in Canada, unraveling the hidden history of the land he has chosen as his new home after taking interest in the career of his friend and colleague, Iroquois photographer Jeffrey Thomas.

Giovanni Donfrancesco
159 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Giovanni Donfrancesco’s extensive portrait of Piero Bonamico gives flesh to one of the darkest hours of Italian history. This perpetrator’s narrative of rising tension, violence and remorse is a journey down the winding road of memory that speaks eerily to the present day.

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
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
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.

Hepi Mita
New Zealand
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.