FEBRUARY 28 | 7:30 PM | THEATRE ONE
Our opening night double bill features two beautiful films that highlight the transformative potential of art for people on the margins of society:
Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks and in the unseen men and women who pick up our garbage. Her work challenges audiences to expand their ideas of dance and performance.
Trash Dance follows Orr as she rides along with Austin, Texas sanitation workers on their daily routes. As she learns about their work and their lives, Orr collaborates with them to create a spectacular and unique performance piece. On an abandoned airport runway two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for a single night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving production in front of an audience of thousands.
“This thoughtful, eloquent documentary illuminates the reality that all work matters and has dignity, no matter the invisibility of the labour.” – Austin American Statesman.
AUDIENCE AWARD, Silverdocs;
AUDIENCE AWARD, Full Frame Film Festival;
SPECIAL JURY AWARD, South by Southwest
and Andrea Nix
Inocente is an intensely personal coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. At 15, Inocente refuses to let her dream of becoming an artist be caged by her life as an undocumented immigrant who has been forced to live homeless for the last nine years. Colour is her personal revolution and its extraordinary sweep on her canvases creates a world that looks nothing like her own dark past – a past punctuated by a father deported for domestic abuse and an endless shuffle, year after year, through the city’s overcrowded homeless shelters and under the constant threat of deportation. Told in her words, and incorporating animation of her own design, we come to Inocente’s story as she realizes her life is at a turning point, and for the first time, she decides to take control of her own destiny.
2013 ACADEMY AWARD, Best Documentary Short