Wednesday, October 16 – 7:30 pm
UK/Brazil, 2017. Dirs: Sam Liebmann and Lee McKarkiel. 74 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Vito and Rosangela came to Rio de Janeiro in search of a better life for their young children. Like untold thousands before them, they ended up in one of the city’s notorious favelas, eking out a precarious living on the margins of society. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Kirby Huminuik. Co-sponsored by Immigrant Services Society of B.C. and The Vancouver Latin American Film Festival.
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.
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.
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
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.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 7:30pm
USA 2018. Dir: Sandra Luckow. 101 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Sandra Luckow’s powerful new film concerns her brother’s diagnosis of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia. Post-screening discussion with Sandra Luckow and Dr. Randall F. White.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 2017. Dir: Deborah Haywood. 82 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! An eccentric single mother and her teenager daughter are beleaguered by bullies in Deborah Haywood’s feature debut. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Tyler Black, medical director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at BC Children’s Hospital.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – 7:30pm
Finland 2018. Dir: Juho-Pekka Tanskanen. 85 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Filmed at street level in expressive black-and-white, this documentary follows an undocumented migrant living in Spain. Post-screening discussion with Kirby Huminuik.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 7:30pm
USA 2018. Dir: Rachel Israel. 93 min. DCP
Taking the step of casting people with ASD to portray characters with ASD, director Rachel Israel crafts an authentic and often very funny love story. Post-screening discussion with Shannon Muir.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 – 7:30pm
Switzerland 2017. Dir: Dominik Locher. 85 min. DCP
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Writer-director Dominik Locher’s film is an engrossing exploration of traditional male and female gender roles. Post-screening discussion with Dr. John Oliffe, Professor in UBC’s School of Nursing, and founder and lead investigator of UBC’s Men’s Health Research program.