2009

Friday 6th March - Sunday 8th March


49 Megawatts

49 Megawatts has been acclaimed for its amazing kayaking footage and for exposing the controversy over these energy projects. It looks at the future of BC’s rivers after the issuing of hundreds of…

Addicted to Plastic

Addicted To Plastic is a point-of-view style documentary that encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean where plastic…

Archeology of Memory

Archeology of Memory: Villa Grimaldi is a beautifully crafted film about music and the power of art to heal, and about the Chilean exile community. The film follows exiled musician Quique Cruz from…

Chris and Don. A Love Story

Chris and Don is the true-life story of the passionate three decade relationship between British writer Christopher Isherwood (whose Berlin Stories was the basis for all incarnations of the…

Daughters of Wisdom

In Nangchen, Tibet, it has traditionally been a high honor for a family to have a son become a monk, but to have a daughter become a nun is a burden. Daughters of Wisdom is an intimate portrait of…

The Edge of Eden: Living with the Grizzlies

In Kamchatka, the most easterly region of Russia, a little miracle with huge implications is in the works. Considered by many to be the most dangerous animal in the world the grizzly bear, an…

Everybody's Children

Joyce and Sallieu - they seem like typical teenagers, except that reserved Sallieu, 16, witnessed the murder of his mother as a young boy in war torn Sierra Leone, and vibrant Joyce, 17, left the…

Freedom to Choose

Freedom to Choose shares the story of the ‘Freedom to Choose Workshop’ that was provided to over 160 inmates at the Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Ca. Forty-six volunteer graduates…

From Under the Bushy Trees

We journey with Gerri Graber from Powell River, BC to Chad. Here, Gerri teams up with Bartholomew Mokuh and together they work with the villagers of Manda to begin construction of a school. The…

Griefwalker

Counselor and palliative care worker Stephen Jenkinson takes a radically different approach to the care of the terminally ill. He advises that they 'abandon false hope' and turn instead to grief. 'I…

Island on the Edge

Food security affects everyone. This film looks at the history of food production on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands and asks the question 'what would happen if the islands were suddenly cut…

I Know That I Am

I Know that I Am is a powerful documentary about the little-told story of transgendered queers in Iran, a country where sexual ‘deviancy’ is punishable by law. When Peyman Khosravi, film director…

Iron Ladies of Liberia

After fourteen years of civil war, Liberia is a nation ready for change. On January 16, 2006, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was inaugurated President, following a hotly contested election which she won with…

The World According to Monsanto

With operations in 46 countries, Monsanto is the world leader in genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Since its founding in 1901, the multinational has faced many legal challenges due to the…

Passage

It was news that shook the English-speaking world. Celebrated British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men had perished in the Arctic ice during an ill-fated attempt to discover the…

Suncookers

Catherine Scott’s documentary Suncookers, about Solar Cookers International’s efforts to spread solar cooking and solar water pasteurization in Kenya, won the alternative energy category at the…

Sweet Misery

The artificial sweetener, aspartame, is the bedrock of the diet industry. Found in everything from fizzy drinks to vitamins and marketed under a variety of different names, it is difficult to detect…

TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the story of the Green Belt Movement of Kenya and its founder Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The film documents…

Tar Sands: Canada for Sale

What looks like dense topsoil is actually black gold, once dismissed as bottom-of-the-barrel petroleum, expensive to extract, dirty to refine. But with the U.S. craving energy security and new…

The Islands Project

During the summer of 2006, Stadtlander journeyed on his biodiesel, solar powered kitchen bus, The Liberator, with his family and apprentices from his farm in Ontario and headed west to Vancouver…

The Strangest Dream

The Strangest Dream tells the uplifting story of Joseph Rotblat, the history of nuclear weapons and the efforts of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs – which he co-founded – to…

To See if I'm Smiling

Israel is the only country in the world where 18 year old girls are drafted for compulsory military service. The frank testimonials of six female Israeli soldiers stationed in Gaza and the West Bank…

Two Rivers

Attempts at Native and European American reconciliation typically fail to produce lasting changes—usually because whites set the agenda. Several years ago, a handful of individuals in the Okanagan…

Women's Kingdom

Beautifully shot and featuring intimate interviews, this documentary offers a rare glimpse into one of the last matriarchal societies in the world. Mosuo women control their own finances and do not…