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Black History Month

This February we’re delighted to present three new series, A New Chapter, Celebrating Black Futures and …to glimpse: African Cinema Now!. We’re also paying tribute to the late Charles Officer, with a free screening of his inspiring documentary Mighty Jerome (Feb 4).

A New Chapter brings back the made-in-Vancouver festival hit Union Street for a limited engagement at the VIFF Centre (Feb 2-7), presenting the definitive film record of Hogan’s Alley. Additionally, director Jamila Pomeroy has selected two inspiring international films as a sidebar to these screenings: Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, and Suhaib Gasmelbari’s Talking About Trees.

In partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery, on successive Thursdays through the month we’re presenting Celebrating Black Futures. Then, as the month draws to a close, …to glimpse: African Cinema Now! begins, kicking off a new monthly series at VIFF.

See below for full program details.

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Celebrating Black Futures

Co-Presented with the Vancouver Art Gallery | Curated by Kika Memeh

This series brings together Black & African films that reflect the present and exciting future of cinema. In three feature films and a series of shorts, these filmmakers present a contemporary snapshot of the multilateral nature of African, African-American, Caribbean, and Black Canadian culture and cinema.

…to glimpse: African Cinema Now!

Curated by Ogheneofegor Obuwoma

Curated by Nigerian writer and storyteller Ogheneofegor Obuwoma, this 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.

This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Inxeba

In South Africa's Xhosa culture, young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual... but for Kwanda, his queer identity is at odds with social expectations.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Augure

Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

A New Chapter

Curated by Jamila Pomeroy

Centering community, resilience and positive action, these films invite us to break generational cycles, laugh and co-create an afrofuturism that honors a multiplicity of African experiences for years to come.

All Films

Black History Month: Short Film Showcase

The four short films in this program range from humorous dark comedy to sombre drama. These films explore existential crises, beauty standards and daring ambitions in the lives of the protagonists.

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7:00 pm
Thu Feb 22
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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8:15 pm
Thu Feb 22
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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Union Street

Interspersing interviews with archival footage, Union Street documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, the formerly Black neighbourhood which was destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s.

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1:30 pm
Tue Feb 27
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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12:00 pm
Wed Feb 28
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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2:30 pm
Sun Mar 03
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection

In this, the first of a new monthly series, ...to glimpse: African Cinema Now!, Mantoa, an 80-year-old woman who has lived her entire life in a small Lesotho village, is forced to venture out into the world and fight for what is right.

More info
7:00 pm
Wed Feb 28
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
Guests/Q&As Hearing Assistance Subtitles
Book Now
2:00 pm
Fri Mar 01
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
Hearing Assistance Subtitles
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7:30 pm
Sun Mar 03
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
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When Morning Comes

Nine-year-old Jamal (a radiant Djamari Roberts) is getting bullied at school and his mum -- a widow -- decides she needs to get him out of Jamaica and educated in Canada, with his grandmother. Only one problem: Jamal is not on board.

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6:30 pm
Thu Feb 29
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
Hearing Assistance
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Inxeba

In South Africa's Xhosa culture, young men are brought to the mountains of the Eastern Cape to participate in an ancient coming-of-age ritual... but for Kwanda, his queer identity is at odds with social expectations.

More info
7:30 pm
Wed Mar 27
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
Guests/Q&As Hearing Assistance Subtitles
Book Now

Augure

Using magical realism to paint a portrait of "undesirables" and "sorcerers" in the Congo, Augure (Omen) delves into the intricacies of identity, culture, and belief systems through a deeply rich and visually captivating lens.

More info
7:30 pm
Thu Apr 25
VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre
Guests/Q&As Hearing Assistance Subtitles
Book Now

A Tribute to Charles Officer: Mighty Jerome

The rise, fall and redemption of Harry Jerome, Canada's most record-setting track and field star, is the subject of this typically astute and passionate film from the late Charles Officer, who passed last year at the age of just 48. Free event.

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Talking About Trees

Embarking on a journey to revive an old cinema and restore cinema-going culture, the Sudanese Film Club encounters seemingly insurmountable resistance and emotional hardship. However, their love of film and dream of Sudanese liberation prevails.

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Sorry to Bother You

In an alternate Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green(Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success that also propels him into a macabre universe. Is the corporate American dream truly his to bear?

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Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes + Feven Kidane Sextet Live

Legendary drummer and activist Max Roach was one of the prime instigators of bebop, but his influence goes way beyond that. This film records his creative peaks, personal struggles and his inspiring commitment to Civil Rights. + Live Jazz Show.

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All the Colours of the World Are Between Black and White

Babatunde Apalowo's luminously photographed debut feature is a brave, empathetic treatment of a Nigerian man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in a society where homosexuality is illegal and taboo.

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