Schedule

Schedule

A Place Called Chiapas

Basileus: The School of Kings (Basileus, la scuola dei re)

Berlusconi: The Mondadori Affair (Berlusconi, Affaire Mondadori)

Desire: Shorts Program

Diaspora: Shorts Program

Everything Must Fall

Expositions: Shorts Program

Front Lines: Shorts Program

Greetings From Free Forests

In the Claws of a Century Wanting

Instructions on Parting

'Ndrangheta: A Mafia of Business and Blood ('Ndrangheta, une mafia d'affaires et de sang)

Scenes from Turtle Island: Shorts Program

Shooting Indians: A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas

The Resolute (Il Risoluto)

They Were the Red Brigades (Ils étaient les Brigades Rouges)

Young Solitude (Premières solitudes)

Home Made Visible - Free Screening

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

Sensitivity on Screen

Mapping the Funding Landscape

A Matter of Access with Mosco Levi Boucault

DOC BC Industry Reception

Focus On: Indigenous Women in Documentary

Mastering Your Festival Launch with Sean Farnel

Demystifying 360/VR: A Work-in-Progress Case Study

Corradino Durruti
France
2008
90 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 4:30pm

A unique and thrilling investigation with multiple twists and turns, Corradino Durruti’s film serves as a chilling study of the morals and mores of both the Italian police and of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal network with tentacles reaching deep into the corporate and political worlds.

Emmanuelle Antille
Switzerland
2018
94 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

A Bright Light: Karen and the Process follows three women on an oneiric road trip as they trace folk musician Karen Dalton's movements across the American landscape back to Woodstock.

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.

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.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
US
2019
115 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

A post-Fordist drama that provides a gripping and often humorous insider-look at cultural differences between workers, with a sharp-eyed examination of shifting power in the global economy, American Factory follows the revival of an industrial plant in Dayton, Ohio after Fuyao, a Chinese automotive glass company, takes over.

Alessandro Marinelli
Italy
2018
78 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:30pm

For one year, director Alessandro Marinelli and his team follow the students of a school in a disenfranchised suburb of Rome.

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.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2008
52 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Four years later, Berlusconi is charged with corruption.

Heddy Honigmann
Netherlands
2018
86 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

In Buddy, veteran Dutch director Heddy Honigmann crafts a heartwarming exploration of the dog-human bond, celebrating the extraordinary skills of service dogs and how they support the physical and emotional health of their companions.

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.

Sheona McDonald
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:45pm

Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle is known to many as the “godmother of feminist porn.” Director Sheona McDonald goes beyond the headlines to craft a layered portrait of the woman behind the icon, capturing Vadala in her sixties when, confronted with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti
Italy
2018
57 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

A remote Sicilian reception centre for unaccompanied migrant minors is about to close, and six teenagers are left awaiting the decision that will seal their fate.

Joseph Hillel
Canada
2018
80 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

City Dreamers offers a glimpse into the careers of four trailblazing urban architects of the 20th century: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown. Each of the four boasts an impressive and decades-long career in shaping urban spaces.

Miguel Eek
Spain
2019
56 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00pm

Existential water cooler talk and gallows humour is standard for cemetery workers as they prepare bodies and remove old caskets from tombs, while playfully discussing the afterlife, armageddon, and the benefits of cremation. Director Miguel Eek asks us to abandon sentimentality in order to ponder the more functional aspects of death.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

Julien Elie
Canada
2018
154 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:45pm

There is a crisis in Mexico. While headlines that sensationalize drug cartels and glorify bosses like El Chapo hint at the problem, Julien Elie’s epic Dark Suns reveals the terrifying extent of the violence and its consequences.

Various
Canada
1991-1994
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.

Various
Canada
1995-1998
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.

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Iceland
2019
73 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

For the past 25 years, Snorri Magnusson has operated an infant swim class pushing the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of. More than just a swim class, Snorri offers a sense of connection and community for new families navigating the beginnings of parenthood.

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

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

Nicolás Molina
Chile
2018
82 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A meditative journey along two rivers — the Ganges in India, and the Biobío in Chile — that serves as a junction between two similar but distinct ways of life.

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.

Christina Tynkevych
Ukraine
2019
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.

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.

Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe
Canada
2019
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.

Ian Soroka
US/Slovenia/Croatia
2018
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.

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?

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.

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.

Shannon Walsh
Canada
2019
87 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

Resilience in the face of disaster is at the heart of Shannon Walsh’s expansive study. Shot across five different countries, Walsh introduces us to five courageous women, each encountering their own form of crisis. 

Jewel Maranan
Philippines
2017
120 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker Jewel Maranan follows the plight of four families living in the impoverished Manilan district of Tondo as the government forces their resettlement, casting a critical look at the everyday violence that precedes the construction of a globalized city.

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.

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.

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
Chile/Germany
2018
78 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Daily life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile, is unremarkable, but as this wonderfully original film unfolds, we become aware that human affairs — of street cleaners, small-time drug dealers, and skateboarders — are incidental to the real story here. The stars of this film are its two canine subjects — Football and Chola.

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.

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.

Stanley Nelson
US/UK
2019
115 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tracks the artist’s history from his affluent upbringing as the son of a prominent Illinois dentist, through his training at Julliard in New York, and on to the truly remarkable records and performances which defined his apex years of creativity from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s. Fans of Davis will revel in watching never-before-seen footage and learning more about the complex man behind his canonical body of music.

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.

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
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.

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.

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.

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

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.

Larry Weinstein
Canada
2019
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?

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.

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

A series of shorts exploring Indigenous life across Turtle Island.

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.

Ali Kazimi
Canada
1997
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.

Paul Émile D’Entremont
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

In both amateur and professional sports, being gay remains taboo. Standing on the Line looks at the experiences of LGBTQ+ athletes in Canada who set out to overcome prejudice.

Enrico Maisto
Italy
2017
57 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Randomly selected by a computer, 60 apprehensive common citizens take their places in the courtroom of the Milan Assize Court of Appeal, which tries Italy’s most notorious criminals. 

Brett Story
Canada/US
2019
92 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:45pm

It’s August in New York City and the otherwise warm and inviting cityscape is permeated by an undercurrent of unease. Climate change, unemployment, race and class tensions, and loss of community — Brett Story’s simple questions of the New Yorkers she encounters around the different boroughs reveal that these issues are on everyone’s lips, and the languid summer moments feel like the quiet before a great storm.

Giovanni Donfrancesco
Italy/France
2017
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.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2011
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.

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.

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.

Brent Hodge
Canada
2019
70 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

To the majority of people alive and breathing in the year 2000, Who Let The Dogs Out? is the name of a massively popular radio hit by the flash-in-the-pan group Baha Men. To artist Ben Sisto, it is a philosophical question that challenges accepted notions of authorship and creative ownership.

Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog
Norway/Greenland/Denmark
2019
77 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

When the small remote town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, is chosen as the site for American aluminum company ALCOA’s new smelting plant, the locals wait with bated breath for construction to begin.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nicolás Molina
Chile
2018
82 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A meditative journey along two rivers — the Ganges in India, and the Biobío in Chile — that serves as a junction between two similar but distinct ways of life.

Emmanuelle Antille
Switzerland
2018
94 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

A Bright Light: Karen and the Process follows three women on an oneiric road trip as they trace folk musician Karen Dalton's movements across the American landscape back to Woodstock.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2008
52 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Four years later, Berlusconi is charged with corruption.

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.

Miguel Eek
Spain
2019
56 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00pm

Existential water cooler talk and gallows humour is standard for cemetery workers as they prepare bodies and remove old caskets from tombs, while playfully discussing the afterlife, armageddon, and the benefits of cremation. Director Miguel Eek asks us to abandon sentimentality in order to ponder the more functional aspects of death.

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.

Enrico Maisto
Italy
2017
57 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Randomly selected by a computer, 60 apprehensive common citizens take their places in the courtroom of the Milan Assize Court of Appeal, which tries Italy’s most notorious criminals. 

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2011
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.

Sheona McDonald
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:45pm

Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle is known to many as the “godmother of feminist porn.” Director Sheona McDonald goes beyond the headlines to craft a layered portrait of the woman behind the icon, capturing Vadala in her sixties when, confronted with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

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.

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe
Canada
2019
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.

Brett Story
Canada/US
2019
92 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:45pm

It’s August in New York City and the otherwise warm and inviting cityscape is permeated by an undercurrent of unease. Climate change, unemployment, race and class tensions, and loss of community — Brett Story’s simple questions of the New Yorkers she encounters around the different boroughs reveal that these issues are on everyone’s lips, and the languid summer moments feel like the quiet before a great storm.

Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog
Norway/Greenland/Denmark
2019
77 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

When the small remote town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, is chosen as the site for American aluminum company ALCOA’s new smelting plant, the locals wait with bated breath for construction to begin.

Heddy Honigmann
Netherlands
2018
86 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

In Buddy, veteran Dutch director Heddy Honigmann crafts a heartwarming exploration of the dog-human bond, celebrating the extraordinary skills of service dogs and how they support the physical and emotional health of their companions.

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.

Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti
Italy
2018
57 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

A remote Sicilian reception centre for unaccompanied migrant minors is about to close, and six teenagers are left awaiting the decision that will seal their fate.

Joseph Hillel
Canada
2018
80 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

City Dreamers offers a glimpse into the careers of four trailblazing urban architects of the 20th century: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown. Each of the four boasts an impressive and decades-long career in shaping urban spaces.

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.

Julien Elie
Canada
2018
154 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:45pm

There is a crisis in Mexico. While headlines that sensationalize drug cartels and glorify bosses like El Chapo hint at the problem, Julien Elie’s epic Dark Suns reveals the terrifying extent of the violence and its consequences.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

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.

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.

Corradino Durruti
France
2008
90 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 4:30pm

A unique and thrilling investigation with multiple twists and turns, Corradino Durruti’s film serves as a chilling study of the morals and mores of both the Italian police and of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal network with tentacles reaching deep into the corporate and political worlds.

Jewel Maranan
Philippines
2017
120 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker Jewel Maranan follows the plight of four families living in the impoverished Manilan district of Tondo as the government forces their resettlement, casting a critical look at the everyday violence that precedes the construction of a globalized city.

Shannon Walsh
Canada
2019
87 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

Resilience in the face of disaster is at the heart of Shannon Walsh’s expansive study. Shot across five different countries, Walsh introduces us to five courageous women, each encountering their own form of crisis. 

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
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.

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.

Christina Tynkevych
Ukraine
2019
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.

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?

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.

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

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

Paul Émile D’Entremont
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

In both amateur and professional sports, being gay remains taboo. Standing on the Line looks at the experiences of LGBTQ+ athletes in Canada who set out to overcome prejudice.

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Iceland
2019
73 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

For the past 25 years, Snorri Magnusson has operated an infant swim class pushing the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of. More than just a swim class, Snorri offers a sense of connection and community for new families navigating the beginnings of parenthood.

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.

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
Chile/Germany
2018
78 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Daily life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile, is unremarkable, but as this wonderfully original film unfolds, we become aware that human affairs — of street cleaners, small-time drug dealers, and skateboarders — are incidental to the real story here. The stars of this film are its two canine subjects — Football and Chola.

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.

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.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
US
2019
115 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

A post-Fordist drama that provides a gripping and often humorous insider-look at cultural differences between workers, with a sharp-eyed examination of shifting power in the global economy, American Factory follows the revival of an industrial plant in Dayton, Ohio after Fuyao, a Chinese automotive glass company, takes over.

Alessandro Marinelli
Italy
2018
78 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:30pm

For one year, director Alessandro Marinelli and his team follow the students of a school in a disenfranchised suburb of Rome.

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
Canada
1995-1998
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.

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.

Various
Canada
1991-1994
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
US/Slovenia/Croatia
2018
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
Canada
2019
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
Canada
1997
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.

Stanley Nelson
US/UK
2019
115 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tracks the artist’s history from his affluent upbringing as the son of a prominent Illinois dentist, through his training at Julliard in New York, and on to the truly remarkable records and performances which defined his apex years of creativity from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s. Fans of Davis will revel in watching never-before-seen footage and learning more about the complex man behind his canonical body of music.

Giovanni Donfrancesco
Italy/France
2017
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.

Brent Hodge
Canada
2019
70 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

To the majority of people alive and breathing in the year 2000, Who Let The Dogs Out? is the name of a massively popular radio hit by the flash-in-the-pan group Baha Men. To artist Ben Sisto, it is a philosophical question that challenges accepted notions of authorship and creative ownership.

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.

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.

Nicolás Molina
Chile
2018
82 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A meditative journey along two rivers — the Ganges in India, and the Biobío in Chile — that serves as a junction between two similar but distinct ways of life.

Emmanuelle Antille
Switzerland
2018
94 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

A Bright Light: Karen and the Process follows three women on an oneiric road trip as they trace folk musician Karen Dalton's movements across the American landscape back to Woodstock.

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.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2008
52 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

In 1987, the sudden death of the head of Italy’s largest publishing house triggered a battle of succession between two of the country’s most aggressive businessmen: Silvio Berlusconi and Carlo De Benedetti. Four years later, Berlusconi is charged with corruption.

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.

Miguel Eek
Spain
2019
56 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00pm

Existential water cooler talk and gallows humour is standard for cemetery workers as they prepare bodies and remove old caskets from tombs, while playfully discussing the afterlife, armageddon, and the benefits of cremation. Director Miguel Eek asks us to abandon sentimentality in order to ponder the more functional aspects of death.

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.

Enrico Maisto
Italy
2017
57 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Randomly selected by a computer, 60 apprehensive common citizens take their places in the courtroom of the Milan Assize Court of Appeal, which tries Italy’s most notorious criminals. 

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2011
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.

Sheona McDonald
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:45pm

Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle is known to many as the “godmother of feminist porn.” Director Sheona McDonald goes beyond the headlines to craft a layered portrait of the woman behind the icon, capturing Vadala in her sixties when, confronted with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

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.

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe
Canada
2019
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.

Brett Story
Canada/US
2019
92 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:45pm

It’s August in New York City and the otherwise warm and inviting cityscape is permeated by an undercurrent of unease. Climate change, unemployment, race and class tensions, and loss of community — Brett Story’s simple questions of the New Yorkers she encounters around the different boroughs reveal that these issues are on everyone’s lips, and the languid summer moments feel like the quiet before a great storm.

Enrico Maisto
Italy
2017
57 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 12:00pm

Randomly selected by a computer, 60 apprehensive common citizens take their places in the courtroom of the Milan Assize Court of Appeal, which tries Italy’s most notorious criminals. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 10:00am

Great works of documentary have been shaped into compelling stories. But should every film be molded into a traditional story structure? Using Alexandra Juhasz and Alisa Lebow’s essay as a starting point, we invite filmmakers to discuss unique formal and narrative approaches to documentary storytelling beyond the plot and character-driven arc.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 11:45am

How do ethical considerations influence artistic choices when presenting delicate subject matter on screen? Our invited filmmakers will discuss how they establish ongoing consent with their participants and the considerations behind portraying moments of vulnerability in their films.

 

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

Get the insider perspective on what key decision-makers are looking for and best practices for pitching your projects. This discussion will also provide an overview of funding opportunities available to BC creators. 

 

Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog
Norway/Greenland/Denmark
2019
77 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

When the small remote town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, is chosen as the site for American aluminum company ALCOA’s new smelting plant, the locals wait with bated breath for construction to begin.

Heddy Honigmann
Netherlands
2018
86 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

In Buddy, veteran Dutch director Heddy Honigmann crafts a heartwarming exploration of the dog-human bond, celebrating the extraordinary skills of service dogs and how they support the physical and emotional health of their companions.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:30pm

Throughout his career, filmmaker Mosco Boucault has established trust with insider protagonists from the French Resistance, Italian Red Brigade commandos, and some of the most powerful Mafia networks in the world.

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.

Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

Raise a glass to welcome festival guests and celebrate the work of BC’s independent documentary community!

Industry Pass Required.  

Please note this event takes place at the Shebeen Whiskey House (210 Carrall Street).

Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti
Italy
2018
57 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm

A remote Sicilian reception centre for unaccompanied migrant minors is about to close, and six teenagers are left awaiting the decision that will seal their fate.

Joseph Hillel
Canada
2018
80 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

City Dreamers offers a glimpse into the careers of four trailblazing urban architects of the 20th century: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown. Each of the four boasts an impressive and decades-long career in shaping urban spaces.

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.

Julien Elie
Canada
2018
154 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:45pm

There is a crisis in Mexico. While headlines that sensationalize drug cartels and glorify bosses like El Chapo hint at the problem, Julien Elie’s epic Dark Suns reveals the terrifying extent of the violence and its consequences.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

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.

Miguel Eek
Spain
2019
56 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 9:00pm

Existential water cooler talk and gallows humour is standard for cemetery workers as they prepare bodies and remove old caskets from tombs, while playfully discussing the afterlife, armageddon, and the benefits of cremation. Director Miguel Eek asks us to abandon sentimentality in order to ponder the more functional aspects of death.

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.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:30am

Indigenous women around the world are contributing to a new cinematic wave. In Canada, some of the most celebrated documentaries in recent years have been directed by First Nations, Métis, and Inuit women.

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.

For the producer seeking a path to market through film festivals, pragmatic and informed decisions must be made. This workshop will provide an overview of the options, opportunities, and alternatives to film festival distribution.

Join Josephine Anderson and Claire Sanford as they discuss their transition to virtual reality storytelling from a documentary filmmaker's perspective.

Corradino Durruti
France
2008
90 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 4:30pm

A unique and thrilling investigation with multiple twists and turns, Corradino Durruti’s film serves as a chilling study of the morals and mores of both the Italian police and of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta, a powerful criminal network with tentacles reaching deep into the corporate and political worlds.

Jewel Maranan
Philippines
2017
120 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

Filmmaker Jewel Maranan follows the plight of four families living in the impoverished Manilan district of Tondo as the government forces their resettlement, casting a critical look at the everyday violence that precedes the construction of a globalized city.

Shannon Walsh
Canada
2019
87 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

Resilience in the face of disaster is at the heart of Shannon Walsh’s expansive study. Shot across five different countries, Walsh introduces us to five courageous women, each encountering their own form of crisis. 

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
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.

Sidse Torstholm Larsen and Sturla Pilskog
Norway/Greenland/Denmark
2019
77 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 2:00pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

When the small remote town of Maniitsoq, Greenland, is chosen as the site for American aluminum company ALCOA’s new smelting plant, the locals wait with bated breath for construction to begin.

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.

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.

Christina Tynkevych
Ukraine
2019
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.

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?

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.

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

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

Phuong Thao Tran and Swann Dubus
Vietnam
2018
75 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:15pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 2:30pm

The historic neighborhood of Pomelo in Hanoi, a vibrant maze of homes and businesses teeming with life, is being demolished for a highway project.

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.

Paul Émile D’Entremont
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

In both amateur and professional sports, being gay remains taboo. Standing on the Line looks at the experiences of LGBTQ+ athletes in Canada who set out to overcome prejudice.

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Iceland
2019
73 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

For the past 25 years, Snorri Magnusson has operated an infant swim class pushing the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of. More than just a swim class, Snorri offers a sense of connection and community for new families navigating the beginnings of parenthood.

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.

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
Chile/Germany
2018
78 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Daily life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile, is unremarkable, but as this wonderfully original film unfolds, we become aware that human affairs — of street cleaners, small-time drug dealers, and skateboarders — are incidental to the real story here. The stars of this film are its two canine subjects — Football and Chola.

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.

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.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
US
2019
115 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

A post-Fordist drama that provides a gripping and often humorous insider-look at cultural differences between workers, with a sharp-eyed examination of shifting power in the global economy, American Factory follows the revival of an industrial plant in Dayton, Ohio after Fuyao, a Chinese automotive glass company, takes over.

Nicolás Molina
Chile
2018
82 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

A meditative journey along two rivers — the Ganges in India, and the Biobío in Chile — that serves as a junction between two similar but distinct ways of life.

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.

Alessandro Marinelli
Italy
2018
78 minutes
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 4:30pm

For one year, director Alessandro Marinelli and his team follow the students of a school in a disenfranchised suburb of Rome.

Various
Canada
1995-1998
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.

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.

Various
Canada
1991-1994
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
US/Slovenia/Croatia
2018
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
Canada
2019
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?

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.

Mosco Levi Boucault
France
2019
145 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

Corleone delivers a Shakespearean storyline about the rise and fall of Teodoro Totò Riina, the real-life godfather who was born into the same village as Vito Corleone played by Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather

Martina Melilli
Italy
2018
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.

Bettina Perut and Iván Osnovikoff
Chile/Germany
2018
78 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

Daily life at the Los Reyes skate park in Santiago, Chile, is unremarkable, but as this wonderfully original film unfolds, we become aware that human affairs — of street cleaners, small-time drug dealers, and skateboarders — are incidental to the real story here. The stars of this film are its two canine subjects — Football and Chola.

Larry Weinstein
Canada
2019
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
Canada
1997
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.

Stanley Nelson
US/UK
2019
115 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tracks the artist’s history from his affluent upbringing as the son of a prominent Illinois dentist, through his training at Julliard in New York, and on to the truly remarkable records and performances which defined his apex years of creativity from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s. Fans of Davis will revel in watching never-before-seen footage and learning more about the complex man behind his canonical body of music.

Giovanni Donfrancesco
Italy/France
2017
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.

Brent Hodge
Canada
2019
70 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

To the majority of people alive and breathing in the year 2000, Who Let The Dogs Out? is the name of a massively popular radio hit by the flash-in-the-pan group Baha Men. To artist Ben Sisto, it is a philosophical question that challenges accepted notions of authorship and creative ownership.

Emmanuelle Antille
Switzerland
2018
94 minutes
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:15pm

A Bright Light: Karen and the Process follows three women on an oneiric road trip as they trace folk musician Karen Dalton's movements across the American landscape back to Woodstock.

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.

Joseph Hillel
Canada
2018
80 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 5:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 12:00pm

City Dreamers offers a glimpse into the careers of four trailblazing urban architects of the 20th century: Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, and Denise Scott Brown. Each of the four boasts an impressive and decades-long career in shaping urban spaces.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
US
2019
115 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:45pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

A post-Fordist drama that provides a gripping and often humorous insider-look at cultural differences between workers, with a sharp-eyed examination of shifting power in the global economy, American Factory follows the revival of an industrial plant in Dayton, Ohio after Fuyao, a Chinese automotive glass company, takes over.

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.

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.

Sheona McDonald
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:45pm

Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle is known to many as the “godmother of feminist porn.” Director Sheona McDonald goes beyond the headlines to craft a layered portrait of the woman behind the icon, capturing Vadala in her sixties when, confronted with an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe
Canada
2019
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.

Brett Story
Canada/US
2019
92 minutes
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 1:45pm

It’s August in New York City and the otherwise warm and inviting cityscape is permeated by an undercurrent of unease. Climate change, unemployment, race and class tensions, and loss of community — Brett Story’s simple questions of the New Yorkers she encounters around the different boroughs reveal that these issues are on everyone’s lips, and the languid summer moments feel like the quiet before a great storm.

Heddy Honigmann
Netherlands
2018
86 minutes
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 3:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 6:30pm

In Buddy, veteran Dutch director Heddy Honigmann crafts a heartwarming exploration of the dog-human bond, celebrating the extraordinary skills of service dogs and how they support the physical and emotional health of their companions.

Shannon Walsh
Canada
2019
87 minutes
Monday, May 6, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:45pm

Resilience in the face of disaster is at the heart of Shannon Walsh’s expansive study. Shot across five different countries, Walsh introduces us to five courageous women, each encountering their own form of crisis. 

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.

Paul Émile D’Entremont
Canada
2019
80 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

In both amateur and professional sports, being gay remains taboo. Standing on the Line looks at the experiences of LGBTQ+ athletes in Canada who set out to overcome prejudice.

Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Iceland
2019
73 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 4:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

For the past 25 years, Snorri Magnusson has operated an infant swim class pushing the boundaries of what we believe tiny humans are capable of. More than just a swim class, Snorri offers a sense of connection and community for new families navigating the beginnings of parenthood.

Stanley Nelson
US/UK
2019
115 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 - 9:30pm

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tracks the artist’s history from his affluent upbringing as the son of a prominent Illinois dentist, through his training at Julliard in New York, and on to the truly remarkable records and performances which defined his apex years of creativity from the mid 1950s to the late 1970s. Fans of Davis will revel in watching never-before-seen footage and learning more about the complex man behind his canonical body of music.

Brent Hodge
Canada
2019
70 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 9:15pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

To the majority of people alive and breathing in the year 2000, Who Let The Dogs Out? is the name of a massively popular radio hit by the flash-in-the-pan group Baha Men. To artist Ben Sisto, it is a philosophical question that challenges accepted notions of authorship and creative ownership.

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.