Saturday Daytime Films

Social Justice Bazaar
in the atrium of the VIFF theatre.

Sat. noon to 5 p.m

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.

Sat noon:
On Crows (10 min)  Director: Mariah Kennedy
Lucila (15 min.)  Director: Amy Pysden

Also Sat. 9:45 p.m.
Human Rules (10 Min.)  Director:  Jeff Berg  (who will be present)
9:55 Queen of Ireland

Langara Documentary Film Program


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?

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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.

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Photo: Howard and Michele Hall

Sonic Sea

55 min. | 2016 | Canada

DIRECTORS: Michelle Dougherty & Daniel Hinerfeld

Saturday, April 1 | 2:40 pm

The ocean is a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life. Every day whales, dolphins, fish and other marine life are threatened by a cacophony of industrial noise from by shipping, seismic exploration of oil and gas and naval sonar used for routine training exercises. In water bodies all around the world, this endless barrage of noise impairs the ability of our vulnerable marine life to communicate, navigate and breed. Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

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Homeless Solutions

– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –

24 min. | 2017 | Canada


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.

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After Spring

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.
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