abusive childhood

Family Affair

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 – 7:30pm
USA 2009.    Director: Chico Colvard
Post-screening discussion with Allan Wade

“As a 10-year-old, Chico Colvard accidentally shot his older sister in
the leg. This seemingly random act detonated a chain reaction that
exposed unspeakable realities and shattered his family. Thirty years
later, in his film Family Affair, Colvard ruptures the secrecy
and silence again. As he bravely visits his relatives, what unfolds is a
highly personal film — uncompromising, raw, and cathartic.


Wednesday, November 21, 2007 – 7:30pm
USA 2003. Director: Patty Jenkins 
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Stephen Hart 
Co-sponsored by the Medical Legal Society of British Columbia.

Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Oscar for her fearless portrayal of notorious serial murderer Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in Florida in 2002 after being convicted of killing six men over a nine month period. Wuornos confessed to seven murders, including that of a policeman, but claimed to have killed only in self-defence.

I Shot Andy Warhol

Thursday, September 16, 2004 – 7:30pm
USA, 1996. Director: Mary Harron
Post-screening discussion with Dr. Oliver Robinow

This film is a provocative dramatic interpretation of events in the
life of Valerie Solanas – the feminist who really did shoot Andy Warhol
in 1968. Although Warhol survived another two decades, it is reported
he never fully emotionally recovered from his near-death experience.
The film is remarkable for its devastating and convincing portrait of
the subculture that surrounded Warhol as well as its accurate gritty
characterization of Solanas as she descends into insanity.