October 3, 2022
7:30 PM
The Vic Theatre: 808 Douglas Street, Victoria

Happening recounts the journey of a young woman’s physical and emotional battle to access illegal abortion in a desperate race against the clock.

Venice Film Festival Golden Lion winner, Happening has been hailed as one of the year’s most important films, with rave reviews from critics across the board (99% on Rotten Tomatoes).

France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame, pain, and even prison.

Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel, Happening recounts the physical and emotional battle to access illegal abortion. A powerful and gripping drama set in a society that condemned female desire and sexual liberty.

“French abortion drama Happening is poignant, pressing, essential cinema!”
– Globe and Mail

“A stylish time capsule reaching into the present with unnerving clarity. Abortion care is still so hard — this film makes that fact sink into your bones.”
– Ella Kemp, Empire Magazine

“One of the best films of the year… vital, sobering… It’s hard to think of a film more necessary in the current moment.”
– David Jenkins, Little White Lies

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The National Abortion Federation Canada promotes, enhances, and ensures access to quality abortion care. NAF Canada does this through offering education, informing the public and advocating for improved access, engaging in research, and providing direct support to women and pregnant people with barriers to accessing the abortion care they need. 

A national organization and a registered charity, NAF Canada works with facilities across the country and supports breaking down the stigma surrounding accessing and providing abortion care.

Post-film panel discussion with:

  • Jill Doctoroff, Executive Director at National Abortion Federation Canada
  • Joyce Arthur, Executive Director at Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation around the issues that affect us locally.

City of Vancouver
BC Arts Council
Canada Council for the Arts
SFU's Vancity Office of Community  Engagement
Consumer Protection BC