Our Thursday night program features two films that celebrate survival both individually and collectively.
Click on images to view trailers and learn more about each film.
Thursday, February 11 | 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the BC Non-Profit Housing Society, CEO Tony Roy will facilitate a discussion and relate the issue of homelessness in the film, which was filmed in Toronto, to Vancouver.
Shelley Saywell, Canada, 2015, 86 min.
Music is an expression of the spirit for everyone. But for some who survive on the periphery of society, it can also be a life-saving coping mechanism and the last stand of their dignity. Emmy-winning Director Shelley Saywell’s moving and inspiring documentary was created with singer/activist Lorraine Segato. It captures the music and stories of five musicians who are homeless or on society’s margin. The causes, from abuse to mental health to simple bad luck, are all touched on in their stories in the film. But at its heart, Lowdown Tracks is about bringing into focus the heartache and the beautiful potential we should see when we walk by someone on the street. In the end, it is a celebration of the power of music and survival.
Second Place Audience Favourite Film at Hot Docs 2015
The Hand That Feeds
Thursday, February 11 | 8:50 pm
Sponsored by the BC Federation of Labour, President Irene Lanzinger will introduce the film, and the BC Employment Standards Coalition will facilitate an interactive discussion to share ideas about how the issues depicted in the film, which is situated in New York, relate to the local context in BC following the screening.
Rachel Lears & Robin Botnick, USA, 2014, 84 min.
At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. Behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick.
Risking deportation and job loss, the workers team up with innovative young organizers and form their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers battle in back rooms and workers walk the picket line with support from the “Occupy” crowd. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent. But whatever happens, these workers will never be the same.
Audience Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2014; International Jury, Prize Human Rights Film Festival 2014; Audience Award, DOC NYC 2014; Best of Fest, AFI Docs Film Festival 2014; Best Documentary, Sidewalk Film Festival 2014; Audience Award, Chicago Latino Film Festival 2015; Audience Award, Alucine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival
The views expressed in these documentaries do not necessarily reflect the views of the Just Film Festival or its presenting partners.