Yearly Archives: 2007

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2006. Director Stanley Nelson
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Barry Beyerstein

The 1960s ushered in nearly two decades of intense social and cultural tumult; change was in the air, revolution on the horizon, and all things seemed possible. Many looked to transcendental meditation, free love, Black Power, or LSD. But for some, Jim Jones, the charismatic and forceful leader of Peoples Temple, offered the perfect balance of spiritual fulfillment and political commitment.

Autism is a World + Autism Every Day

Wednesday, March 21 – 7:30pm
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Vikram Dua
Co-sponsored by the Autism Society of British Columbia

A 2005 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short, Autism is a World tells the story of Sue Rubin, a young woman with autism.

Autism Every Day offers an honest, unvarnished portrayal of the challenges faced by several families as they confront, with uncompromising hope and unconditional love, the difficulties of raising an autistic child.

The Sea Inside (Mar adentro)

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 – 7:30pm
Spain/France/Italy 2004. Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Romayne Gallagher
Co-sponsored by the UBC Division of Palliative Care

Winner of the 2005 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Alejandro Amenábar’s The Sea Inside is based on the true story of Ramón Sampedro, a Spaniard who was paralyzed in a diving accident at the age of 25 and spent the next thirty years of his life fighting a legal campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity.

Shameless: The Art of Disability

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 – 7:30pm
Canada 2006. Director: Bonnie Sherr Klein
Post-screening discussion with Bonnie Sherr Klein
Co-sponsored by National Film Board of Canada.

Art, activism, and disability are the starting points for what unfolds as a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals. Shameless marks Not a Love Story director Bonnie Sherr Klein’s return to a career interrupted by a catastrophic stroke in 1987. Always the activist, she now turns her lens on the world of disability culture and, ultimately, the transformative power of art.