2018 Festival Schedule

2018 Festival Schedule

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DOXA presents films that have not been seen by Consumer Protection BC. Under BC law, anyone wishing to attend the festival must be a member of The Documentary Media Society and 18 years of age or older, unless otherwise noted. With your membership ($2), you are entitled to attend any screening in 2018, provided you show your membership card. Memberships are available at venues during the festival or with your online ticket purchase. Online ticket sales end 2 hours prior to the screening. Tickets are available at DOXA venues during the festival. If advance tickets are sold out, a limited number of rush tickets may be available at the theatre 10-15 minutes before the film. For more info about tickets, click here.

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Thursday, May 3rd

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

Friday, May 4th

Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
50 minutes

In the untouched bourgeois house invaded by swallows and dust, Jacquotte wanders through her childhood. Toys, paintings, stuffed animals, clothes and old umbrellas—how could she ever throw away all this memorabilia? Year after year, she takes inventory and saves her past until it is “saved for eternity.”

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:00pm
Nitesh Anjaan | 
Denmark |
 2017 | 
58 minutes

The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is read by millions of fans around the world who know his prose only through the art of translators. The challenge of translating from one language to another is more than simple accuracy, it’s a call to immerse oneself in another worldview and to convey that experience to a reader.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:45pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 6:15pm
Julie Bertuccelli | 
France |
 2016 | 
84 minutes

At almost age 30, Hélène Nicolas can’t speak or hold a pen, and she never learned to read or write. It wasn’t until she was 20 years old that her mother Véronique discovered Hélène was able to communicate by arranging laminated letters on a board. Taking the pen name Babouillec Sp, this severely autistic young woman began producing poetry and novels, and is now collaborating with a theatre director to adapt her work for the stage.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 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

Saturday, May 5th

Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
104 minutes

In his small apartment, an old bachelor talks frankly with an uncomplaining humour about the difficulties in his life, his erratic romances with street girls, and his hope to repeat the 20,000 Euros he once won. “Unhappy in love, happy in games,” he says. As the years go by, he hides nothing from Cavalier’s camera including his invasive OCD rituals of cleanliness and security. Sometimes he feels he is on the verge of losing it, but somehow he copes.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Mercedes Dominioni | 
Uruguay |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Sixteen-year-old Juan has a passion for creating amateur telenovelas. His partner in crime is his 97-year-old grandmother Rosa, who is fully involved in the creative process and often plays the role of the villain. Juan has Asperger syndrome and his grandmother is dealing with her own health issues, but in spite of this the pair are dedicated to their shared creations, plotting out scenes, undertaking character development, and writing (often wildly obscene) dialogue.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Leon Lee | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

Filmed largely in secret, and incorporating striking animated sequences, Letter from Masanjia uncovers the reality of China’s police state and the true meaning behind the ominous phrase “re-education through labour". Following his Peabody Award-winning exposé Human Harvest, director Leon Lee continues to expose human rights abuses in China with this message in a bottle thriller.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:00pm
Marie Dumora | 
France |
 2017 | 
107 minutes

As a film portrait, Belinda is a remarkable achievement. Foregoing a sentimental approach, it is a warts-and-all look at prejudice, intolerance, and marginalization in French society through the experience of one young woman.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:15pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
Sophie Bredier | 
France |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

An anonymous woman remembers her first glimpse of the Château Bénouville in Normandy, a home for unwed mothers, who came to wait out their pregnancies, and give birth in secret. As one of the nurses who worked at the Château recalls, young women were often convinced to abandon their newborn babies and hide their pregnancies for fear of bringing shame on their families.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
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
Maxim Pozdorovkin | 
US/Russia |
 2018 | 
78 minutes

The film recounts how, over the past 20 years, Vladimir Putin has systematically eliminated and discredited Russian independent media, replacing it with a centrally controlled broadcast system that has little regard for the truth.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
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
Stuart Swezey | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

Before Burning Man, Coachella, or Lollapalooza, there was the Desolation Center.A far cry from the alt-chic and nouveau riche nature of its many successors, the “desert shows” put on by the anarchist group were not so much festivals, but gathering grounds for punks and other outcasts who found themselves in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:15pm
Shevaun Mizrahi | 
US/Turkey/Netherlands |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary. The residents spend their days taking elevator rides to nowhere, and remembering better, more interesting days. One elderly man recounts the Parisian sex parties of his youth, while another talks about his glory days as a photographer.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
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

Understanding the advent of new delivery platforms, the world of licensing and clearances, and what constitutes "public domain" or "fair dealing" in Canada can help reduce your production costs and avoid last minute surprises. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:30pm

Sunday, May 6th

Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
104 minutes

No. 4 Philippe

"In the morning, Philippe Labro, with his team around a table, prepares his four interviews for that afternoon. An actor, a writer, a theatre actor, and a boxer. Each is filmed in the studio in a single 28-minute take with tracking shots and mirror effects. No room for mistakes. This is high level sport.” -ALAIN CAVALIER

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 12:00pm
Michèle Smolkin | 
France |
 2017 | 
60 minutes

Director Michèle Smolkin illustrates her uncle’s anecdotes through charming animation, archival footage, and a buoyant score. But the real star of the film is the timeless art of storytelling. As Sam remembers his childhood and teenage years, his experience as an army gunner during the war, and working with the French Resistance, the film becomes more than just a portrait of one man’s life and times.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:15pm
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
Anna Frances Ewert | 
Ireland/Germany |
 2017 | 
57 minutes

This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Talal Derki | 
Germany/Syria/Lebanon |
 2017 | 
98 minutes

What Derki’s footage reveals is complex and human: the power of religious zeal and radical fundamentalism, but also the love of a father for his sons. As Abu-Osama’s two oldest sons Osama and Ayman reach young adulthood, they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:45pm
Alison McAlpine | 
Canada/Chile |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Cielo is a personal story about the celestial realm, as well as an investigation into the human mind and spirit. In a remote region of Chile, Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine immerses herself amongst people who watch the sky. Some are there for the stars and planetary bodies, others just happen to live nearby in the harshly beautiful valleys, mountains, and deserts.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:30pm
Ruth Zylberman | 
France |
 2017 | 
103 minutes

Through detailed drawings, architectural maquettes, photos, and tiny replicas of furniture, Zylberman reconstructs the histories of the people who called the apartment block located on 209 rue Saint-Maur home.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:45pm
Yony Leyser | 
Germany |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution is a story about music, sexuality, and politics that is not afraid to ask the hard questions. Has gay culture lost its roots and vitality by trying to be like mainstream society? 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 7:45pm
Lonnie Nadler | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
87 minutes

Superhero and fantasy comics often depict women in gratuitous sexy poses, sprinkled in manic pixie dream girl fairy dust. However, the characters in Rat Queens, despite being created by two men, have agency—they are queer, diverse, and weird. Outcasts or not, they fight the good fight, beat up “the bad guys” and sometimes slay the dragon, or at least come to an understanding. Nadler’s documentary actively contends with the idea that we are all composite creations of our mistakes and our accomplishments.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
Penny Lane | 
US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Mauro Maugeri | 
Italy |
 2018 | 
14 minutes

Director Mauro Maugeri captures the celebratory moments shared by a small Italian community that include boat racing, nightly bonfires, and even Madonna and Child sailing forth amidst a flotilla of revelers! -MB

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm

Are you a documentary filmmaker, a journalist, or both? How do you balance crafting an emotionally moving story with rigorous investigative work? This session will address the blurred lines between these methodologies, reflecting on the role of documentary journalism in a rapidly transforming media landscape.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 10:00am

Whether it is for the digital space or TV, short films have unprecedented funding and distribution opportunities. Our panel of decision-makers will discuss their distribution strategies and financing opportunities for short form content in BC.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 11:45am

Sound is an essential yet often overlooked element in documentary. This panel will explore how a successful collaboration between a director, an editor, a sound designer and a composer can enhance the narrative, atmosphere, and emotional depth of your film.

 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 2:00pm

From in depth testimonies of Eastern-Europe dissidents to the memory of a great French publisher in his glorious 90's, or that of the whole population of a Parisian building, how do you grab past and memory in a cinematic way?

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Monday, May 7th

Sophie Bredier | 
France |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

An anonymous woman remembers her first glimpse of the Château Bénouville in Normandy, a home for unwed mothers, who came to wait out their pregnancies, and give birth in secret. As one of the nurses who worked at the Château recalls, young women were often convinced to abandon their newborn babies and hide their pregnancies for fear of bringing shame on their families.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
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
Alison McAlpine | 
Canada/Chile |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Cielo is a personal story about the celestial realm, as well as an investigation into the human mind and spirit. In a remote region of Chile, Canadian filmmaker Alison McAlpine immerses herself amongst people who watch the sky. Some are there for the stars and planetary bodies, others just happen to live nearby in the harshly beautiful valleys, mountains, and deserts.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:30pm
Ruth Zylberman | 
France |
 2017 | 
103 minutes

Through detailed drawings, architectural maquettes, photos, and tiny replicas of furniture, Zylberman reconstructs the histories of the people who called the apartment block located on 209 rue Saint-Maur home.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 6:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 8:45pm
Toia Bonino | 
Argentina |
 2017 | 
67 minutes

In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Zaheed Mawani | 
Canada/Kyrgyzstan |
 2018 | 
69 minutes

Each September, Bolot Tagaev and his family practice a centuries old tradition, harvesting walnuts in one of the oldest walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan. Over the course of a single season, director Zaheed Mawani gracefully captures delicate sequences such as a child interacting with a snake, or sacks of walnuts being laid gently across an attic bed. Stories attached to the forest are told and retold over the fire at night, adding a mythic dimension.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
Thomas Fürhapter | 
Austria |
 2017 | 
75 minutes

The Third Option takes an encompassing look at the ethics and implications of prenatal screenings, as well as the decisions that follow should the results be considered ‘abnormal’. The weight of these philosophical questions is given plenty of room to breathe in Thomas Fürhapter’s visually striking film essay.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:45pm
Bing Liu | 
US |
 2018 | 
93 minutes

Bing Liu focuses his camera on his tight-knit group of skateboarding friends in this deeply personal study of young adulthood, offering insight on the construction of masculinity, and its relationship to cycles of violence.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm
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

For documentary makers, creating a film about their family can be a complex exercise. A growing landscape of personal nonfiction films reveals that some of the most daring work is coming out of this documentary subgenre. 

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:00am

Tuesday, May 8th

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
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
Penny Lane | 
US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Using found footage and YouTube testimonials, The Pain of Others examines Morgellons, a mysterious illness that many medical professionals are quick to dismiss as a delusional or psychogenic disorder. But thousands of people around the world claim they have the syndrome, including singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:45pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
Zaheed Mawani | 
Canada/Kyrgyzstan |
 2018 | 
69 minutes

Each September, Bolot Tagaev and his family practice a centuries old tradition, harvesting walnuts in one of the oldest walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan. Over the course of a single season, director Zaheed Mawani gracefully captures delicate sequences such as a child interacting with a snake, or sacks of walnuts being laid gently across an attic bed. Stories attached to the forest are told and retold over the fire at night, adding a mythic dimension.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 4:30pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:30pm
Bing Liu | 
US |
 2018 | 
93 minutes

Bing Liu focuses his camera on his tight-knit group of skateboarding friends in this deeply personal study of young adulthood, offering insight on the construction of masculinity, and its relationship to cycles of violence.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:00pm
Håvard Bustnes | 
Norway |
 2017 | 
94 minutes

The rise of the far right in Europe is a puzzling, terrifying phenomenon. Norwegian filmmaker Håvard Bustnes arrived in Greece to uncover why the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party has become a legitimate political option for a significant percentage of Greek voters. The result is bizarre, chilling, and more than a little mesmerizing.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:45pm
Amar Chebib | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
89 minutes

After the trauma, turmoil, and dislocation of war, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal? In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe, and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
45 minutes

Originally created to protect the Green Bank Radio Telescope from terrestrial radio transmissions, the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is home to a community of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4:30pm
Joële Walinga | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
70 minutes

God Straightens Legs is a film about details, and the way that they embed inside of us during moments of terrible grief and sadness. The emotion that runs underneath, like an underground river, rises up, and clings to the mundane, investing it with a curious and irrevocable form of grace, that is, in itself, miraculous.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:30pm
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

Wednesday, May 9th

Maxim Pozdorovkin | 
US/Russia |
 2018 | 
78 minutes

The film recounts how, over the past 20 years, Vladimir Putin has systematically eliminated and discredited Russian independent media, replacing it with a centrally controlled broadcast system that has little regard for the truth.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm
Thomas Fürhapter | 
Austria |
 2017 | 
75 minutes

The Third Option takes an encompassing look at the ethics and implications of prenatal screenings, as well as the decisions that follow should the results be considered ‘abnormal’. The weight of these philosophical questions is given plenty of room to breathe in Thomas Fürhapter’s visually striking film essay.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:45pm
Elisa Gonzalez and Daniel Froidevaux | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
45 minutes

Originally created to protect the Green Bank Radio Telescope from terrestrial radio transmissions, the National Radio Quiet Zone in West Virginia, is home to a community of people who suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Wednesday, May 9, 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
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck | 
Germany/Brazil |
 2018 | 
88 minutes

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dormitory at Harvard in 2004, he meant the platform to be used as a tool to “share anything with anyone.” Little did he know just how far and fast the concept would spread. Social media has become an integral part of how we live our daily lives. From hot takes on the latest news item to images of what we ate for breakfast—we share, and we do it often.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:15pm
Jacopo Quadri | 
Italy |
 2017 | 
86 minutes

Lorello and Brunello are twin bachelor-brother farmers in Grosseto, Italy. In director Jacopo Quadri’s patiently observed study of their life and work, the gentle rhythms and cycles of nature cast an irrevocable spell. The Biondi Brothers are a taciturn pair, what we learn about them comes from an aged relative named Ultimina, who talks to the camera while collecting her mail. She adores her nephews, but not so much their hapless cousin Giuliano and his truant pigs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US |
 2016-2018 | 
74 minutes

In a journey through light, dust, and snow, this set of formally conscious films reflects on cinema’s ability to reveal histories hidden in physical environments.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:15pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:30pm
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 | 
Various |
 2013-2018 | 
67 minutes

Mixing net.art aesthetics with found footage, this collection of short films offers a refreshing, yet poignant critique of global capitalism and technology.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 8:30pm

Thursday, May 10th

Julie Bertuccelli | 
France |
 2016 | 
84 minutes

At almost age 30, Hélène Nicolas can’t speak or hold a pen, and she never learned to read or write. It wasn’t until she was 20 years old that her mother Véronique discovered Hélène was able to communicate by arranging laminated letters on a board. Taking the pen name Babouillec Sp, this severely autistic young woman began producing poetry and novels, and is now collaborating with a theatre director to adapt her work for the stage.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm
Marie Dumora | 
France |
 2017 | 
107 minutes

As a film portrait, Belinda is a remarkable achievement. Foregoing a sentimental approach, it is a warts-and-all look at prejudice, intolerance, and marginalization in French society through the experience of one young woman.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:15pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:00pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

In early 2016, President Donald Trump still seemed like a bad punchline, yet the angry roots of the movement that lifted him to power had already been formed. An early, unheeded sign of Middle America’s frustration came in January, when armed militants led by activist Ammon Bundy occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. The loosely organized right-wing militia was united by a shared hatred of what they perceived as tyranny and overreach by the federal government.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
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
Joële Walinga | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
70 minutes

God Straightens Legs is a film about details, and the way that they embed inside of us during moments of terrible grief and sadness. The emotion that runs underneath, like an underground river, rises up, and clings to the mundane, investing it with a curious and irrevocable form of grace, that is, in itself, miraculous.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:45pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:30pm
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
Kate Hickey | 
Australia/US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Roller Dreams is a fascinating and unexpected story of a utopian scene created by African Americans in the late 1970s. Roller skate dancing briefly blossomed into a genuine national craze, but when Hollywood represented the culture, it was white actors who played all the roles and white dancers who took the credit.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 7:15pm
Luiz Bolognesi | 
Brazil |
 2018 | 
81 minutes

The Paiter Suruí people, whose territory is located in the Brazilian Amazon, didn’t have contact with the outside world until the late 1960s. Since then their traditional way of life has been threatened by the encroachment of Western values, religion, medicine, and technology. Perpera, an elder who works as a doorman at the local church, recounts how he stopped his shamanism after the village priest denounced the practice as connected to the devil. But Perpera can still speak to the spirits of the forest, and when illness strikes, the community turns to him, seeking his ancestral knowledge.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:15pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi | 
Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

The four members of the Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) have autism or Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped them from representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm

Friday, May 11th

Talal Derki | 
Germany/Syria/Lebanon |
 2017 | 
98 minutes

What Derki’s footage reveals is complex and human: the power of religious zeal and radical fundamentalism, but also the love of a father for his sons. As Abu-Osama’s two oldest sons Osama and Ayman reach young adulthood, they face assimilation into the ranks of armed combat.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 5:30pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:45pm
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
Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck | 
Germany/Brazil |
 2018 | 
88 minutes

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his dormitory at Harvard in 2004, he meant the platform to be used as a tool to “share anything with anyone.” Little did he know just how far and fast the concept would spread. Social media has become an integral part of how we live our daily lives. From hot takes on the latest news item to images of what we ate for breakfast—we share, and we do it often.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 9:15pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US |
 2016-2018 | 
74 minutes

In a journey through light, dust, and snow, this set of formally conscious films reflects on cinema’s ability to reveal histories hidden in physical environments.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:15pm
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 2:30pm
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
Various Directors | 
Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China |
  2011-2014 | 
79 minutes

In The Palyul Elementary School, a teacher named Palden Nyandrak offers us a close look his pupil’s daily life — from the classroom to the playground. Yak Dung explores how manure provides everything from heat and light to children’s toys and Buddhist figurines.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 6:00pm
Georg Koszulinski | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
86 minutes

White Ravens takes us on a remarkable journey to a place of astonishing beauty, but the film maintains its focus on the people who call this extraordinary place home. Their dedication and deep ties to the land give them the strength to fight a Herculean battle. The film shows that the fight is not over for the Haida people, nor for other Indigenous people all over the world.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US/Spain/Germany |
 2017-2018 | 
88 minutes

This selection of short films explores the multilayered effects of displacement through a variety of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous-centred stories.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Brent Hodge | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Funny, vulnerable, and deeply affectionate, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary offers a balance of nostalgia and dissection in examining what makes a show good versus what makes a show successful.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Alain Cavalier | 
France |
 2017 | 
52 minutes

In his tiny shop, Léon strips, cuts, glues, nails, polishes, and sometimes grabs a quick nap. More than a cobbler, he is the secret soul of the place.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:30pm

Saturday, May 12th

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
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
Stuart Swezey | 
US |
 2017 | 
92 minutes

Before Burning Man, Coachella, or Lollapalooza, there was the Desolation Center.A far cry from the alt-chic and nouveau riche nature of its many successors, the “desert shows” put on by the anarchist group were not so much festivals, but gathering grounds for punks and other outcasts who found themselves in Los Angeles in the early 1980s.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:15pm
Toia Bonino | 
Argentina |
 2017 | 
67 minutes

In a quaint, tidy apartment, a woman is preparing a child’s themed cake from scratch. In voice-over, she candidly talks about the fate of her son Alejandro “Ale” Robles. Ale became a gang member in the neighbourhood of Don Orione in Buenos Aires, only to be killed by a police bullet. Orione weaves together disparate elements and narrative threads, to paint a disquieting portrait of Argentinean society spilling over with contradictions and irreconcilable truths.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 2:45pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Amar Chebib | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
89 minutes

After the trauma, turmoil, and dislocation of war, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal? In 2010, Syrian-Canadian filmmaker Amar Chebib headed to Syria, just months before chaos broke out, to film a short documentary about traditional Sufi music. Five years later, the friends he encountered on his trip are dispersed around Europe, and have become refugees like so many others who were forced to flee Aleppo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 8:30pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Jacopo Quadri | 
Italy |
 2017 | 
86 minutes

Lorello and Brunello are twin bachelor-brother farmers in Grosseto, Italy. In director Jacopo Quadri’s patiently observed study of their life and work, the gentle rhythms and cycles of nature cast an irrevocable spell. The Biondi Brothers are a taciturn pair, what we learn about them comes from an aged relative named Ultimina, who talks to the camera while collecting her mail. She adores her nephews, but not so much their hapless cousin Giuliano and his truant pigs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 6:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Luiz Bolognesi | 
Brazil |
 2018 | 
81 minutes

The Paiter Suruí people, whose territory is located in the Brazilian Amazon, didn’t have contact with the outside world until the late 1960s. Since then their traditional way of life has been threatened by the encroachment of Western values, religion, medicine, and technology. Perpera, an elder who works as a doorman at the local church, recounts how he stopped his shamanism after the village priest denounced the practice as connected to the devil. But Perpera can still speak to the spirits of the forest, and when illness strikes, the community turns to him, seeking his ancestral knowledge.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:15pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Georg Koszulinski | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
86 minutes

White Ravens takes us on a remarkable journey to a place of astonishing beauty, but the film maintains its focus on the people who call this extraordinary place home. Their dedication and deep ties to the land give them the strength to fight a Herculean battle. The film shows that the fight is not over for the Haida people, nor for other Indigenous people all over the world.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:00pm
Various Directors | 
Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China |
 2013-2017 | 
82 minutes

Whether it’s examining local wildlife or observing the interaction between locals and tourists, this group of short films reflect on the shifting realities of the environment and economy.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 12:00pm
Various Directors | 
Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China |
 2018 | 
83 minutes

From New Year rituals and teenage pilgrimages to the life of ants and campus culture at the Gyaltsen Tibetan College, this collection of short films offers a poetic look at the everyday life of contemporary Tibetans.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 2:30pm
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

Sunday, May 13th

Nitesh Anjaan | 
Denmark |
 2017 | 
58 minutes

The Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is read by millions of fans around the world who know his prose only through the art of translators. The challenge of translating from one language to another is more than simple accuracy, it’s a call to immerse oneself in another worldview and to convey that experience to a reader.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:45pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 6:15pm
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
Mercedes Dominioni | 
Uruguay |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

Sixteen-year-old Juan has a passion for creating amateur telenovelas. His partner in crime is his 97-year-old grandmother Rosa, who is fully involved in the creative process and often plays the role of the villain. Juan has Asperger syndrome and his grandmother is dealing with her own health issues, but in spite of this the pair are dedicated to their shared creations, plotting out scenes, undertaking character development, and writing (often wildly obscene) dialogue.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Shevaun Mizrahi | 
US/Turkey/Netherlands |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary. The residents spend their days taking elevator rides to nowhere, and remembering better, more interesting days. One elderly man recounts the Parisian sex parties of his youth, while another talks about his glory days as a photographer.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
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
Anna Frances Ewert | 
Ireland/Germany |
 2017 | 
57 minutes

This delicate study of seven monks living at a remote Irish monastery achieves a rare level of intimacy. Through the patient observation of daily routines—chapel prayers, tending livestock, and watching televised soccer matches—the film becomes a document of daily life, in its sweetness and truth.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Lonnie Nadler | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
87 minutes

Superhero and fantasy comics often depict women in gratuitous sexy poses, sprinkled in manic pixie dream girl fairy dust. However, the characters in Rat Queens, despite being created by two men, have agency—they are queer, diverse, and weird. Outcasts or not, they fight the good fight, beat up “the bad guys” and sometimes slay the dragon, or at least come to an understanding. Nadler’s documentary actively contends with the idea that we are all composite creations of our mistakes and our accomplishments.

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
Kate Hickey | 
Australia/US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

Roller Dreams is a fascinating and unexpected story of a utopian scene created by African Americans in the late 1970s. Roller skate dancing briefly blossomed into a genuine national craze, but when Hollywood represented the culture, it was white actors who played all the roles and white dancers who took the credit.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 7:15pm
Jukka Kärkkäinen and J-P Passi | 
Finland/Denmark/Norway/Sweden |
 2017 | 
97 minutes

The four members of the Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät (PKN) have autism or Down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped them from representing Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Various Directors | 
Canada/US/Spain/Germany |
 2017-2018 | 
88 minutes

This selection of short films explores the multilayered effects of displacement through a variety of refugee, immigrant, and Indigenous-centred stories.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
Brent Hodge | 
Canada/US |
 2018 | 
71 minutes

Funny, vulnerable, and deeply affectionate, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary offers a balance of nostalgia and dissection in examining what makes a show good versus what makes a show successful.

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 8:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 8:00pm
Andres Ibañez and Alejandro Diaz | 
Mexico |
 2017 | 
70 minutes

What would you think is more shocking: a one-dollar cup of coffee or a six-dollar cup of coffee? All operators of the coffee industry agree on the answer: a one-dollar cup of coffee shouldn’t even be a reality. Unfortunately, as the film demonstrates, this is the only thing they can agree on.

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
Mauro Maugeri | 
Italy |
 2018 | 
14 minutes

Director Mauro Maugeri captures the celebratory moments shared by a small Italian community that include boat racing, nightly bonfires, and even Madonna and Child sailing forth amidst a flotilla of revelers! -MB

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 2:30pm
Robert Greene | 
US |
 2018 | 
118 minutes

In 1917, nearly two-thousand immigrant miners from Bisbee, Arizona went on strike for better wages and safer working conditions. 

“The result is a singularly American riff on The Act of Killing, a fascinating and dream-like mosaic that’s less driven by residual anger than by cockeyed concern, less interested in exhuming the past than in revealing its value to the present.” - INDIEWIRE

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 6:00pm

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