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.
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.
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.
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.