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.
Emmy-winning director Shelley Saywell’s moving and inspiring documentary 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.
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. 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.
Mina Shum’s documentary documentary reopens the file on what is now seen as a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and campus politics, the moment in 1967 when a professor at Sir George Williams University in Montreal was accused of racism, and student uprising that followed.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: David Hatfield, Leadership consultant and facilitator
Gore Vidal, Robert Fisk, Niall Ferguson and John Mearsheimer are among the interviewees examining how Hollywood and the media portrays Muslims and Arabs in this important documentary.
After the screening join the filmmaker and fellow activists at a reception to thank all of you for attending.
Arising from the Embargo Collective II project, this feature-packaged collection of five short films is based on Lars von Trier’s The Five Obstructions. Five Canadian Indigenous female filmmakers challenged one another with creative restrictions pushing their artistic form,
Three Harvard graduates start a national humor magazine for adults, launching the careers of some of Hollywood’s most legendary talent. But success and excess among its brilliant and subversive contributors begins to challenge its existence.
Lenny Van Wesemael
Nothing is as contagious as enthusiasm. George is overwhelmed by his idea to rent the Café Derby to make money during the Pope’s visit to Belgium for a mass in a nearby field. His wife and five children abandon their initial reluctance, and decide to help. They are convinced there’s a small fortune to be made. Told from the point of view of the youngest daughter, the film is a funny and moving chronicle of a family both falling apart and pulling together. Inspired by true events in the filmmaker’s life, the film is an ode to audacity.
Curated by Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) to celebrate International Women’s Day the WIFTI Showcase presents selected short films from Women in Film Chapters around the world.
This event is free - first come, first served.
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. Nominations are announced January 14. Check viff.org for program details.
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.
For movie lovers and eternal romantics, Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos presents Reel Romance, a vivacious Valentine to motion picture passions and peccadillos of the hungry heart. Michael will introduce a bevy of bewitching clips from classic cinema exploring that crazy little thing called love. From the seductive to the screwball, the starry-eyed silver screen romantics include Woody Allen, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Charlie Chaplin, Claudette Colbert, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo… and even John Wayne!
Who likes short shorts? We like short shorts. The NorthWest Comedy Fest and VIFF are proud to announce An Evening of Comedy Short Shorts a delightful hodgepodge of original Pacific Northwest submissions and curated comedy pieces from up and down the Left coast.