Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

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

A series of shorts exploring Indigenous life across Turtle Island.

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?