BREAKING IN is your chance to connect with guests at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival for serious advice on how to get started in the Canadian film and media industry. This event is intentionally informal to help you access the best advice possible. Plus it’s free, so what are you waiting for?
🌟 With director Alanis Obomsawin in attendance 🌟 Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin’s 50th film, reveals how a Cree community in Manitoba has been enriched through the power of education. The Helen Betty Osborne Ininiw Education Resource Centre in Norway House, north of Winnipeg, receives a level of funding that few other Indigenous institutions enjoy. Its teachers help their students to develop their abilities and their sense of pride.
This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is a remarkably astute and luminous 12-year-old black girl whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
🎦 FREE SCREENING 🎦 The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a…
A panel of experts including Professor Gauvin Bailey, Art History and Art Conservation; Professor Susan Lord, Film and Media/Gender Studies; and Professor Cristiana Zaccagnino, Classics/Languages, Literatures and Cultures will lead a discussion about the film, followed by a reception at The Isabel.
Celebrate International Women’s Week with WiSE! Come out and watch The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the story of the woman behind some of the most important progresses in medical history. Henrietta Lacks’ cells (HeLa cells) have been used in vaccine development, cloning, and even space research. This film tells the story of the human beings both behind scientific progress and affected by it. Ticket Price: FREE
THE JUDGE provides a rare insight into Shari’ah law, an often-misunderstood legal framework for Muslims, told through the eyes of the first woman judge to be appointed to the Middle East’s religious courts.
The statistics are staggering. One in five women in college are sexually assaulted, yet only a fraction of these crimes are reported, and even fewer result in punishment for the perpetrators. The Hunting Ground, a piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses, is poised to light a fire under a national debate.
Come out and enjoy a film about Bangladesh’s liberation and the story of Bangladeshis! Free entry and popcorn!! Joyjatra is a story that takes place on a boat in Bangladesh during the 1971 genocide. A story of resilience, family, and hope, Joyjatra illustrates the harsh realities of many Bengalis during their fight for liberation.