2013

Friday 1st March - Sunday 3rd March



Chasing Ice

Opening Night Gala. Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to gather undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Months after his first trip to Iceland, acclaimed environmental photographer…

The Atomic States Of America

Atomic States takes viewers to nuclear reactor communities around the USA to explore the truths and myths of nuclear power. From the gates of Three Mile Island to the cooling ponds of Braidwood,…

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin & The Farm Midwives

Birth Story celebrates Ina May Gaskin and her spirited friends, who began delivering each other's babies in 1970, while on a caravan of hippie school buses headed to rural Tennessee. Forty years ago…

Bone Wind Fire

Bone Wind Fire is an intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds and eyes of Georgia O'Keefe, Emily Carr and Frida Kahlo — three of the 20th century's most remarkable artists. Georgia…

Call Me Kuchu

Veteran activist David Kato's efforts to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women — "kuchus" — becomes even more dangerous…

The Carbon Rush

What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer? Director Amy Miller travels across four continents to show us indigenous rain forest…

An Ecology Of Mind: A Daughter's Portrait of Gregory Bateson

A tender and poetic portrayal not only of one of the most provocative thinkers of the last century — Gregory Bateson, whose revolutionary ideas helped launch the modern ecology movement — but…

The Gift

Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds is a pioneer in seed farming who has gone against the grain of industrial agriculture. In this portrait he shares an alternate vision of the bounty nature provides.…

Griot

The griot is a fixture of Senegalese life. Part family historian, part community diplomat, they record the past in a mix of songs and words. Griot explores the life of legendary Senegalese musician…

In Organic We Trust

Can we really rely on that little label at the grocery store that says “Organic”? What exactly does that mean, and what more should we be asking? This film examines the philosophies and…

The Invisible War

This serious and harrowing film exposes the devastation caused by the high incidence of rape in the U.S. military, and the failure to punish offenders. Candid accounts by rape victims show that the…

It's A Girl

I felt joy hearing the words, “It's a girl!” But in many parts of the world, these are shameful words of despair. Filmmaker Evan Grae Davis found that years of documenting poverty did not prepare…

The Last White Knight

In 1965, Canadian student Paul Saltzman travelled to Mississippi to work on black voter registration. He was assaulted by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Forty-three years later, he meets with Delay de…

The Light Bulb Conspiracy

Imagine a covert international cartel, dividing the world into areas of control, plotting to foist merchandise on the populace which will deliberately wear out far sooner than necessary. This is the…

Lou Harrison: A World Of Music

This biography takes us to more than just a world of music. Lou Harrison’s artistic pursuits included dance, drama, art and poetry as well. Born to an upper-class Portland, Oregon family, Harrison…

LoveMEATender

We are eased into the topic of the dangers of heavy meat consumption and mass production of animals with some cheerful animation. But we should face the reality of how our food is produced, and there…

Nature's Invitation

Watch the unfolding of a brilliant idea as new immigrants are taken to Alberta provincial and national parks and introduced to camping. Camping is a very Canadian activity, and immigrants feel…

Nuala

Nuala is a fascinating portrait of Irish writer/TV producer/activist/media personality Nuala O'Foalain, by her close friend Marion Finucane. Nuala was a “tidal wave” of a woman, with a huge…

On The Line

There's nothing quite like being there, and Frank Wolf and Todd McGowan take us along as they follow the entire route of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline as closely as possible. For…

Peach Juice

A cheeky, stop-motion animation short. Martin – a young boy on vacation at the seaside – becomes attracted to his aunt. Some adult content. Showing with The Process Of Making Peach Juice.…

Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

The legacy of famed Indian musician Ali Akbar Khan is both borne by and embodied in his son, Alam Khan. After playing to acclaim all over the world, influencing other musicians such as Carlos Santana…

Rainforest - The Limit of Splendour

Exquisite views of Vancouver Island illuminate us as we hear the words of Kwaxsistalla, a Kwakwaka’wakw clan chief speaking in his native tongue, subtitled so we can understand his message of the…

Reflections: Art For An Oil-Free Coast

“Art is a language...more effective than words”, so RainCoast Conservation Foundation brought artists to the fragile, isolated rainforest coast of British Columbia. We are privy to the astounding…

Revolution

From Ecuador to Australia to Papua New Guinea to Madagascar to Canada, the world is trying to tell us something. Originally fascinated by sharks, filmmaker Rob Stewart made and publicized the movie…

Road To Baleya

Canadian music producer and musician Lewis Melville brings a group to Mali to share music and thus open the door to understanding. We are delighted on-lookers to wonderful musical collaboration. A…

So I'm Dying...Now What?

Former Salt Spring resident Alberta Nye presents the touching story of her friend Margaret Hackman, who decided to stop cancer treatment and live whatever time she had left. Recorded over the last 8…

Symphony Of The Soil

Healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy humans = a healthy planet. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers, Symphony of the Soil is an artistic exploration of the…

Umoja - No Men Allowed

“Umoja” means “unity” in the Kiswahili language of the Sambura women of Kenya. Cast out by their men, who blame them when they accuse British soldiers of rape, the ostracized women form their…

Vanishing Point

A beautiful film telling the story of 2 Inuit communities of the circumpolar north - one on Canada’s Baffin Island, the other in Northwest Greenland - linked by a migration led by an intrepid…

Vito

Vito Russo, a 23 year-old film student, was among the crowd in the aftermath of the Stonewall riot in Greenwich Village in 1969. A new era in gay rights was born and a newly politicized Vito was at…

We Were Children

This highly emotional docu-drama tells the story of 2 young First Nations children who were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools. At its peak the Canadian government’s…

The World Before Her

India loves beauty contests, which for the winner can mean stardom, a lucrative career and freedom from a patriarchal society. But Hindu fundamentalists view pageants as immoral and a symbol of the…

Yogawoman

Designed for men thousands of years ago in India, yoga was brought to the west by a lineage of male teachers. So why is it now so popular with millions of women around the world? The film follows 50…