Great cinema has the power to educate, inspire and foster empathy across cultures. However, getting a chance to see independent films is often a challenge. Year-round, at the Vancity Theatre, we screen some of the world's best cinema and we are thrilled to offer student-focused matinees with flexible booking times.
Unless otherwise specified, screenings dates and times are relatively flexible and can be booked any time during the week provided there are no rentals in the theatre and the group size is 50+. The dates currently listed on the website are for public screenings and does not include the VIFF High screenings. In the event that you do not have 50 students interested in a screening, please send through a couple date requests, and we would be happy to combine you with another school at a time which works well for you both.
Tickets are $8/student, and we can offer complimentary tickets for up to 4 teachers and supervisors.
ANIMATED SHORTS INFO + TICKETS
ANIMATED SHORTS: VARIOUS, VARIOUS, 2015, 105 MIN.
SHORTS (LIVE ACTION) INFO + TICKETS
SHORTS (LIVE ACTION): VARIOUS, VARIOUS, 2015, 120 MIN.
Each year the Vancity Theatre is proud to present the nominees for the Academy Award for Best Short Film in the Live Action and Animation categories.
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Tricks on the Dead
Jordan Paterson, Canada/China/France/Belgium, 2014, 95 min.
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Jordan Paterson's docudrama delves into a little-known chapter of Canadian history. In 1916, as WWI raged on and the Allied forces suffered devastating casualties, 140,000 indentured Chinese labourers were charged with digging trenches and clearing the dead. Of this number, 85,000 members of what was called the "Chinese Labour Corps" were secretly transported from Vancouver to Halifax in locked trains and then shipped to the Western Front.
The film follows Zhang Yan, a student from the same Shandong villages as the labourers of WWI, as he travels three continents to reconnect Chinese families to their missing ancestors who died overseas. Following the diary notes of a young Chinese interpreter from the war, he hopes to restore the collective memory of those in China who have largely forgotten the journey these men made nearly 100 years ago.
In turn, through intrepid research, interviews, rotoscoped animation and re-enactments, Paterson backs Voltaire's assertion that "history is nothing but a pack of tricks we play upon the dead."
VIFF 2015 BC Spotlight #mustseeBC Winner
The Sound of Trees
(Le bruit des arbres)
FRANÇOIS PÉLOQUIN, canada, 2015, 77 min.
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François Péloquin's debut is a subtle and charming coming-of-age story. Jérémie (It's Not Me, I Swear!'s Antoine L'Écuyer) dreams of a very different life from the one awaiting him at the family sawmill (presided over by Roy Dupuis). However, his crazy joyride comes to an end when a fateful mistake shatters his fragile world. Péloquin drafts an impressive chronicle of one teenager's summertime crucible. "Affecting and beautifully shot." — Hollywood Reporter
Winner VIFF 2015, Emerging Canadian Director
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Mary Dore, USA, 2014, 87 min.
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It was a paradigm shift. In the space of just a few years, between the mid 1960s and the early 1970s, women successfully overturned chauvinist orthodoxy and redefined their role in society. They opened up careers that had been a male preserve for centuries, and they took control of their own bodies by insisting on abortion rights. They demanded equality and commanded respect, and they accomplished all this through collective action, advocacy, poetry and protest, burning bras and beating drums, speaking out and challenging each other to transcend their own indoctrination. It was a time of liberation.
Mary Dore's film talks to women from all areas of the movement, from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's lib; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of W.I.T.C.H. (Women's International Conspiracy from Hell!). Artfully combining dramatizations, performance and archival imagery, the film recounts the stories of women who fought for their own equality, and in the process inspired a worldwide revolution that is still being fought to this day.
"This stirring and Informative documentary about the rise of the women's movement in the United States, between 1966 and 1971, is an enticing blend of historical clips and interviews. There's a warm, wise, passionate glow to [...] a great political success story. Visionary and heroic."- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"Captures the excitement, electricity, humor and power of women realizing that they are not crazy, the system is crazy. By showing women as they take this great leap forward in consciousness and activism in the 1960s and early 1970s, Mary Dore makes revolution contagious for the far greater numbers of younger women who are making new leaps of consciousness and activism now. Seeing is believing. To see this documentary will help all women believe in ourselves and each other." - Gloria Steinem, founder, Ms. Magazine
Following the Ninth:
In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony
Kerry Candaele, USA, 2013, 78 min.
Filmed on 5 continents and in 12 countries, Following The Ninth is the story of four people whose lives have been transformed, repaired and healed by the 9th's message:' Alle Menschen werden Bruder (All People Are Connected).' Part road trip, part adventure, Following The Ninth is a story about the power of music and human resilience in dark times.
Just Film Festival
LIST OF FILMS
Choose any film featured at Just Film Festival. The Just Film Festival features social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the planet.
See justfilm.ca, and viff.org program and ticket info.
KDocs Documentary Film Festival
LIST OF FILMS
Choose any film featured at KDocs. KDocs is Kwantlen Polytechnique University's very own Documentary Film Festival, led by learners and educators from all of KPU's communities. KDocs contributes to KPU's engagement of various and varied communities, through documentary screenings and community dialogue, in critical thinking and understanding about ourselves, our communities, and our world.
Note: If you choose to attend the 10:30AM Drone screening or the 2:00PM The Mask You Live Inscreening during the Kdocs festival on February 19th, there will be a short Q&A following the screening. If you choose to view these films on another day, we can not guarantee a post-screening discussion.
See kpu.ca/kdocs, and viff.org program and ticket info.
TICKETS + INFORMATION
Call 604.683.FILM (3456) for up-to-date information on listings and showtimes. For tickets and membership, please visit www.viff.org.
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