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Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango

Program Running Time 93 min.

Feb 23 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Dom Pedro
(USA, 2013, 93 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

Who knew the tango came from Africa? Filmmaker Dom Pedro reveals the depth of the footprints of the African music on the tango, through this rich movie combining musical performances and interviews from many tango fans and historians in Latin America and Europe, including the renowned Argentinean pianist Juan Carlos Caceres.

Nina Forever

Program Running Time 98 min.

Feb 12 10:30 pm
Feb 13 10:30 pm
Feb 14 08:50 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine
(GB, 2015, 98 mins, DCP)

Rob is finding it hard to get over his tragically deceased girlfriend Nina. Even more so when she pops up in bed as he’s getting intimate with new flame Holly. At first Holly is shocked and repulsed. But then she decides to give the relationship a chance, threesomes and all… This deliciously macabre Valentine from the Blaine Brothers maybe sick and (literally) twisted, but it’s also surprisingly moving, funny and sexy as hell.

Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict

Program Running Time 90 min.

Films in Program

The Rain City Oscar Party 2016

(2016, 300 mins)
Classification: 19+


Feb 28 03:30 pm

Experience the Academy Awards in style at VIFF Vancity Theatre!  Vancouver's classiest big screen cinema offers the most comfortable seats in town, red carpet, step & repeat, and a fully licensed bar. 

Co-presented with The Georgia Straight, our Oscar party will be hosted by Straight film editor Adrian Mack and CBC film critic Kim Linekin, with red carpet fashion commentary from Steven Schelling. 

Your ticket includes unlimited free popcorn and a free Oscar ballot bingo card with the opportunity to win VIFF and Vancity Theatre ticket packs, DVDs, books and lots more goodies. 

Our favourite food truck, Disco Cheetah Korean Grill, is back too. 

Tickets $15. Ages 19+

Doors open at 3:30PM.

Red Carpet coverage begins at 4:00PM.

Just Film Fest: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd + The Troublemaker

(138 mins)


Feb 12 07:00 pm

All Access Pack is available for $50



The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen.

We feature social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities, here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by spotlighting issues both local and global.

Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd starts at 7:00 PM.

The Troublemaker starts at 8:50 PM.

JFF: Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd

DIR: Patricio Henríquez ONFB, 2014, 98 min. 

This feature documentary recounts the incredible odyssey of 22 men from China’s persecuted Uyghur minority who were detained in Guantánamo as terrorists. These Turkicspeaking Muslims, persecuted by the authorities in Beijing, escaped to the Middle East where they were captured and sold as terrorists to the American forces. From northern China to Guantánamo, Cuba, this new documentary by Patricio Henríquez charts the incredible odyssey of three of these “prisoners of the absurd,” linked to worldwide terror networks through no fault of their own

JFF: The Troublemaker

DIR Roberto Salinas / Nicaragua/USA/Italy, 2014, 82 min.

For over a year, the filmmaker followed the most unlikely President of the United Nations General Assembly, Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann – a Nicarguan priest, a revolution theologian, an advocate of the developing world, a reformer.

With a front row view to see on how the UN dealt with some of the most severe crises to have rocked the world in recent years, the film reveals how D’Escoto tried to change things, and sheds light on the UN’s opaque mechanisms. We show how in the only global government we have, the best intentions are thwarted, but also the dysfunction, the pettiness, the power dynamics that have over time rendered progress impossible.

JFL Northwest: Turkish Star Wars

(1982, 91 mins)
In Turkish with English subtitles
Classification: 19+


Feb 22 08:45 pm

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there was a country called Turkey and in this wonderful land, the concept of copyright infringement was something very much open to interpretation. Case in point, Turksih Star Wars! This movie is absolutely jaw-dropping insane! Between flat-out stealing footage from the original Star Wars and music from the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack, there’s a plot somewhere in there about two space cadets crash-landing on a desert planet, where an evil wizard seeks the ultimate power to take over the world.

"Jaw-droppingly insane…a film that makes criticism moot." Phil Hall, Film Threat

Just Film Fest: Lowdown Tracks + The Hand That Feeds

(170 mins)


Feb 11 07:00 pm

All Access Pack is available for $50



The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen.

We feature social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities, here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by spotlighting issues both local and global.

Lowdown Tracks starts at 7:00 PM.

The Hand That Feeds starts at 8:50 PM.

JFF: Lowdown Tracks

DIR Shelley Saywell / Canada, 2015, 86 min.

Music is an expression of the spirit for everyone. But for some who survive on the periphery of society, it can also be a life-saving coping mechanism and the last stand of their dignity.

Emmy-winning director Shelley Saywell’s moving and inspiring documentary was created with singer/activist Lorraine Segato. It captures the music and stories of five musicians who are homeless or on society’s margin. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in their stories in the film. But at its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival.

"An inspiring ode to the power of music to sustain people living on the margins… It’s a valuable sociology lesson, and the tales of abuse, bureaucratic bungling and financial hardship are heartbreaking. And the talent is wondrous." 4 stars, Susan G Cole, Now Toronto

JFF: The Hand That Feeds

DIR Rachel Lears, Robin Botnick / USA, 2014, 84 min.

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick.

Risking deportation and job loss, the workers team up with innovative young organizers and form their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers battle in back rooms and workers walk the picket line with support from the “Occupy” crowd. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent. But whatever happens, these workers will never be the same.

Just Film Fest: Six Saturday Matinee Films

(246 mins)
On Saturday, February 13, all day starting at 12:00 pm, be sure to visit the Social Justice Bazaar with up to 20 progressive organizations and connect with fellow activists.


Feb 13 12:00 pm

All Access Pack is available for $50



The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen.

We feature social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities, here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by spotlighting issues both local and global.

Knitting Nannas & Cooking Across Cultures starts at 12:00 PM.

Milk Men starts at 1:00 PM.

Facing Fear & Nefertitti’s Daughters starts at 3:10 PM

The Wanted 18 starts at 4:30 PM

On Saturday, February 13, all day starting at 12:00 pm, be sure to visit the Social Justice Bazaar with up to 20 progressive organizations and connect with fellow activists.

JFF: Knitting Nannas

DIR Rani Brown / Australia, 2013, 22 min.

Knitting Nannas Against Gas is a group of sweet ladies who ‘protest’ by unfolding some lawn chairs, popping the kettle on and knitting. The KNAGs, who formed in Australia in 2012, campaign against the growing coal-seam gas (CSG) industry, which they argue threatens to destroy prime farmland and unspoiled ecosystems. They are also absolutely delightful and effective.

From the Nannafesto: “We peacefully & productively protest against the destruction of our land, air, and water by corporations and/or individuals who seek profit and personal gain from the short-sighted and greedy plunder of our natural resources. We support energy generation from renewable sources, and sustainable use of our other natural resources. We sit, knit, plot, have a yarn and a cuppa, and bear witness to the war against those who try to rape our land and divide our communities.”

JFF: Cooking Across Cultures

DIR Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House collective / Canada, 2015, 11 min.

Immigrants to Canada arrive healthier than the average Canadian but this reverses in 5 to 10 years after arrival. This video looks at four groups – three immigrants and one Aboriginal – and discusses how food and culture affects them.

Film participants in attendance

JFF: Milk Men

DIR Jan Haaken / USA, 2015, 76 min.

Psychologist and filmmaker Jan Haaken revisits the region where she spent childhood summers on her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm, following four families as they try to survive amidst intense pressures that have led most dairies to go under. Filmed over the changing seasons in the richly scenic agricultural terrain of the Pacific Northwest, dairy farming emerges as a fascinating tale of modernity. Regardless of the size of their operations, these families all struggle to hold onto traditions while adapting to change, from economic and technological forces to shifting intergenerational and gender roles. Milk Men explores as well the symbolic place of dairy cows in the public imagination, and societal discomfort with industrializing a business long associated with rural America.

Filmmaker in attendance

JFF: Facing Fear

DIR Jason Cohen / USA, 2013, 23 min.

Worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both their lives. Together they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration…and friendship.

Academy Award Nominee, Documentary Short Subject 2014

JFF: Nefertiti's Daughters

DIR Mark Nickolas, Elizabeth Van Meter / Egypt, 2015, 39 min.

Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today.

Remi Award, Houston International Film Fest 2015; Grand Jury Prize, Athens Film and Video Festival 2015

JFF: The Wanted 18

DIR Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan / Palestine, 2015, 75 min.

It started simply enough, with the purchase of 18 cows. Bought by residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, the cows were a symbol of freedom and resistance, allowing them to provide milk for their children rather than buying it from an Israeli company.

But these were not ordinary times. The first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank was rising and soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army. With humour and passion, The Wanted 18 captures the spirit of the 1987 uprising through the personal experiences of those who lived it, bringing to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Just Film Fest: Valentino's Ghost

(2015, 100 mins, Blu-ray Disc)
FEATURING Gore Vidal, Robert Fisk, John Mearsheimer, Niall Ferguson, Anthony Shadid, Tony Shalhoub, Alan Sharp, Melani McAlister
Filmmaker in attendance


Feb 13 07:00 pm

All Access Pack is available for $50


An attacker pepper-sprayed a group of Syrian refugees as they were welcomed to a Muslim Community Centre. How did we get here? Filmmaker Michael Singh: “Distorted images lead to injustice.” Valentino's Ghost explores the portrayal of the Arabic person— from silent film romanticism (Sheik of Araby), through exoticism (Lawrence of Arabia) to today’s Crusader racism (American Sniper)—and relates this portrayal to US foreign policy. Interviews with Gore Vidal,Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson and John Mearsheimer et al. Arabic comics add edgy commentary. Join Michael Singh to discuss the film, its making and its suppression in the US. 

Reception to thank you all for attending will follow. 

"A crash course in history, politics, and social science, Valentino’s Ghost is both sobering and illuminating, and its execution is thrilling." Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

The Oscar Nominated Short Films (Live Action)

(2015, 107 mins)
Classification: 19+


Feb 08 08:30 pm
Feb 10 06:30 pm
Feb 17 06:30 pm
Feb 22 01:00 pm
Feb 26 03:45 pm
Feb 26 08:00 pm
Feb 27 02:00 pm
Feb 27 06:30 pm

Each year the Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Live Action and Animation categories. Check for program details.

Shorts - Live Action: 

Ave Maria – dir. Basil Khalil, Palestine/France/Germany, 15 minutes
Five nuns living in the West Bank find their routine disrupted when the car of a family of Israeli settlers breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family needs help from the nuns, but the sisters' vow of silence requires them to work with their visitors to find an unorthodox solution. 

Shok – dir. Jamie Donoughue, Kosovo/UK, 21 minutes
In Kosovo in 1998, two young boys are best friends living normal lives, but as war engulfs their country, their daily existence becomes filled with violence and fear. Soon, the choices they make threaten not only their friendship, but their families and their lives. 

Everything Will Be OK – dir. Patrick Vollrath, Germany/Austria, 30 minutes
Michael, a divorced father devoted to his eight-year-old daughter, Lea, picks her up for their usual weekend together. At first it feels like a normal visit, but Lea soon realizes that something is different, and so begins a fateful journey. 

Stutterer – dir. Benjamin Cleary, UK/Ireland, 12 minutes
For a lonely typographer, an online relationship has provided a much-needed connection without revealing the speech impediment that has kept him isolated. Now, however, he is faced with the proposition of meeting his online paramour in the flesh, and thereby revealing the truth about himself. 

Day One – dir. Henry Hughes, USA, 25 minutes
On the heels of a painful divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter and is sent to Afghanistan. On her first mission, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker, and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man's pregnant wife when she goes into labor.