2011

Friday 4th March - Sunday 6th March


The 4th Revolution

Possibly the most inspirational, solutions-based environmental film out there, this impressively mounted documentary travels the world to examine best practices - in Denmark, Germany, Brazil,…

Art in Action

An abundance of art, love, and idealism fuels Annie Roy and Pierre Allard. They create spectacular and provocative installations, leaving their audience no choice but to participate. One of their…

Back to the Garden

In 1988, filmmaker Kevin Tomlinson was on a road trip, saw a funky sign “Healing Gathering” and decided to turn right. He filmed more than 400 people dancing, singing and cooking up lots of brown…

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

While those of us on Salt Spring Island, or Vancouver, or even Prince George take the celebration of Gay Pride as a given, in other parts of the world — Moscow notably — Pride is still a dramatic…

Bhutto

Bhutto is the definitive documentary chronicling the life of one of the most complex and fascinating characters of our time. Hers is an epic tale of Shakespearean dimension. It’s the story of the…

Blue Gold

The world’s fresh water is disappearing. The rampant over development of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the…

Buffy Sainte-Marie: A Multimedia Life

“You have to stand up and break through,” says Robbie Robertson of his friend and fellow musician Buffy Sainte-Marie. That is precisely what Buffy Sainte-Marie has done, forging her own unique…

The Burning Season

Every year, there is a burning season in Indonesia. Areas of rainforest the size of Denmark are cut down and set alight by farmers and corporations to develop palm oil plantations, destroying the…

Citizen Architect

The inspirational design-build outreach program of Samuel Mockbee, artist, architect, educator and founder of the Rural Studio, is chronicled as a group of students are lead through the process of…

Enemies Of The People

This is a story of a personal journey into the heart of darkness by journalist/filmmaker Thet Sambath, whose family was wiped out in the ‘Killing Fields’, but whose patience and discipline…

The Experimental Eskimos

In 1962, three 12-year-old Inuit boys — who had scored very highly on IQ tests — were separated from their families in the Arctic and relocated to Ottawa to live with white foster families and be…

Flawed

Flawed is a beautiful little film about a budding long distance romance... with a twist ... it’s not about whether a girl can get along with a boy, but whether a girl can accept herself. Everyone…

For Once In My Life

For Once In My Life is the story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This refreshingly candid film refuses to sugarcoat the music or the lives of the 28 challenged…

Fresh

Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial…

Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould

The co-directors have compiled never-before-seen footage and interviews with friends and lovers who have never, or rarely, spoken publicly about Gould. “A lot of times you think of Glenn Gould, you…

Ghosts

Ghostsis the story of three Arab-Canadian men who, over a three year period, were detained and tortured in Syria and Egypt. An internal inquiry into their cases, the Iacobucci Inquiry, reveals that…

Ingredients

This topical documentary is a journey that follows people who are leading the movement to bring good food back to the table and health back to our communities. At the focal point of this movement,…

Into The Wind

Along with the rest of Canada, Steve Nash became enamored with Terry Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope. What many people in Canada forget is that Terry Fox was anonymous at the beginning of his journey.…

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Centered on a rare interview that director and friend Tamra Davis shot with Basquiat over twenty years ago, this definitive documentary chronicles the meteoric rise and untimely death of the young…

Kinshasa Symphony

Two hundred orchestral musicians are playing Beethoven’s Ninth. A power cut strikes just a few bars before the last movement. Problems like this are the least of the worries facing the only…

Martha Of The North

In 1953 a small number of Inuit families became pawns in a government scheme to ensure Canadian sovereignty in the Arctic. Martha Flaherty, granddaughter of the man who made “Nanook of the North”…

Mighty Jerome

Mighty Jerome explores the turbulent life and career of the record-setting African-Canadian track-and-field star, Harry Jerome. "He was, at one time, the fastest man on the planet. His…

Mine

Hailed as "a triumph," "absorbing," "a must see," and "Oscar material," Mine is a documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. This…

A Moment In Time: The United Colours Of Bronstein

In April 1975, as the US withdrew from Vietnam, an iconic picture of a Canadian woman in shock at the site of a plane crash in Saigon made world headlines. Naomi Bronstein had arranged to evacuate…

Motherland

How do you go on after the death of a child? When six women, whose only common link is the fact that each of them has suffered the loss of a child, decide to travel to Africa, something remarkable…

Mumbai Disconnected

One of the world's largest and most densely populated mega-cities, Mumbai's transportation infrastructure is on the verge of total collapse. With a sagging public transit system (a dozen people die…

Now And Then

This journey takes you to Lesotho in southern Africa, also known as "The Roof of Africa". Meet Mamello, founder of the Phelisanong project for orphans, disabled, and HIV positive people. Phelisanong…

The Perfect Oyster

Tucked away in British Columbia's Desolation Sound lives an oysterman totally committed to the cultivation of The Perfect Oyster. Brent Petkau defines this perfection in terms of the integrity of his…

The Pipe

The Pipe tells the story of what happened when Shell in 2005, blessed by the Irish government begins to construct a pipeline that rips through a rural Irish fishing and farming village, where the…

A Place Without People

This beautiful and well-researched documentary takes a look at the Maasai tribe, "aboriginal" inhabitants of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro wildlife reserves in Tanzania. Now cast as "intruders" in…

Prom Night In Mississippi

In 1997, Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman offered to pay for the senior prom at Charleston High School in Mississippi under one condition: the prom had to be racially integrated. His offer…

Queen Of The Sun

In an alarming inquiry into the insights behind Rudolf Steiner’s 1923 prediction that honeybees would collapse, Queen Of The Sun examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic…

Schooling The World: The White Man's Last Burden

If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? Well-intentioned volunteers are building schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is…

A Sea Change

A Sea Change follows ex-history teacher, activist and grandfather Sven Huseby as he travels to visit various scientists to learn more about the impacts of ocean acidification and tries to find ways…

Shooting With Mursi

Possibly the most isolated tribe in Africa, the Mursi of SW Ethiopia face loss of access to their lands and thus of their culture and livelihood. Faced with encroachment from nearby park reserves and…

Stonewall Uprising

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. Such raids were not unusual in the late 1960s, an era…

The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls

Opening Night Gala. New Zealand’s twin national treasures are sure to sing, dance and yodel their way into your hearts as this rollicking film reveals these amazing and inspiring characters in all…

Two Spirits

Interweaves the story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and many of America’s indigenous cultures held…

The Unheralded Artists Of BC

A review of some of the unheralded artists of British Columbia. The artists’ works were exhibited on Salt Spring Island in 2009 at Mahon Hall.

Waste Land

Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Landfollows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho,…

Who Does She Think She Is?

Who Does She Think She Is? focuses on five particularly bold women artists, each radically different in background, race, religious creed and choice of artistic field. But they all share the common…

Windfall

Are energy-generating wind turbines really one of the best ways to wean ourselves from the need for fossil fuels? If you see yourself as an environmentalist and hold that green power is the way to…