Reception and Cake
Help celebrate 50 years of the Georgia Straight.
Join us for a reception and cake at 8:45 p.m. Saturday Evening.
– Exclusive Vancouver premiere –
93 min. | 2016 | Germany
DIRECTOR: Lutz Gregor
Saturday, April 1 | 7:00 pm
Mali’s music defines the country’s cultural identity, but radical Islamists are threatening musicians. In Mali Blues we travel through breath-taking landscapes and discover Mali’s agitated heart from Bamako in the Southwest to the “Festival au Désert“ in northern Timbuktu with stars of Malian global pop: Fatoumata Diawara, Basseko Kouyate. Master Soumy and Ahmed Ag Kaedi. These artists, originate from different parts of the country, belong to different ethnic groups and represent different musical styles and traditions but have a common aim: to protect Mali’s unique musical and cultural heritage. Mali’s music is an act of resistance, as is its direct descendent, American blues.
Langara Student Film Festival
10 min. | 2016 | Canada
Saturday, April 1 | 9:45 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. 9:45 p.m.
Human Rules (10 Min.) Director: Jeff Berg (who will be present)
Langara Documentary Film Program
Queen of Ireland
86 min. | 2015 | Ireland
DIRECTOR: Conor Horgan
Saturday, April 1 | 9:55 pm
As insightful as it is colourful, the lively documentary The Queen Of Ireland charts the extraordinary career to date of Irish performance artist Rory O’Neill, better known as his drag queen persona Panti. We are shown the time leading up to the historic referendum on marriage equality for same-sex couples in Ireland. We see Panti’s politically-charged and often bawdy humour in her drag show. And we hear Rory speaking passionately about equality. Little did many people know when they answered their doors to Rory, handing out pamphlets and speaking eloquently about legalizing same sex marriage that they were speaking to the famous and outrageous Panti.
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: IFTA 2016