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MENA 2022: You Say MENA I Say SWANA
You Say MENA I Say SWANA panel; MENA Film Festival

MENA 2022: You Say MENA I Say SWANA

A conversation about the terminology denoting the MENA/SWANA region.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
MENA 2022: Geographies
Geographies shorts program; MENA Film Festival

MENA 2022: Geographies

Geographies explores our direct relationship to nature and how our survival is deeply interconnected with the land. These films discuss how climate change impacts our relationships to both natural and human made spaces, and the creatures we share them with.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

MENA 2022: Montréal Girls

A Middle-Eastern medical school student, new to Montreal, puts his relationship with his father at risk when he forfeits his education after being forever changed by two young women. Montréal Girls follows his journey and his quest for love and enlightenment.

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MENA 2022: Foragers

Foragers moves between documentary and fiction to depict the dramas between the Israeli Nature Protection Authority and Palestinian foragers. With a wry sense of humor, the film captures the inherited love, resilience and knowledge of these traditions, over an eminently political backdrop.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

MENA 2022: Broken Mirrors

By tracing the development work of the new choreographic performance by choreographer Bouziane Bouteldja, the film sheds light on the dancers' questions about identity in a conservative Moroccan society that believes in traditional jobs and family stability.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
MENA 2022: From Zaatar to Wild Salmon: Protecting Indigenous Sovereignty
From Zaatar To Wild Salmon panel; MENA Film Festival

MENA 2022: From Zaatar to Wild Salmon: Protecting Indigenous Sovereignty

A conversation on returning to Indigenous sovereignty through the reclamation of traditional foods and land-based cultural practices from Turtle Island and Palestine, with the documentary Foragers as a starting point.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

MENA Film Festival

November 26-December 1

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The MENA Film Festival returns to VIFF Centre in downtown Vancouver for its fourth edition to bring work by Canadian and international artists from across the MENA/SWANA diaspora to B.C.


Join us for a selection of over 40 shorts and features representing 19 countries from the region and beyond, in addition to panels, workshops, Q&A’s and other special events!


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Celebrate Music!

Neil Young: Harvest Time film image

Neil Young: Harvest Time

In 1971, aspiring filmmaker Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young) set out to document the creation of a new record, a country rock album featuring “the Stray Gators”, a group of esteemed session musicians, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra. That album – Harvest – went on to become the best selling l.p. of 1972 and is considered an all-time classic. Songs include Heart of Gold, Old Man, The Needle and the Damage Done, A Man Needs a Maid. Includes never-before-seen performance footage + Neil Young intro.

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Let There Be Drums! film image; featuring Taylor Hawkins, Stewart Copeland, Ringo Starr, Mickey Hart, Chad Smith

Let There Be Drums!

The world’s greatest drummers reflect on the art of drumming and how it has shaped their lives. Features interviews with the late Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, Stewart Copeland, Ringo Starr and many more.



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An Evening of Poetry & Music with Rodney DeCroo film image

An Evening of Poetry & Music with Rodney DeCroo: “Dr. Fishpants Poems About Magical Creatures”

In this world premiere, Rodney DeCroo brings us “world-renowned sociologist” and local gasbag cafe-squatter, Dr. Theodore J. Fishpants, filmed reading his poems about the Magical Creatures that he insists walk among us. Afterwards, DeCroo will perform a concert.


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Back by Popular Demand!

Join us in the atrium lounge for a wine tasting experience to accompany your viewing of Blind Ambition – the feel-good documentary about the first Zimbabwean team to compete in The World Wine Blind Tasting Championship. Screening December 12 – December 30.


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First Look Fridays

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

White Noise

America in the age of anxiety, as experienced by Professor of Hitler Studies Jack Gladney (Adam Driver), his fourth wife Babette (Greta Gerwig) and multiple kids... A chemical spill leads to an airborne toxic event and the mass evacuation.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Holy Spider

In Mashhad, Iran, a serial killer known as The Spider has murdered over a dozen women. Rahimi, a journalist obsessed with finding the killer, soon finds a skewed social morality that praises the perpetrator and condemns his victims.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Grizzlie Truth

Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.

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Nelly & Nadine

In this transfixing, beautifully crafted documentary Magnus Gertten gently reveals an exceptionally resonant love story between two remarkable women who met in a German concentration camp in 1944.

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No Bears

Dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi plays himself in this ingenious meta-fiction about the making of a film, and the unmaking of love story.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

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