On the Bride’s Side
– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –
98 min. | 2016 | Italy
DIRECTORS: Gabriele Del Grande, Antonio Augugliaro, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
Thursday, March 30 | 7:00 pm
On the Bride’s Side By a chance encounter in a cafe, a Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinian-Syrians in Milan who have fled war-torn Syria and washed up on the Italian island of Lampedusa. They decide to help the five journey to Sweden to claim asylum as refugees while they themselves hope to avoid being arrested as traffickers. How? By faking a wedding. What at first seemed a joke takes form as the friends assemble the masquerade. A friend dresses as the bride and the refugees, Italians and friends make up the wedding party as they journey three thousand kilometres across Europe. They bring a film crew for the “wedding” video. This real time filming of the masquerade is a compelling, emotionally charged journey that still has time for music, celebration of being alive and remembrance of those lost. As we travel through the borders and safe houses, we see another side of Europe, one that is compassionate, irreverent, transnational; one that ridicules the rules, restrictions and the very notion of Fortress Europe.
GRAND PRIZE, FIFDH
Fantassut/Rain on the Borders
15 min. | 2016 | Canada
DIRECTOR: Federica Foglia
PRODUCERS: Deepa Mehta, David Hamilton
Thursday, March 30 | 9:00 pm
Fantassút / Rain on the Borders A short, atmospheric documentary shot in the Idomeni refugee camp in Greece where 11,000 refugees lived a kind of suspended animation waiting for borders to open and hoping to continue through the Balkan route.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Occupation of the American Mind
84 min. | 2016 | U.S.A.
DIRECTORS : Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp
Thursday, March 30 | 9:21 pm
The Occupation of the American Mind examines how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and pro-Israel lobbying groups have waged a series of coordinated PR campaigns to manage political fallout from Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land and shape American media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Israel’s favor. “We’re talking about a sophisticated and sustained campaign that for decades has silenced meaningful debate about Israel’s repression of Palestinian human rights while vilifying pro-Palestinian voices,” said Sut Jhally, the Executive Producer of the film. “The point of the effort is to make sure nobody questions U.S. support for Israel, and there’s no question it’s been amazingly effective. What we’re trying to do with this film is simply clear some space for rational and balanced discussion about the conflict and U.S. support for Israel.”
The film traces the development of pro-Israel “hasbara” – or propaganda – efforts in the U.S. We in Canada are subject to these same efforts.
Every Canadian as well as every American should see this film. Narrated by Roger Waters.
Burden of Peace
77 min. | 2015 | U.K.
DIRECTORS: Joey Boink, Sander Wirken
Friday, March 31 | 7:10 pm
The documentary ‘Burden of Peace’ tells the impressive story of Claudia Paz y Paz, the first woman to lead the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Guatemala. The country that has been ravaged for years by a devastating civil war, in which nearly 200,000 Mayan Indians were systematically massacred, is today one of the most violent in the world. Claudia starts a frontal attack against corruption, drug gangs and impunity and does what everyone had hitherto held to be impossible,even unthinkable: she arrests former dictator Efraín Rios Montt on charges of genocide. His would become the first conviction of a former head of state for genocide in a national court in world history. But these achievements in justice would come at a price for Paz y Paz.
2017 FINALISTS, SIMA
When Two Worlds Collide
103 min. | 2016 | Peru/Qatar
DIRECTORS: Heidi Brandenburg Sierralta & Mathew Orzel
Friday, March 31 | 9:10 pm
When Two Worlds Collide The irreconcilability of indigenous land rights and free-trade agreements has seldom been more dramatically illustrated than in this documentary about the collapse of the Peru’s Amazon rainforest due to the exploitation of natural resources. The on-the-ground footage immerses us in a community’s struggle for survival against a multinational’s machinations. The heart of the film is the 2009 clash between Peru’s government, headed by right-wing politician Alan García, and the Peruvian Amazon communities. García’s efforts to attract foreign businesses culminate with the signing of a free-trade agreement with the US that includes a number of provisions directly contravening indigenous peoples’ rights. As we witness in deftly edited archival footage, the lack of desire on the government’s part to find an agreement leads to escalating social unrest.
WINNER: SPECIAL JURY AWARD: BEST DEBUT FEATURE, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Langara Student Film Festival
40 min. | 2016 | Canada
Saturday, April 1 | 12 noon to 12:40 pm
JUST FILM FESTIVAL is proud to continue with their tradition of hosting the Langara Student Film Festival within the umbrella of our festival. The Documentary Film Program is an intensive professional training program designed for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in the challenging world of non-fiction film. This 16-week program combines hands-on production skills, professional proposal writing, critique of historical and current trends in documentary filmmaking, and current business practices under the tutelage of acclaimed local award winning Filmmakers.
On Crows (10 min) Director: Mariah Kennedy
Lucila (15 min.) Director: Amy Pysden
Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Human Rules (10 Min.) Director: Jeff Berg (who will be present)
followed at 9:55 by Queen of Ireland
We Call Them Intruders
56 min. | 2015 | Canada
DIRECTORS: Tamara Herman, Susi Porter-Bopp
Saturday, April 1 | 12:45 pm
This documentary exposes a dark side of Canadian mining in Africa. Its journey from Canada to Africa and back again unearths the hard truths behind some of the continent’s largest Canadian-owned mining projects. This century’s global scramble for metals and minerals has led hundreds of Canadian mining corporations to Africa in search of the next big mine find. In Africa, some of the world’s poorest communities sit right beside mines that generate billions of dollars in profit each year. Many of these mines are financed, in part, by ordinary people paying taxes, putting away savings, making RRSP contributions and paying into pension plans in Canada. But who gets rich from Canadian mines?
Keepers of the Coast
38 min. | 2015 | Canada
DIRECTOR: Twyla Roscovich
Saturday, April 1 | 2:00 pm
The central coast of British Columbia is one of the most spectacular and biologically rich places left on the planet. Keepers of the Coast takes a close look at how the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv Nations are stewarding our marine territories. They have inhabited the central coast for thousands of years and have joined forces, forming the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, otherwise known as CCIRA. Using a combination of traditional knowledge and science, the nations are committed to upholding their indigenous laws and stewarding these marine resources in a manner that sustains their cultures and ensures intact ecosystems, healthy communities and local sustainable economies, now and into the future.
Photo: Howard and Michele Hall
55 min. | 2016 | Canada
DIRECTORS: Michelle Dougherty & Daniel Hinerfeld
Saturday, April 1 | 2:40 pm
– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –
24 min. | 2017 | Canada
DIRECTOR: LJ Meijer
Saturday, April 1 | 4:00 pm
This short film examines homelessness in general and in Vancouver through the lens of successful homeless villages in Portland and Eugene, Oregon.Though these villages vary in their approach, they have common features in organization and provide a stable environment that allows previously homeless people get back on their feet. The Oregon projects are examples of how positive shifts can occur in the most marginalized people’s lives at low cost to local governments. LJ Meier is a local Vancouver film maker with an interest in social issues.
101 min. | 2016 | U.S.A.
DIRECTORS: Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching
Saturday, April 1 | 4:25 pm
With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. Executive Produced by Jon Stewart.
– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –
93 min. | 2016 | Germany
DIRECTOR: Lutz Gregor
Saturday, April 1 | 7:00 pm