Wednesday March 20, 2024 7:00pm
Gabor Maté, physician and author of best-selling books In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts and When the Body Says No, is one of Canada’s most celebrated intellectuals. Known for his work on addiction, trauma, and harm reduction, in Physician, Heal Thyself Maté offers a rare glimpse into his personal life…Maté’s reflections remind us that healing, emotional growth, and self-acceptance are a continual process, even for those who have achieved outward success. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Gabor Maté and director Asher Penn.
Wednesday February 21, 2024 7:00 pm
Oscar-nominated director Maite Alberdi builds on her impressive oeuvre with The Eternal Memory, her most celebrated work to date. Filmed over several years, Alberdi’s tender portrait captures couple Augusto Góngora and Paulina Urrutia as they cope with the progression of Augusto’s Alzheimer’s disease. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Benjamin Bryce and Dr. Elisabeth Drance.
Wednesday January 17, 2024 7:00 pm
In 1999, when Nisha Platzer was 11 years old, her older brother Josh died by suicide. Twenty years later, the Vancouver-based artist traces the past using the art of analogue filmmaking in her debut feature documentary, back home. Through contemplative narration and fragmentary film sequences, Nisha documents her efforts to reconnect with the memory of her deceased brother.
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 7:00pm
Vancouver Premiere! A touching account of the complexities of aging and the burden of care experienced by family members who take on the responsibility. Best Directing – International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2022. Post-screening discussion with Amanda Brown, RSW
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
USA 2023 Sophie Compton, Reuben Hamlyn 80 min. DCP
A young engineering student has her life turned upside down after her face is digitally altered to appear on the body of a porn actress. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Jason Winters and Dr. Carolin Klein.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 7:00pm
Canada 2021 Director: Michael McGowan 103 min PG
Based on the novel by preeminent Canadian author Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows is a family drama about two sisters leading very different lives. Yoli (Alison Pill), a struggling writer, and Elf (Sarah Gadon), a successful concert pianist, are each uniquely impacted by the suicide of their father. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Derryck Smith and Dr. Tyler Black, facilitated by Dr. Alison Freeland, MD, FRCPC, DFCPA. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Psychiatric Association
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 7:00pm
New Zealand 2021. Director Michelle Savill
A festival favourite at Berlin, Edinburgh, and SXSW, Millie Lies Low is an exemplary feature debut from Michelle Savill, a comedy/drama with enough heart and chutzpah to rival the best of her Kiwi compatriot Taika Waititi. Post-screening discussion with Mark Antczak and Judith Law. Screening co-sponsored by Anxiety Canada.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 7:00pm
Vancouver Premiere – Lene Marie Fossen’s self portraits will break your heart. Beautifully composed and artfully presented, they are nevertheless photographs of a young woman in the throes of a long and drawn-out process of self-starvation. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Seena Grewal
Wednesday June 14, 2023 7:00 pm
A veteran of ten years work in the DTES, Colin Askey was known and trusted. Using a fly-on-the-wall observational approach, his film portrays the community members who work at Overdose Prevention Society in the DTES with the same clear-eyed compassion as those who use its services. Post-screening discussion with Sarah Blyth and Amy Evans.
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 7:00pm
Vancouver Premiere! A unique depiction of the immigrant experience, American school gun violence and mental health. More than that, it strives to explore the complexities of a mother’s love.
Naomi Brady, Austin Chronicle. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Paige Zhang, an emergency and consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Vancouver General Hospital.