Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.)

VIFF's Vancity Theatre

Shevaun Mizrahi | 
US/Turkey/Netherlands |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
Laura Bari | 
Canada/Argentina |
 2017 | 
95 minutes

Rocío and Aldana are two young women whose lives have already been marked by profound trauma. The two girls are cousins, and while they go about their daily lives in Argentina facing the same excitement and challenges as their peers, they both carry the weight of the respective experiences that have shaped them.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 7:00pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
Selwyn Jacob | 
Canada |
 1996 | 
52 minutes

From the early 1900s through the 1960s, black men from across Canada, US, Africa and the Caribbean worked as sleeping-car porters for Canada’s railway companies. As one of the few jobs available for people of colour at the time, the occupation was well-respected but also full of challenges.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:45pm
David Byars | 
US |
 2017 | 
80 minutes

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 4:15pm
Sophie Bredier | 
France |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 4:30pm
Monday, May 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
Leon Lee | 
Canada |
 2018 | 
77 minutes

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 2:00pm
Mercedes Dominioni | 
Uruguay |
 2017 | 
78 minutes

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 12:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Maciek Bochniak | 
Poland/Germany |
 2017 | 
70 minutes

In the late 1960s, record store owner-turned-music producer Amha Eshete noticed something strange—there was no Ethiopian music being produced and sold in his country. Herein began the birth of recorded Ethiopian music, imbued with the flavours of funk, soul and jazz.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 4:15pm
Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:30pm
Nitesh Anjaan | 
Denmark |
 2017 | 
58 minutes

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

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:45pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 6:15pm
Heather Lenz | 
US |
 2018 | 
80 minutes

At age 88, Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most successful living artists and one of the top-selling female artists in history. For those unfamiliar with her prolific body of work, her gargantuan polka dot paintings, phallic soft sculptures, and nude performance anti-war protests cleverly straddle pop art and the avant-garde. 

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 7:00pm
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00pm