The Department of Communication and Culture and University of Calgary Film Society Present

Sustainable Deception

Sustainable Deception/ Déception Durable (2014)

WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

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ABOUT THE FILM:

A story of how large-scale resource extraction negatively impacts communities at opposite ends of our country. Having grown up in Fort Assiniboine, Alberta and Sept-Iles, Quebec respectively, my partner and I realized that the same socio-economic effects were found in both the communities affected by the Alberta Oil Sands and the Plan Nord in Quebec.

Once the Plan Nord is completed it will be the second largest industrial project after the Alberta Oil Sands. Mine Arnaud is being presented to the reluctant city of Sept-Iles which is set to be the largest open-pit mine in Quebec, and was already rejected by the Bureau d’Audiences Publiques sur l’Environnement in February 2014.

- See more at: http://deceptiondurable.org/

Directed by Michelle Moore and William Ray

30 minute discussion with filmmakers to follow screening.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 2, 2015 — 10:27 am

Poverty, Inc.

Poverty, Inc. (2014)

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WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

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ABOUT THE FILM:

“I see multiple colonial governors,” says Ghanaian software entrepreneur Herman Chinery-Hesse of the international development establishment in Africa. “We are held captive by the donor community.”

The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry — the business of doing good has never been better.

Yet the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.

Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.

From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question: Could I be part of the problem?

- See more at: http://www.povertyinc.org/

Directed by Michael Matheson Miller

30 minute discussion with filmmakers to follow screening.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: January 19, 2015 — 4:55 am

Everyday Rebellion

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Everyday Rebellion (2013)

WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

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ABOUT THE FILM:

Everyday Rebellion is a cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide.

What does the Occupy movement in New York have in common with the Spanish Indignados protests or the Arab Spring? Is there a connection between the struggle of the Iranian democracy movement and the nonviolent uprising in Syria and what is the link between the Ukrainian topless activists of Femen and an Islamic culture like Egypt? And to top it off, what do Serbia and Turkey have to do with all this?

The reasons for the various people’s uprisings in these countries may be diverse, but the creative nonviolent tactics they use in their struggles are strongly connected to each other. So are the activists who share these strategies, new ideas and established methods. Everyday Rebellion is a story about the richness of peaceful protest, acted out everyday by passionate people from Spain, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, USA, UK and Serbia. These methods are inventive, funny and sometimes even aggressive. And the activists who use them believe that creative nonviolent protest will win over violent protest – and they are right. Nonviolence has scientifically been proven to be more effective and successful than violent protest. And the users of nonviolence are feared because they are rapidly changing the world and challenging dictatorships as well as global corporations.

Everyday Rebellion is a tribute to the creativity of the nonviolent resistance. The project studies the consequences of a modern and rapidly changing society where new forms of protest to challenge the power of dictatorships and sometimes also global corporations are invented everyday. Everyday Rebellion wants to give voice to all those who decide not to use violence to try changing a violent system. Because, as Ghandi said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

- See more at: http://www.everydayrebellion.net/

Directed by The Riahi Brothers

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AWARDS:

• CPH:DOX 2013 – Politikens Audience Award

• CINEMA FOR PEACE 2014 – Most Valuable Documentary Nominee

• SXSW 2014 – Interactive Awards Finalist

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: October 6, 2014 — 4:12 am

No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka

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No Fire Zone (2013)

WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

 

ABOUT THE FILM:

No Fire Zone tells the story of the final months of the 26-year long Sri Lankan civil war. The story is told by the people who lived through it – and through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever seen.This footage was recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras during the final 138 days of hell which form the central narrative of the film.

Directed by Callum Macrae

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AWARDS:

• Nuremberg Film Festival Audience Award

• Brussels Festival de Liberte FIDH Human Rights Award

• Jury Special Mentions: CPH:DOX (Copenhagen) and Film South Asia (Nepal)

Please join Movies That Matter for our premiere film screening of the 2014-2015 season.

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: September 18, 2014 — 7:26 pm

Join us for our last film screening of the season: Plot for Peace

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Plot for Peace (2013)

WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

 

ABOUT THE FILM:

Plot for Peace tells the strange and mysterious story of a lone French business men, who behind closed doors, was instrumental in releasing Mandela from prison. Utilizing interviews with figures directly involved with the historical events (including Winnie Mandela), Plot for Peace sheds light on a part of history that for so long lay hidden. As exciting as any political thriller, directors Carlos Agullo and Many Jacobson shows the complexities of international real politik and a rare look at the combination of social and economic forces that finally brought Apartheid to its knees. Filled with tense moments that would rival those of Argo, Plot for Peace is an inspiring film that shows us the power of a single individual to influence the course of history.

Directed by Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson

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AWARDS:

• Galway Film Fleadh International Documentary Award

• São Paulo International Jury Award for Best Documentary

• Audience Award for Best International Documentary

Please join Movies That Matter for our final film screening of the 2013-2014 season.

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: March 17, 2014 — 12:08 am

Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio (2013), A film by Rodrigo Reyes

WHEN

Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

ABOUT THE FILM

Following in the poetic tradition of Terence Malick, Ron Fricke and Werner Herzog, Purgatorio is a beautiful, elegant portrait of the US Mexican border and the lives of those who live in its shadow. At some moments cynical, others hopeful, the film offers us a difficult, direct and often brutal vision of the border, which is ultimately framed as a testament to human division, separation and indifference towards each other. Rather than taking a “Voice of God” or a talking head approach, director Rodrigo Reyes limits his voice-over to offering poetic contexts to the images, and rather than speaking for the subjects he allows them to speak for themselves, with all their faults and complexities. So although the images are often disturbing, they work in a holistically way, as an interrogation and exploration of human separation.

Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
Produced by Inti Cordera
Executive Producer: Hugo Perez
Cinematography by Justin Chin
A co-production of RR CINEMA, LA MAROMA PRODUCTIONS and FOPROCINE
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PRESS

“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier” – Andrew Barker, VARIETY

“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” – Christine Davila, IndieWIRE

“Beautifully photographed, exquisitely crafted film with poetic overtones and a wide sweeping vision” – Alan Berliner, Documentary Filmmaker

AWARDS

Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD

• 25 New Faces of Independent Film, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

TRIVIA

Purgatorio was shot with a film crew of three over the course of 4 weeks in Mexico during Fall 2011

• The idea for the film was seeded in 2009 during Reyes’ harsh encounter with the realities of the Mexico/US border while filming in Mexico for the experimental documentary Memories of the Future

• The film maker spent 2 years as a Spanish interpreter in an emergency room and a state court to fund Purgatorio

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 18, 2014 — 3:29 am

Tough Bond

Wednesday 29th January

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

With special apologies to everyone who came out for our cancelled November screening, we begin 2014 with a presentation of the previously scheduled Tough Bond. We’ll have special treats to hand out to attendees this month to make up for the mishap.

ABOUT THE FILM

They call themselves “Survivors”: Kenya’s new generation of displaced youth. Cut off from their traditional villages, huffing Tough Bond glue to endure the hell of street life.

Tough Bond follows four children living in an urban wilderness where family can only be found with their fiercely loyal “survivor” gang. Together they brave violence, hunger, and AIDS without a community or a government to protect them. Raw and unflinching, Tough Bond emerges from slum alleyways and villages gripped by decay to deliver an alarming portrait of life in modern Kenya.

Directed by Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg

Produced by the Village Beat, and Executive producers Sam Citron and Brian

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

 

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 18, 2014 — 3:28 am

Fire in the Blood

Wednesday 30th October

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

 

ABOUT THE FILM

An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.

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30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR DYLAN MOHAN GRAY.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: October 11, 2013 — 5:19 pm

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Wednesday 25th September

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it.

30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING WITH DR. TOM KEENAN

We are pleased to announce our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Tom Keenan Professor of Environmental Design and Computer Science at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Tom Keenan, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP combines a deep computer science background with a lively appreciation of the legal and social issues that make technology so interesting.  He was educated at Columbia University earning degrees in philosophy, mathematics, engineering and education.   A committed lifelong learner, he learned how to fly a plane in Alberta, defuse an IED in Afghanistan, and scrub in on a liver transplant in Belgium.

A frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television, he writes a regular column for the Postmedia newspaper chain and is National Technology Correspondent for the Business Edge News Magazine.  Tom is often quoted in business and trade publications, and has been a featured speaker at many industry and academic events.  He has testified as an expert witness in a number of technology-related civil and criminal cases and serves on boards including the ICTC Council of Canada, the Alberta Capital Markets Foundation and the SEEDS Foundation.

At the University of Calgary he has been a professor in several faculties, pioneering dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education, and founding director of the Shad Valley Program for gifted teenagers.  He currently serves as Professor of Environmental Design, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

(403) 220-7437
keenan@ucalgary.ca
Twitter:  @drfuture
Blog:  decreeping.wordpress.com

 

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: August 27, 2013 — 6:02 pm
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