SFU-GCA (149 W Hastings St)

Fredrik Gertten
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.

Sheona McDonald
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
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.

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. 


Heddy Honigmann
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.

Joseph Hillel
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.

Mosco Levi Boucault
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

Baljit Sangra
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.

Tasha Hubbard
98 minutes
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 6:00pm
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Few events in recent Canadian history have sparked as much media attention and outrage as the death of Colten Boushie, a young Cree man who was murdered on a farm in rural Saskatchewan in 2016. Tasha Hubbard’s essential film follows his family’s fight for justice while casting an unflinching look at systemic racism in Canada.

Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
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.

Rehad Desai
South Africa
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.

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

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

Stanley Nelson
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
159 minutes
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 8:00pm

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

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang
85 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 4:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Weaving her personal experience with archival propaganda and testimonies, Nanfu Wang reveals the human rights violations and trauma caused by the Chinese government’s one-child policy.

Hepi Mita
New Zealand
87 minutes
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 8:30pm

Directed by her youngest son Hepi Mita, Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen is a tender posthumous tribute to his mother’s life and career. A notorious agitator, her films bear witness to the injustice Māori people face in New Zealand, providing a voice for Māori people and especially for Māori women.