Fighting injustices for Afghan women

Roberta Staley, magazine editor, freelance writer and filmmaker, honours Frakhunda Malikzada, the 27-year-old Afghan woman who was brutally beaten, stoned, and then set ablaze in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March 2015. Staley’s documentary, Mightier Than the Sword, premiers on Saturday, June 17 at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver Harbour Centre campus. It will also screen at the…

Learning Through the Arts (LTTA): a refuge for refugees

Maher Bahloul, University of British Columbia (UBC)’s visiting linguistics professor from The American University of Sharjah, Dubai, has constructed a Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) proposal for refugees. The concept of Bahloul’s proposal Meaningful Integration of Syrian Refugees: Targeting the Artists is based on several factors, including the recent arrival of Syrian Refugees in Canada…

Reaping the lessons of food production

Cycling from Vancouver to Mexico, a group of young Canadians set out to find the reality behind organic food production. Little did they know what was ahead of them in their quest for understanding organic growing. The road trip proved to be the opposite of what they set out to do. Forearmed with knowledge on…

Just Film Festival unveils talented Langara graduates

Three graduates of Langara College will participate at a Vancouver film festival alongside award-winning international documentaries. Jeff Berg, Amy Psyden, and Mariah Kennedy each directed student films that will be screened at the Just Film Festival taking place at VanCity Theatre between March 30 and April 1. The Just Film Festival is jointly organized by…

Kudos for showing diversity in the Vancouver film industry

February is the most significant month for the film industry and this year I was encouraged by the movies that transformed from hidden figures under moonlight into award winners in the spotlight. There has been a rise in on-screen confrontation to the cultural divides that still dominate our society. The films showcased at the 2017…

A neglected history: Hogan’s Alley

Hogan’s Alley has played a significant part in Vancouver’s history, yet is one aspect of this city’s past often ignored that goes unacknowledged by its citizens. The documentary, Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley, will be showcased by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Seniors Lifelong Learning Society at SFU’s Vancouver campus on Feb. 18. Secret…

Documentary looks at life in refugee camps

After Spring, a 2016 documentary, uncovers life in the Zaatari Refugee Camp by following two families and an aid worker. The film is being presented at KDocs Film Festival, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s annual documentary screening event. The festival runs Feb. 16 to Feb. 19.  Since the start of the Syrian conflict six years ago, more…

Spotlight on grit, resilience and a touch of humour at Turkish film fest

This year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF) holds special significance in light of the country’s recent challenges. The festival takes place in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival at VIFF Vancity Theatre, running from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27.  “Our goal is to bring the best of contemporary art cinema that resonates with international…

Peeling back the layers of a filmmaker

Filmmaker Sebnem Ozpeta is a recent recipient of the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media under the category of Emerging Artist. Ozpeta channels her passion as a videographer, storyteller and as an experimental artist, incorporating visual layers of information to add depth and emotion to her films. Her obsession with…

Documentary looks at mixed-blood-related disorders

In Mixed Match, a documentary by Jeff Chiba Stearns, medical information and animation come together to give the audience insight on an issue that is not well known but one in which willing participants can help to save lives. Mixed Match shows at Vancouver’s Asian Film Festival running Nov. 3–6. The genetic makeup “The documentary…

Polish film festival has roots in history

Film has always been used as a mean of expression. In Polish culture, the medium serves as a window to the past as well as a means to explore contemporary life in Poland. Vancouver Polish Film Festival (VPFF) returns (Oct. 21–23) with a selection of ten unique films. Co-presented by Simon Fraser University’s Woodward’s Cultural…