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Nobody Wants to Talk About Jacob Appelbaum
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Nobody Wants to Talk About Jacob Appelbaum

Is Jacob Appelbaum a hero, or a villain? An abuser, or a victim? A truth-teller, or a paranoid narcissist? Once the heir apparent to Julian Assange at WikiLeaks, he's now considered persona non grata. But what if the charges against him are false...?

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Banel & Adama

In this stunning Senegalese tale of amour fou, Banel can scarcely bear to be parted from her beloved -- but the village elders fear her unruly passion is the root of the drought which threatens the village.

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Invisible Nation

An intimate view of the presidency of Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's first female president, as she fights for the future of her country's democracy at a time when freedom around the world is under threat from authoritarianism.

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Yintah -- land -- is at issue in this fierce front line doc about the resistance of the Witsuwit'en nation to the Coastal Gaslink pipeline over the course of a decade.

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It’s Time for Our Next Chapter

This summer, we’re upgrading the VIFF Centre’s main theatre, installing immersive sound, state-of-the-art projection, and refurbishing our much-loved seats. With your help, we can showcase exceptional cinema as it deserves to be experienced.


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Erickson on Film

A Centennial Celebration | Jun 14 – 18

Architecture critic and historian Trevor Boddy (FRAIC) guest-curates three special events combining dialogue, special guests, and film charting Vancouver’s most famous and influential architect, Arthur Erickson.

Intersecting Lives: Talk + Intersection Screening
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Intersecting Lives: Talk + Intersection Screening

On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Erickson, Erickson on Film curator Trevor Boddy will give an introductory talk on the architect's early life and work, followed by a screening of the Vancouver-shot movie Intersection + special guests.

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Documenting the Designer: Talk + Concrete Poetry Screening
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Documenting the Designer: Talk + Concrete Poetry Screening

As his fame grew, Arthur Erickson became the subject of several documentaries. Curator Trevor Boddy will share clips from several of these as he outlines the later phase of Erickson's career, and director Michele Smolkin intros her film Concrete Poetry.

Image: Concrete Poetry © Erickson Family Collection

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The Smell of Wet Concrete: Talk + The Groundstar Conspiracy Screening
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The Smell of Wet Concrete: Talk + The Groundstar Conspiracy Screening

Curator Trevor Boddy discusses Erickson's major public buildings, including Robson Square, the Waterfall Building, and most important of all, the entire original campus of SFU -- which really should have star billing in 1972's Cold War thriller.

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Concrete Poetry + Arthur Erickson's Dyde House

In this program we pair two of the best documentaries about Arthur Erickson: Michelle Smolkin's 2002 profile for the CBC, Concrete Poetry, and Colin Waugh's recent Arthur Erickson's Dyde House, an insightful look at one of his earliest designs.

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Live performances that push the boundaries of traditional film programming, intersecting cinema culture with music, comedy, podcasting, and performance in unique, cinema-infused live shows.

Pantheon: The Greatest Films of All Time

Pantheon, presented by MUBI, is a monthly series showcasing a selection of the “greatest movies of all time,” inspired by the mother of all film lists, the critics’ poll that has run once a decade in the UK’s Sight & Sound magazine since 1952.

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Explore Series glimpse: African Cinema Now!

Curated by Nigerian writer and storyteller Ogheneofegor Obuwoma, this monthly series showcases contemporary African cinema that draws inspiration from the continent’s oral and filmic history. Expect an exploration of alternate possibilities—and whispers of the unexpected.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Jun 21

For National Indigenous Peoples Day we invited Urban Ink’s Artistic Director, Corey Payette, to curate four films. Corey is a storyteller, writer, composer, producer, and directed his first film last year, Les Filles du Roi.

Les Filles du Roi

Corey Payette's rousing microbudget musical (adapted from the Urban Ink stage production he cowrote with Julie McIsaac) chronicles the friendship between a seventeenth century French woman and a Mohawk trader and his sister.

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When Link discovers that his Mi’kmaw mother may still be alive, he and his half-brother finally have purpose. On the road to Mi’kma’ki, they pick up a drifter who represents Link’s best chance of locating his mom and accepting his Two-Spirit nature.

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Bones of Crows

Vancouver-born Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements lays out a hard history of Indigenous resilience in this urgent, harrowing epic, spanning most of the 20th century; the story of a Cree woman from childhood, through residential school, WWII, and beyond.

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Hey Viktor!

25 years after the success of the iconic film Smoke Signals, a disheveled former child actor decides to create a sequel to relive his fame. This mockumentary follows him on the chaotic uphill journey to do whatever it takes to make it big again.

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First Look Fridays

Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.

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