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This double feature includes the films The Monopoly of Violence and The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada.
After The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada, there will be a joint panel discussion/Q&A where themes common to both films will be discussed.
Your ticket for this double feature includes admission to each film, a keynote address for each film, and the joint panel discussion/Q&A.

 


12:30 pm: The Monopoly of Violence (86 min.)
Vancouver Premiere
Keynote Speaker: David Dufresne, Director, The Monopoly of Violence
When is it legitimate for a democratic government to enact force against its own people? This is the central query posed by David Dufresne’s The Monopoly of Violence, an absorbing, shocking, and hugely timely documentary that interrogates the just limits state police powers. During the relative political stability of recent decades, that question may have seemed academic to some, but today—as protests against climate change, racial injustice, economic inequality, and pandemic restrictions roil in the street—it has assumed great urgency, with literal life and death stakes. In his pursuit of an answer, Dufresne presents raw and sometimes graphic footage of clashes between police and protestors, alongside compelling interviews with academics, police officers, and victims of police assault. The immediate context for Dufresne’s deeply thought-provoking film is France’s ’yellow vest’ movement, but its relevance, like the police violence it documents, is wide-ranging, equally applicable to pipeline protests in British Columbia, or efforts to prevent the clearing of encampments from Toronto parks.

 


2:30 pm: The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada (73 min.)
Vancouver Premiere
Keynote Speaker: James Cullingham, Director, The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada
The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada
confronts one of the most compelling human rights challenges of our day: the threat to journalists. Focusing on the lives of Abdulrahman Matar from Syria, Luis Nájera of México and Arzu Yildiz from Turkey, this documentary film investigates why they fled their countries and are seeking to rebuild their lives as refugees in Canada. All three now reside in the Greater Toronto Area, striving to re-invent themselves. Their stories and challenges illuminate the global struggle for free speech in a time of increasing threat to journalists.

 


4:00 pm: Joint panel discussion/Q&A following The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada with David Dufresne, Director, The Monopoly of Violence; Wade Deisman, Director of Academic Programs, Justice Institute of BC; James Cullingham, Director, The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada; Arzu Yildiz, Film Subject, The Cost of Freedom: Refugee Journalists in Canada
Moderator: Eseosa (Sosa) Eweka-Valentine

Director

David Dufresne (The Monopoly of Violence)

James Cullingham (The Cost of Freedom)

Credits
Country of Origin

France (The Monopoly of Violence)

Canada (The Cost of Freedom)

Year

2020

Language

In French with English subtitles (The Monopoly of Violence)

In English, Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish with English subtitles (The Cost of Freedom)

19+
260 min

Book Tickets

Saturday February 25

12:30 pm
Subtitles
VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
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Credits

Executive Producer

James Cullingham, Rob Viscardis, Pawel Dwulit (The Cost of Freedom)

Producer

Bertrand Faivre (The Monopoly of Violence); James Cullingham, Rob Viscardis (The Cost of Freedom)

Screenwriter

David Dufresne (The Monopoly of Violence); James Cullingham (The Cost of Freedom)

Cinematography

Edmond Carrère (The Monopoly of Violence); Pawel Dwulit (The Cost of Freedom)

Editor

Florent Mangeot (The Monopoly of Violence); Deborah Palloway (The Cost of Freedom)