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Cesária Évora

Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

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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3:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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6:45 pm
Tue Oct 04
International Village 9
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10:45 am
Fri Oct 07
International Village 8
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Riverside Mukolitta

Comedy Drama Women Directors

Yamada, an ex-con dealing with the sudden death of his estranged father, makes a fresh start by moving to a small fishing village, and into an old apartment building populated by a group of quirky misfits. Based on director Naoko Ogigami's own 2019 novel.

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3:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 9
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9:30 pm
Mon Oct 03
International Village 9
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The Eclipse

Award Winners Documentary Women Directors

In the personal and poetic documentary, Nataša Urban (b. 1977) revisits the conflict that tore Yugoslavia apart through the prism of her immediate family and friends' often reluctant recollections, piercing a web of self-protective amnesia.

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4:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Cinematheque
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6:30 pm
Sun Oct 09
The Cinematheque
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Moja Vesna

Drama Women Directors

Ten-year-old Moja has her hands full taking care of her pregnant sister Vesna and their grief-stricken father, all reeling from the sudden loss of their mother. A stirring debut by Cannes Cinéfondation alumna Sara Kern.

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4:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 8
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Catalyst Mentorship Program Alumni Documentary Women Directors

In 1999, 11-year-old Nisha Platzer lost her brother, Josh, to suicide. Twenty years later, her search leads her to the door of Josh's chosen family. An eloquent collage that asserts that both grieving and healing are meant to be communal experiences.

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6:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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3:45 pm
Sun Oct 02
The Cinematheque
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1:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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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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6:15 pm
Fri Sep 30
SFU Woodwards
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12:00 pm
Sun Oct 02
International Village 10
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Aftersun

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

On holiday in Turkey, a young father and his adolescent daughter are often mistaken for siblings as they carouse like impish kids. However, his personal demons are about to come calling. An affecting and frequently astonishing debut from Charlotte Wells.

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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 9
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9:15 pm
Sun Oct 02
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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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Cinematheque
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8:45 pm
Sat Oct 08
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Nanny

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

Already enduring microaggressions and inept attempts at wokeness from her Manhattan employers, a Senegalese immigrant must also contend with supernatural figures manifesting in both her dreams and waking world. A haunting tale of immigration's realities.

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6:30 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Rio Theatre
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9:00 pm
Sat Oct 08
SFU Woodwards
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Anyox

Catalyst Mentorship Program Alumni Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Originally constructed around a copper mine, the once thriving company town of Anyox now boasts only two year-round residents. An immaculately crafted portrait of the damage wrought by the callousness of colonial ambition.

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8:45 pm
Fri Sep 30
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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9:15 pm
Mon Oct 03
The Cinematheque
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The Word

Award Winners Drama Women Directors

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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8:45 pm
Fri Sep 30
The Cinematheque
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12:30 pm
Mon Oct 03
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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You Can Live Forever

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Set in a Jehovah’s Witness congregation, the film follows queer teenager Jamie as she resists the tight community hold while falling in love with Marike, a charming young Witness tasked with welcoming Jamie into the fold.

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9:00 pm
Fri Sep 30
International Village 9
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9:30 pm
Sat Oct 08
International Village 10
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