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Documentaries that change the way we see the world.

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Image: All That Breathes, VIFF 2022

1341 Frames of Love and War

Award Winners

Ran Tal's sobering film captures over 50 years of Israeli history through the lens of photojournalist Micha Bar-Am, providing a deep focus on the beauty and horror of humanity as chronicled through his camera.

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6:30 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
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10:45 am
Sun Oct 09
International Village 10
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Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits

Action & Suspense Documentary

One of the best rock climbers in the world, Adam Ondra prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. An intimate portrait of devotion and dedication to the art of climbing alongside the mental and physical toll it takes along the path to greatness.

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9:45 pm
Wed Oct 05
International Village 8
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10:45 am
Sat Oct 08
International Village 10
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All That Breathes

Award Winners Documentary

Two brothers are determined to nurse back to health New Delhi's ailing black kites—the megacity's ubiquitous birds of prey. Striving to keep their wildlife rescue clinic afloat, political tensions loom over their neighbourhood as ominously as the smog.

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9:00 pm
Wed Oct 05
SFU Woodwards
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A Fire Inside

Documentary

During Australia's apocalyptic bushfires in 2019-2020, volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line to save their communities. A clarion call about climate change and an ode to the camaraderie of strangers standing together in the midst of a crisis.

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6:00 pm
Mon Oct 03
International Village 10
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1:00 pm
Wed Oct 05
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Framing Agnes

Award Winners Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice LGBTQIA2S+

Exhuming transcripts from a 1950s study on transgender individuals, Chase Joynt and his collaborators employ re-enactments, reinvention, and personal reflections to examine the trans stories that are told and how—and by whom—they are authored.

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9:30 pm
Mon Oct 03
The Rio Theatre
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Good Night Oppy

Documentary

Sent on a mission to Mars with a life expectancy of 90 days, the exploration rover Opportunity instead lived for 15 years. With incredible interviews and awe-inspiring re-creations, this documentary doubles as an open-hearted, intergalactic underdog tale.

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1:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
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If You Are a Man

Thirteen-year-old Opio works at a gold mine in Burkina Faso. It’s a harsh existence, and to earn the money for an education that might liberate him from it, the child must take a new, dangerous step in his occupation.

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4:15 pm
Fri Oct 07
International Village 8
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6:15 pm
Sun Oct 09
International Village 8
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The Killing of a Journalist

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

Matt Sarnecki explores the murder of a Slovak reporter in a documentary that grips like a true page-turner: among the story ingredients are gangsters, crooked cops, blackmail, hidden thumb drives, and assassination plots via emoji-laced text messages.

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1:00 pm
Thu Oct 06
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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6:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
International Village 10
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The Klabona Keepers

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.

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6:00 pm
Mon Oct 03
Vancouver Playhouse
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3:15 pm
Wed Oct 05
International Village 10
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Last Flight Home

Documentary Women Directors

In January 2021, filmmaker Ondi Timoner's father Eli told his family that he was ready to die—as soon as California law would allow. A vérité record of the patriarch's last few weeks on earth and a testament to a different measure of fulfillment.

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4:00 pm
Tue Oct 04
International Village 9
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Love Will Come Later

Documentary Romance Women Directors

Like many young Moroccans, Samir considers marrying a foreigner the key to a better life in Europe—but his family would rather arrange a marriage for him with a Moroccan woman. When he falls in love with a tourist, he weighs a life-changing decision.

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8:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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My Imaginary Country

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

Patricio Guzmán is the poet laureate of Chilean cinema and its foremost historian. Here he returns to his early work of frontline reportage, documenting the recent, extraordinary uprising which promises to transform Chile for the better.

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9:30 pm
Tue Oct 04
International Village 8
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Rebellion

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

This candid observational documentary gives us the inside story on the rise of Extinction Rebellion, the environmental protest movement which injected new urgency into climate activism. An empowering testament to the inspiring impact of direct action.

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3:45 pm
Mon Oct 03
International Village 10
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Retrograde

Retrograde captures details of American and Afghan soldiers navigating the politics of the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, focusing on General Sami Sadat, who is left bearing the brunt of responsibility to fight an unwinnable war.

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7:00 pm
Thu Oct 06
International Village 9
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Unarchived

Documentary Women Directors

In this zippy doc, we learn about a new way of representing the past, and meet community curators and archivists from across BC whose mission is to share the secret, neglected, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.

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