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As I Fall (Når jeg faller)

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 7:30pm
Norway 2018 Dir: Magnus Meyer Arnesen. 91 DCP

Vancouver Premiere! Although a heroin addict for years, 29-year-old Joachim (Preben Hodneland) manages to hold down a restaurant job and attend regular appointments with his court-appointed psychiatrist. This all changes when he is contacted from prison by ex-girlfriend Maria (Alexandra Gjerpen)… Post-screening discussion with Dr. Nick Mathew.

Rewind

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 7:30pm

USA 2019 Sasha Joseph Neulinger 86 DCP Rewind, a wrenching documentary family portrait made, twenty years later, by the self-same Sasha Neulinger as he attempts to reconcile with a childhood that was taken from him.

Love and Empty Words (Miłość i puste słowa)

January 15, 2020 7:30pm
Poland 2018 Director Małgorzata Imielska 78 min DCP

Vancouver Premiere! Married for almost forty years, Adam and Wanda’s hopes that their happy life will continue into old age are shattered when Wanda is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease…. An intense and intimate film that doesn’t shy away from the difficult moments, Love and Empty Words is ultimately a stirring portrait of the enduring strength of love. Post-screening discussion with Maria Howard, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the BC Psychogeriatric Association.

Day One

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 7:30 pm
USA 2018 Dir. Lori Miller 81 min DCP

Vancouver Premiere! In her native Afghanistan, Liza’s determination to attend school resulted in death threats. For Faiza, a Somalian refugee displaced to Kenya, education wasn’t something her family could afford. Newcomers to the U.S., Liza and Faiza, both now 14, are inseparable best friends at the Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a unique public school in St. Louis, Missouri, catering exclusively to refugees and immigrants.

False Confessions

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:30pm
Denmark 2018. Director: Katrine Philp 91min DCP

Vancouver Premiere! Think it couldn’t happen to you? Think again. According to psychologist Saul Kassin, a renowned expert on the subject, false confessions can be extracted from just about anyone. His startling insights are front and centre in this eye-opening, sometimes jaw-dropping documentary, which follows Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, a defense attorney in New York doggedly working to overturn wrongful convictions.

More Earth Will Fall (Vai Cair Mais Terra)

Wednesday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
UK/Brazil, 2017. Dirs: Sam Liebmann and Lee McKarkiel. 74 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Set inside one of Brazil’s largest favelas, More Earth Will Fall is a documentary feature that cuts through the sensationalism of guns, drugs and gangs to tell the intimate story of one family’s struggle to realise a simple dream. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kirby Huminuik. Co-sponsored by Immigrant Services Society of B.C. and The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.

Bedlam

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – 7:30 pm
USA, 2019. Dir: Kenneth Paul Rosenberg. 85 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! The practice of committing mentally ill individuals to long-term institutions reached its apex in the 1950s, when over half a million people in the United States resided within asylums. With the de-institutionalization movement of the 1960s, these places all but disappeared, but the resources meant for community-based care never materialized. Post-screening discussion (via Skype) with Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg.

Good Neighbours (Goede Buren)

Wednesday, June 19 – 7:30 PM
Netherlands, 2018. Dir: Stella van Voorst van Beest. 80 mins. DCP

Vancouver Premiere! When an elderly woman in Rotterdam lies dead in her apartment for 10 years before her body is discovered, residents of the city are appalled. To ensure it never happens again, city council launches a campaign to combat loneliness, one that begins with home visits to everyone over the age of 75 to assess their level of isolation. Post-screening discussion with Eddy Elmer.

Fugue (Fuga)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – 7:30pm
Poland/Czech Republic/Sweden 2018. Dir: Agnieszka Smoczyńska. 102 min. DCP.

Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Lure) directs a moody psychodrama about a woman struggling to reconcile her past and present lives. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Ingrid Söchting

The Raft (Flotten)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – 7:30pm
Sweden/Denmark/USA/Germany 2018. Dir: Marcus Lindeen. 97 min. DCP

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! The baffling Acali Experiment of 1973 is recounted in Marcus Lindeen’s utterly engrossing documentary. Post-screening discussion with Dale Beyerstein and Jennifer Gibson.