MENA Film Festival
November 26-December 1
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!
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.
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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First Look Fridays
Enjoy $10 tickets + complimentary tea & coffee at the first Friday matinee screening of these films.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi plays himself in this ingenious meta-fiction about the making of a film, and the unmaking of love story.
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