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The Word

In 1968 Czechoslovakia, a small-town notary refuses to join the Communist Party. Inspired by director Beata Parkanová's own grandparents, The Word depicts the intimate lives of Václav and Věra and their bond in the face of political intimidation.

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Available Oct 1 - Oct 9
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Day After...

The Rocket—a paddle steamer—has been ferrying rich and poor through Bangladesh for the best part of a century. This kinetic and artfully chaotic hybrid documentary immerses us in a two-day journey and gives us a vivid snapshot of the country.

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Available Oct 1 - Oct 9
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Cesária Évora

Ana Sofia Fonseca's documentary about legendary singer Cesária Évora offers a rare glimpse into the Queen of Morna's mischievous humour, her love of Capo Verde, and her extraordinary ability to translate emotion into melody.

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Carajita

In the Dominican Republic, Yarisa works as a maid and a nanny for a wealthy, powerful family. When she suffers a personal tragedy, she must re-evaluate the last two decades of her life and her relationship with the family to whom she has given so much.

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Available Oct 2 - Oct 9
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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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The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

The Melt Goes On Forever chronicles the elusive and provocative African-American artist David Hammons' body of work, which is firmly rooted in the questioning of dominant culture and exposing racial injustice.

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Available Oct 2 - Oct 9
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Adam Ondra: Pushing the Limits

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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Available Oct 3 - Oct 9
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Soft

After some petty theft grants three queer adolescents admission to a Toronto gay club, they are left to confront dark consequences. Joseph Amenta’s debut feature is a love letter to friendships and a testament to the queer community’s perseverance.

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What We Do Next

A New York City councilwoman, a corporate lawyer, and a newly released convict are pitted against each other in a web of blackmail as they walk the razor’s edge between their morals and the standard judicial process.

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Available Oct 3 - Oct 9
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Concrete Valley

A Syrian doctor struggles to hold on to his identity as his family adjusts to life in Canada. Director Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear) continues his social realist project, turning a lens this time to struggles faced by new immigrants to Canada.

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Available Oct 4 - Oct 9
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Soviet Bus Stops

It may sound esoteric but this is a joyous film about the historical anomaly of whimsical, eccentric, aesthetically audacious bus stops that permeated the vast Soviet Bloc, lovingly, obsessively tracked down by Canadian photographer Chris Herwig.

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Unarchived

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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