Cinematheque (1131 Howe St.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.