An interview with Lucia Lorenzi, a postdoctoral fellow and anti-violence activist

*Content warning: domestic abuse*
On November 23rd, two days before the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins (on November 25th), join Reel Causes for the Vancouver premiere of the NFB’s gripping documentary A Better Man. This inspiring and courageous film follows Attiya Khan as she reaches out to her former abuser. The film screening is in support of We Can BC and Battered Women’s Support Services. There will be a post-film Q&A with local activists working to end gender-based violence in the local community.

Lucia Lorenzi, a postdoctoral fellow, anti-violence activist and consultant will be the moderator during our post-film discussion. Other panelists include Angela Marie MacDougall, the executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services.

We asked Lucia how Vancouverites can work together towards healing.

This film is unlike anything we’ve seen before, bringing healing and insight for women – and men, as we watch Attiya’s courage in meeting her former abuser, as well his voluntary act of taking responsibility for the violence. How do you think Vancouverites – victims, abusers and allies – can work towards healing?

Lucia: A big part of working towards healing really involves thinking locally. We need to focus on the violence that comes from the ongoing consequences of colonialism on these stolen lands many of us call home; and to ensure that those who are the most vulnerable to violence in our community – Indigenous folks, Black folks, queer and trans folks, sex workers – have the support they need. That means acknowledging that Vancouver isn’t just a place where there are many survivors, but also many people who do harm – these are all people we know. We need resources for both those who experience violence as well as resources for those who wish to stop using violence against others. Right now, neither set of resources are particularly well-funded, and we need to ask ourselves how that can become a priority.

Learn more (and contribute to the discussion) on November 23rd. Buy your tickets here!

What does “Common Threads” mean to you?

On September 14th, join Reel Causes for our second annual Common Threads screening of short films. Common Threads is a celebration that showcases the graduate films of Intersections Media Opportunities For Youth Society and other established local filmmakers. This year’s event includes a new collection of Messages to Younger Selves (a series of 11 animated shorts made by youth), a preview screening of Save Space Nugget (a locally-made environmental documentary from director Trish Neufeld), Mobilize and Sisters & Brothers (two films from the National Film Board of Canada) and Sweet Night. There will also be a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers.

We asked Chris Hindle (director of Intersections Media) and Trish Neufeld (director of Space Save Nugget) what we should expect on September 14th and what “Common Threads” means to them.

Messages to Younger Selves

Tell us about Message to Younger Selves
Chris: Film is a form of visual storytelling that is used to connect with others, but it can also be a way for youth to empower themselves. Message to Younger Selves is a series of short animated films that have helped many of our youth explore their issues in a highly creative format. The collection is a testament to what young individuals are capable of when they are equipped with sufficient tools for self-expression.

What does the theme “Common Threads” mean to you?
Chris: Regardless of who we are as individuals, the one thing we all have in common as humans is our need be heard and to know what we are saying matters. The theme “Common Threads” reflects this universal desire, by suggesting a communal space for localized and disparate voices. It also evokes the reconciliation of differences, setting aside age, gender and station, in favour of issues and ideas that resonate with everyone, not only on a personal, but a public level.

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Tell us about Save Space Nugget
Trish: The movie is a truly unique story of our times. A major corporate entity working with a small community for a mutual benefit…when does that happen? There are many challenges, stereotypes and perceptions that each side has to overcome. It’s also the story of a community reinventing itself, who we are and how do we want to grow, what values do we share as a collective. It’s a film you haven’t seen before.

What does the theme “Common Threads” mean to you?
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: Each one of us faces life challenges on a daily basis. We seek approval, love, appreciation. We struggle with relationships, boundaries, balance. Films are a wonderful way to share the stories of our lives. They make us feel like we are not alone and that there are “Common Threads” that connect us altogether, be it on a personal level or for a collective purpose.

On September 14th, you’ll also get to see…
Mobilize (Part of the NFB’s Souvenir series, this film takes us on an exhilarating journey from the Far North to the urban south, capturing the perpetual negotiation between the traditional and the modern by a people moving ever forward).

Sisters & Brothers (Part of the NFB’s Souvenir series, this short film draws parallels between the annihilation of the bison in the 1890s and the devastation inflicted on the Indigenous population by the residential school system).

Sweet Night (A young Métis woman reconnects with her Indigenous ancestry and begins a journey of self-discovery when she learns about sweet grass from her non-Native friend).

Meet the musicians from Marie Clements’ The Road Forward

On June 8th, in support of Lu’ma Native Housing Society, we will be screening the National Film Board of Canada documentary musical The Road Forward from Métis/Dene playwright and director Marie Clements. Clements first conceived of The Road Forward as live performance, premiering the piece in 2010 at the Aboriginal Pavilion of the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, which ran in conjunction with the 2010 Winter Olympics. “It’s exciting to be marrying music to documentary content,” says Clements.

The film’s original score, composed by Wayne Lavallee, features a powerhouse ensemble including Jennifer Kreisberg, Michelle St. John, Cheri Maracle, Ostwelve, Murray Porter, Russell Wallace and Shakti Hayes. In anticipation of our event on June 8th, we’ve decided to share some of the great work by these talented musicians. (Psst! Some of the musicians will be in attendance at the event for our post-film Q&A.)

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Cheri Maracle

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An interview with Harry Wruck, a lawyer with Ecojustice

On April 27th, five days after Earth Day, join Reel Causes as we explore the #ClimateRevolution. We will watch the documentary How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change from Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox; and learn about environmental issues in British Columbia from our community cause Ecojustice. Following the film there will be a Q&A with Ecojustice lawyer Harry Wruck and local change-makers.

We interviewed Harry Wruck in the lead-up to our event, to give you a taste of what to expect on the 27th.

In the documentary, the filmmaker travels to 12 countries on 6 continents to explore the topic of climate change globally. What are some of the most pressing issues contributing to climate change here in Canada/BC?
The first thing that comes to my mind is Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which faces fierce public opposition in British Columbia and is the subject of an ongoing Ecojustice lawsuit. This is a project that will lead to a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic through the critical habitat of endangered orcas (killer whales.) It will also expand Canada’s fossil fuel infrastructure and impede our transition to clean energy technologies at a time in which there is a clear scientific imperative to decarbonize our economy. And of course, many people are concerned about the increased risk of a massive oil spill, especially when we’ve seen how inadequate emergency clean-up efforts are for relatively minor spill incidents like the recent English Bay fiasco.

Coal exports are another issue that is weighing heavily on my mind these days. A few years ago, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority approved a project that could see four million tonnes of American thermal coal shipped through the Lower Mainland each year. This coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels in the world, would then be transferred to ships or barges, and ultimately exported to Asia. As you’ll see in the documentary, this coal is nasty stuff and contributes to the horrifying air pollution problems in China and causes serious health risks, including cancer, heart disease and asthma.

One of the reasons this project was put on the table in the first place is that various ports in California, Oregon and Washington have shut the door on permitting coal exports. So now, American coal companies are trying to go through Canada to get their coal to market as quickly as possible. My colleagues at Ecojustice and I have been working with local residents and community groups for the past three years to take the Port and the builder of the project, Fraser Surrey Docks, to court. This is hard-fought litigation. Lawyers for the Port and Fraser Surrey Docks have pulled out all the stops to prevent this case from ever being heard.  But they have been unsuccessful, and our case will finally be heard in May.

Our clients don’t want to see their communities become conduits for dirty coal. Not only are they concerned about the potential impacts posed to their health; they are also worried about the urgent need for action on climate change. And to be clear, shipping coal to Asia is inconsistent with the need to keep fossil fuels in the ground. In fact, scientific studies conclude that we need to keep 80{707270f93d4e79913c93e405818234de3d97bbf8a93a2a957154856abb85856e} of the world’s coal in the ground if we are to secure a livable earth for the next generation and limit warming to two-degrees above pre-industrial levels.

 

In the documentary, the filmmaker asks the questions: what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? Thoughts?
The challenges we face as a civilization are enormous, but we have no option but to rise to the challenge. I am always amazed at how resourceful and resilient people are. We want to survive, and we will fight hard to survive. The documentary really captures this human will to survive and protect what is most precious to us very well. All over the world, communities are using their knowledge, history, culture and unique skills to mobilize opposition to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and fight back against climate change. They do it because it’s how they can protect their homes, their culture and their way of life. That’s really all there is to it.

All of the impacts of climate change can be overwhelming: deforestation, rising temperatures, oil spills, etc. If someone feels inspired to take action, but overwhelmed with all the issues at hand, how would you recommend they get involved?
The most important thing to recognize is that each us has the power to do something, however big or small. I’ve never thought of myself as an “environmentalist”, but as a lawyer I can use my legal advocacy skills to bring important environmental issues before the courts. The clients I’m working with are terrific community organizers who have put their hearts and souls into protecting their families and their communities. And of course, Ecojustice has many generous supporters across the county. These people volunteer their time and money, and their valuable contributions to ensure that the team at Ecojustice has the resources we need to take on fights like the one against the Fraser Surrey Docks project.

When I see what’s happened with this coal project and how bravely our clients have stood up for their communities, I am motivated to help them fight for what’s right. Cases like these, when you’re challenging the government and industry, are like a David vs. Goliath battle. For many years, I worked for the federal government’s justice department, so more often than not I was the Goliath in those match-ups. Now I’m on the other side, and my focus now is on making sure my clients get their day in court— and that they have a good shot at winning.

At our event, we will have these posters for people to fill out. So we ask you: what are YOU fighting for?
If we continue on the present path I have no doubt that humanity and our planet is at serious risk of extinction. I want to play a small role in helping save our planet for my two kids.

Harry Wruck, Q.C., is a lawyer with Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Before joining Ecojustice, Harry served as a senior general counsel with the Department of Justice, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, including environmental prosecutions.

Ecojustice uses the law to protect nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all. Learn more about how Harry and the Ecojustice team are building the case for a better earth by visiting www.ecojustice.ca.

President’s Message: Welcome to our 2017 season

By: Bob Christie

Hello members and supporters of Reel Causes Society,

Following the 2017 Annual General Meeting on February 26th, the newly elected board of Reel Causes Society met for the first time; and the executive committee was nominated and elected. After sitting on the board for three years, I had the honour of being elected president, a role that I was definitely not expecting to take on for many more years; though I am completely thrilled that I’ve been put at the head of this organization that so perfectly matches my two passions of film and social justice. My hat goes off to outgoing president and founding director Dana DeKoven who worked particularly hard over the last few years, continuing to grow the organization and our impact and presence in the community. All her efforts and thoughtfulness will definitely be missed.

I’d also like to express a huge amount of gratitude to the returning board members: Jessica Somers (treasurer), Julia Brunzell (secretary) and Jen Foden (vice president), for rallying behind me and giving me the confidence to keep moving the organization forward. If you’ve ever been to a Reel Causes event, you know that they are really something special, heartwarming and productive; so it didn’t really take much convincing to pick up the reins. We’ve already met many great people! We have had inspiring conversations with our newly elected board members (meet them here) and our community partners about what we can do to create even greater change with the power of film in 2017.

We’re thrilled to start the year with a returning community cause, Ecojustice, on April 27th. We are still screening films to pair with this amazing organization that continuously tackles our country’s toughest environmental challenges, representing community groups, non-profits, First Nations and individual Canadians.

Programming the rest of the year has lead to some exciting discussions and has us asking what Canada’s 150th means for Reel Causes, an arts organization with a mandate for social change. We’ve not arrived at a theme or come to hard conclusions yet, but it has deepened our commitment to include Indigenous stories, and do our best to create a meaningful space for dialogue and reconciliation.

Mark your calendars for our events: April 27th , June 8th, September 14th and November 23rd. We have many ideas percolating and great organizations already on board to make this season our biggest and best to date. I hope you will join us for another great year of films, friends and action.

Sincerely,
Bob Christie
President, Reel Causes Society


Bob Christie is a filmmaker from Vancouver. He produced and directed the 2009 feature Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride that won ten best documentary awards and many other honours.

A Q&A with Kamloops filmmaker Jess Rothenburger

With everything going on in the world these days, we’re looking forward to giving back at the Reel Causes AGM with Global Solidarity Group. Learn about what Reel Causes and our community partners have accomplished over the past year and what our plans are for 2017. Following the AGM we will watch the film Gringos in the Garbage (a documentary about how a community in Nicaragua survives from others’ waste) and have a post-film discussion with the Kamloops filmmaker, and see first-hand how he helped create change through the power of film. The post-film discussion will be moderated by Tracy Friesen, Nation Film Board alum and author of the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. Proceeds from the screening will go to Global Solidarity Group, the non-profit organization which was formed as a vehicle to direct money to the community featured in the film.

We interviewed the filmmaker Jess Rothenburger about the film and the non-profit organization he started; and in the days leading up to the Feb. 26th event, shared his answers on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #ReelCausesGlobalSolidarity. Here is the entire Q&A.

Amongst all the places that you have been doing development work, what stood out for you with El Limonal?
Situated in the so-called “circle of death” between a leaky sewage plant, a cemetery and a garbage dump, there are few places I have ever seen that are so starkly “poor.” Yet, where one may expect to find a bunch of hapless victims of poverty, in El Limonal, one finds an extremely hard working, entrepreneurial and proud community.

gringosJessWhy did you decide to make a film about the people that live in El Limonal?
Having visited there many times in my capacity as a volunteer, I felt that I wanted to learn more about the community rather than just always scratching the surface. Warren felt the same way after volunteering in the community. The only way we could think of to be able to actually stay in the community was to make a documentary. Of course our intention was to raise awareness for the community, but the documentary was as much the result of our own selfish desire to get to know the community and to fulfil our own curiosity. How could these people survive in a garbage dump?

pickersHow did you make the film happen?
We made little videos asking for support on social media, and made countless phone calls and emails to our friends; we leveraged all the social capital we had and ultimately raised $8,000 from almost 200 people. And, it wasn’t until after we had actually filmed that we realized we had no idea what we were doing. As luck would have it, we got connected organically through a mutual contact to Ed Mochrie, a video editor and producer from Guelph, Ontario. Not only was he instrumental in actually piecing the movie together, but he was willing to do it for free! (To this day Warren and Jess have never met Ed in person.)

Why did you decide to form Global Solidarity Group?
Global Solidarity Group was formed in response to the interest and goodwill people were developing for El Limonal as a consequence of having seen the movie. People wanted to support El Limonal and so Global Solidarity Group was formed to help make this happen.

It is an impressive feat to start a non-profit. Tell us about how you went about making this happen and what compelled you to take this step?
We were compelled to start a non-profit to give people the peace of mind in knowing that their donations were going through a registered organization; the surprising amount of money and goodwill demanded the legitimacy and formality of a structured organization.

What have you achieved with Global Solidarity Group so far?
Thus far we have managed to raise enough money to sponsor over 50 families in El Limonal to benefit from a government program to get a house! (Families were required to have a $300 US deposit, which was virtually impossible for many.) Further, we have facilitated private donations, funded a small micro-credit loan program, sponsored English classes for children and provided many food package donations directly to the community.

What are you planning to do as an organization next?
Global Solidarity Group is in its infancy. This year the members of the GSG will take the time to better define what to do next. While exploring its next steps, it will continue to support the community of El Limonal.

What have you done with the film so far and what are your next steps with it?
We premiered the film at El Limonal in November 2015, and also have shown the movie on the big screen in Edmonton, Kamloops and London. We have done many, many fundraisers and shown the movie privately to small groups. We have released the movie independently on Vimeo. Our next step is to keep showing it to as many people who are interested in watching.

ladiesWhy are you excited to screen Gringos in the Garbage with Reel Causes in Vancouver?
Any opportunity to show our movie excites us! We are always humbled to have people watch something we spent years making. The opportunity to connect with more people in a large centre like Vancouver is much appreciated. Further, the opportunity to show our movie to a group of people who we know, through their affiliation with Reel Causes, are interested in social causes is particularly meaningful.

What film are you interested in making next?
We are currently in the process of planning our next shoot in Rwanda and/or Peru. However, rather than doing a full feature we are exploring the possibility of creating an online series of travel webisodes called ‘Gringos Around the Globe’, essentially using a similar format as we did with Gringos in the Garbage (i.e. integrating, living and working with people in communities in the developing world, and capturing their stories and our experience.)

Reflections from our Last Men Standing film screening

By: Arjun Shankar

Yesterday evening, Reel Causes, in partnership with the Positive Living Society of BC and the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, screened the documentary Last Men Standing. The film screening was a tremendous success, not only because Last Men Standing was moving and well made; but because our community of partners and supporters brought with them the vulnerability and resilience heralded in the film. I seldom saw a face in the audience not smiling, even through tears; and ultimately, this was and is the real testament to the evening. As someone with neither HIV or AIDS, I still felt like I was part of the community and more importantly, I realized that this issue is truly and necessarily representative of ALL of us. If nothing else (and there is more), I am very grateful to have shared in this lesson.

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The plot of the film is centered around eight HIV/AIDS survivors, each relaying accounts of their trials and achievements over the course of a lifetime—a lifetime that many said couldn’t and wouldn’t happen. This itself is a cause to celebrate, not only for the survivors, but for everyone who needs to be reminded that there is great hope and determination within the human spirit. The film also highlighted the gap between an improving set of medical prescriptions to alleviate HIV/AIDS symptoms, and an underrepresented social service system, particularly with respect to older LGBTQ individuals. Another noteworthy point was the understanding that HIV and AIDS are not exclusively LGBTQ or North American issues; in fact the majority of the world’s affected demographic is neither. What this means is that in addition to medical and bureaucratic support mechanisms, building capacity to address this issue requires knowledge, broad mindedness and empathy.

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When I returned home yesterday night, I thought about what I had actually learned and why it was valuable for me to be part of the event. The facts are very important and have to be shared so that people don’t forget: HIV and AIDS is an ongoing battle, one that is being waged every waking moment by those who must not be forgotten. In fact, one of the most powerful moments in the evening, from my perspective, was hearing people speak the names of loved ones who had passed on from HIV and AIDS. When those names were being said, I cried. Not because I understood firsthand all the details of their remarkable stories, or because I knew them—but because I could feel the love and sorrow with which they were spoken. This is the social memory that allows all of us to be part of this movement. And why I’m so grateful that we could all be a part of it.

Arjun Shankar is a lawyer, musician and Reel Causes board member.

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An interview with Last Men Standing’s filmmaker Erin Brethauer

On World AIDS Day, Reel Causes is honoured to partner with the Positive Living Society of BC to present the Vancouver premiere of the poignant new documentary Last Men Standing, about long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS.

We chatted with one of the film’s directors Erin Brethauer to learn more.

What inspired you to make Last Men Standing?
Last Men Standing started with Erin Allday, the health reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. During her reporting on HIV she started hearing about the men who were diagnosed during the height of the AIDS epidemic, during the days when it was a death sentence. She started meeting the men who survived somehow and proposed it as a project to the Chronicle editors. Tim Hussin and I were brought in to work on the story through video. After interviewing the eight men in the film, we realized that the stories were so rich that we were compelled to make a feature film.

What are some challenges you had to overcome in making this documentary?
One of the biggest challenges we faced was figuring out how to weave together the structure of the film. We tried to strike a delicate balance between sharing their experiences during the early days of AIDS and their current situations as long-term survivors.

lms_poster_8x11_webIs there a particular person/story in Last Men Standing that resonated with you the most?
I know this is a film about long-term HIV survivors but I think that everyone can relate to the very human struggles these men face. I learned so much from each of them, but the biggest take away for me is that humans can be so resilient. We can choose to move forward in life with openness and love despite living through terrible adversity and suffering.

How do you think the documentary will resonate with HIV/AIDS survivors in Vancouver?
I hope the documentary resonates with your audience in Vancouver by creating a safe space for people to revisit this painful era and process what happened. I hope it promotes understanding for the challenges these long-term survivors face today and starts conversations about what communities can do better in helping them. I also hope it gives younger viewers a greater understanding of this era.

What kind of action (and reaction) have you had from filmgoers who haven’t been personally affected by HIV/AIDS?
At other screenings we’ve had people tell us that going to the film helped them break through their isolation. Others told us it made them feel empowered. Someone told me the film helped him better understand family members who are gay and lived through that era. I think the film creates a space for us to listen to these stories and empathize.



What: Reel Causes ‘Remembering the Survivors’ event, an evening of awareness and discussion on HIV/AIDS, Vancouver premiere of film Last Men Standing, in support of the Positive Living Society of BC
When: World AIDS Day, Thursday December 1, 2016; doors 6:30 pm, show time 7:00 pm
Where: SFU Woodward’s Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre – 149 W. Hastings St, in the historic Woodward’s district
Tickets: $5 (with Reel Causes membership), $15 in advance online or at the door

The film is co-presented with Reel Causes’ friends at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

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Common Threads

Common Threads

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heart-of-the-city-logo-medOur upcoming film event on October 20th, 2016 is a unique collection of short films featuring stories that highlight the downtown eastside, indigenous issues, youth empowerment and mental health. With a mix of animation, documentary and drama, we are bringing together many voices from Vancouver that highlight our common experiences and connect all our diversity as a tapestry of community.

COMMON THREADS is part of the pre-festival line up of the 13th annual Heart of the City FestivalThis year the festival’s theme is Living on Shared TerritoryEvents and activities of the festival will focus and pay tribute to the Downtown Eastside’s founding peoples, cultures and diverse neighbourhoods.

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A special feature this year is the installation of the  Survivors Totem Pole  in Pigeon Park. In the words of carver Skundaal Bernie Williams (Haida/Coast Salish), it “honours the many people who have arrived and lived in the Downtown Eastside as survivors”.  Read more about this project here.

reel-people-0602Our line up of 100{707270f93d4e79913c93e405818234de3d97bbf8a93a2a957154856abb85856e} locally made  films for COMMON THREADS takes the concept of  Shared Territories, city-wide, and explores the many different intersections of community and identity that we are fortunate to experience across Vancouver. After premiering at the Cannes Film festival, Victory Square, directed by Jacquie Gould, will have its Vancouver debut with us. The short follows a new police officer (portrayed by Camille Sullivan) whose rotation takes her to the DTES. Terry Chen (Strange Empire; Continuum) plays a plainclothes officer with years of experience working in the turbulent community. Everyone else you see in Victory Square is a DTES resident. Gould credits DTES resident and photographer Donovan Mahoney for liaising with the community and shooting “real footage of real people with real respect.”

Not a Stranger directed by Kate Green and is the story of one man’s pursuit of real world human connection for 365 days while asking the question, ‘Can talking to strangers make you happy?’ The centre of the film is Colin Easton who started to interview one person a day and created a blog about it.

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The social justice filmmaking team Love Intersections brings us two films.  “Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits” which is the story of Duane, and his journey as someone who identifies as “Two Spirit” – a queer Aboriginal person, and Carla & Hayfa which through an intimate and touching lens looks at the relationship between a mother and her queer daughter and the impact of historical trauma on communities of refugees and their queer family members.

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Our community cause for this event is Intersection Media Opportunities for Youth Society and we are thrilled to feature a collection of inspiring and insightful shorts created by their participants, including the animated favourites Messages to Younger Selves.

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Based in the DTES, their program offers an
employability and life skills workshop and work experience opportunity to youth facing multiple barriers to employment.

Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society is seeking participants (ages 18-30) for its 2016–2017 Workshops. Each program includes a 4 week digital media and employment skills training workshop, followed by a 210 hour work experience placement. To learn more, click here!

There are many ways in which you or your organization can become involved with helping Intersections, including equipment or funding donations, and work experience placements. For more information, please click the following link:  How Can I Help?

Please join us for a diverse evening full of thought provoking films and meet the filmmakers and film participants, including Jacquie Gould, David Ng, Jen Sunshine, Intersections Media and many more. See you there!

October 20, 2016
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward’s
149 W. Hastings
Doors: 6:30, Show Time: 7:00

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Reel Causes co-presents “Fire at Sea” at VIFF 2016

Reel Causes co-presents “Fire at Sea” at VIFF 2016

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For the 5th year in a row, we are excited to be an Outreach Partner for the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) which runs September 29 – October 14, 2016. We will be co-presenting the critically acclaimed documentary Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi on Oct 5th, 12th & 14th. Get tickets!

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The internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival  is among the five largest film festivals in North America, screening films from more than 70 countries on nine screens.  The programming platforms make the festival unique: they screen one of the largest selections of East Asian films outside of that region, are one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and have a large and vibrant documentary program.

Each year the festival attracts a large and enthusiastic audience and remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.”

This year, VIFF launches VIFF HUB, a central location for experiences beyond film. The transformed Vancouver International Film Centre will host interactive screen-based experiences, talks, sessions and events with leaders in creative industries that are designed to educate and inspire public and industry attendees alike.

This year, our partner film is “Fire at Sea”(Fuocoammare) which is a documentary directed by Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA). The film was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa and chronicles life on the Italian island, the focal point for Europe’s ongoing refugee/migrant crisis. It sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders. The film centers around a twelve-year-old boy from a local fishing family and a doctor who treats the migrants on their arrival.

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This film has been met with rave reviews from The Guardian, Variety  and the Financial Times

On a recent episode of the Current on CBC Radio, Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed director Gianfranco Rosi. The acclaimed Italian filmmaker spent a year and a half in Lampedusa documenting the tragedy of the migrant crisis and the everyday lives of the islanders. He shares his experience with Tremonti on what it was like bearing witness to a humanitarian disaster.The full article and interview can be found here.

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“When I encountered death one day in the middle of the sea, and we found out that under this boat there were 50 people that died… I decided to include this piece of film, this moment of tragedy in my film, which was a very hard decision you know, to show death is not easy to film.” Gianfranco Rosi

 

More information about this films’ schedule as part of VIFF can be found here.

Join us for a screening of this powerful film during the festival.

Wed. Oct 5, 5:30 pm, Intl Village 8

Wed. Oct 12, 11:15 am, Intl Village 10

Fri. Oct 14, 6:45 pm, Vancity

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