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

Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World (with director in attendance).

When and Where: 

Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00pm

In ICT 122 (links to a pdf campus map and an interactive room finder can be found here).

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About the Film:

We are very excited to present Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, the winner of the Best Canadian Documentary award at HotDocs 2015, with director Charles Wilkinson in attendance!

This breathtaking film documents the natural beauty of Haida Gwaii, as well the people who live on the remote island. Featuring gorgeous panoramic cinematography of the island and its surrounding waters, the film tells the story of the Haida people, who lived on the island for over 10,000 years before contact with the outside world. Since contact, the island has been subject to rampant logging and over-fishing that threatens the natural world. In addition, the island sits directly in the path of the proposed Oil Sands pipeline to Asia. As the outside, commercial world threatens this natural paradise, the need for awareness is stronger than ever.

Please join is at 7 pm on February 24th in ICT 122 to screen this breathtaking, important and critically acclaimed film.

Directed by Charles Wilkinson

See more at http://charleswilkinson.com/

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

Free for students with ID and for the community by donation (cash or non-perishable food) to the Campus Food Bank.

30 Minute Question and Answer period with Charles Wilkinson to follow the screening.

Updated: February 9, 2016 — 10:25 am

Radical Grace

When and Where: 

Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00pm

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

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About the Film:

Executive Produced by Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, Radical Grace interweaves the stories of three nuns who believe in justice so deeply that they’ll risk their place in the church they love to be true to their faith. From the halls of Congress to Saint Peter’s Square, we follow the sisters as they shake up the Catholic Church and American politics. This film is both an exploration of the American Catholic Church at a critical turning point and an intimate portrait of the transformative power of personal conviction.

“Back in 2011, I didn’t set out to make a film about religion. What became Radical Grace started out as a project documenting unique acts of social justice. That’s how I stumbled into the amazing work and life of Sister Jean Hughes, who was working with formerly incarcerated felons on the West Side of Chicago. Before that, my image of Catholic nuns was drawn entirely by Hollywood. I thought they all wore habits, lived a cloistered life of prayer and ritual and were very conservative. Sister Jean exploded my stereotypes. Her passion for justice, and deep, irreverent spirituality had me hooked” – Director Rebecca Parish

Acclaimed at festivals and by critics, we are proud to present Radical Grace as our January screening.

Directed by Rebecca Parish

See more at http://radicalgracefilm.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.

30 Minute Question and Answer period with filmmakers to follow the screening.

Updated: January 19, 2016 — 9:30 pm

Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls

When and Where: 

Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00pm

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

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About the Film:

Petals in the Dust: The Endangered Indian Girls examines the condition of an endangered class of people living in one of the most populous, culturally and economic vibrant countries: modern India. They come from all walks of life and share only one common trait: they are female.
A patriarchal mindset, a preference for sons and a deep-seated intolerance has led to the murder of 50 million girls and women in India in the last century. They continue to lose their lives in this century to infanticide, sex-selective abortions, starvation and medical neglect, dowry deaths and brutal gang rapes. The declining female population is also leading to increased crimes against women including trafficking and bride buying. By 2020 there will be 20 percent more men than women.
The film explores the cultural origins of this vast genocidal crime and includes the voices of activists and gender experts. By profiling the unimaginable stories of brave survivors, viewers enter the chilling realities girls and women are currently enduring, providing a sense of urgency in helping to change status quo.

Directed by Nyna Pais Caputi

See more at http://petalsinthedust.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: November 6, 2015 — 7:57 pm

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

When and Where: 

Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm

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

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About the Film:

Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored—cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put itself at the vanguard of that change.

THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is the first feature length documentary to explore the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when a movement derails. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Featuring Kathleen Cleaver, Jamal Joseph, and many others, THE BLACK PANTHERS: VANGUARD OF THE REVOLUTION is an essential history and a vibrant chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.

Directed by Stanley Nelson

See more at http://theblackpanthers.com/home/

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, 2015 — 9:19 am

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

When and Where: 

Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00pm

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

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About the Film:

This powerful film resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. Taking us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; 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 created a world-wide revolution.

Directed by Mary Dore

See more at http://www.shesbeautifulwhenshesangry.com/

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: September 15, 2015 — 10:12 pm

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
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