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The majority of films in the Vancouver International Film Festival are unrated and you must be 18 and purchase a $2 VIFF membership to attend a screening. However, a selection of films are open to all ages.

Before you make your purchase, please note The Rio is 19+ exclusively with the exception of the rated High School Screenings at this venue.

Prashant Nair

Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: India, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Prashant Nair

Rama (Life of Pi’s Suraj Sharma) is flushed out of rural life when he learns that his brother is missing in Mumbai. As a search for answers thrusts him into the metropolis’ chaos, he forges letters from his sibling to his mother in hopes of sparing her heartbreak. In turn, Prashant Nair crafts a moving story about devotion and discovery. "The film’s takes on immigration, country-city contrasts and youthful dreams of the future are lovingly detailed…"—Hollywood Reporter

Audience Award Winners, Drama, Immigration, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Benjamín Naishtat

(El Movimiento)
Duration: 67 mins
Country of Origin: Argentina,South Korea, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Benjamín Naishtat


Oct 09 04:00 pm

Shot in luminous black and white and set in the desert-like Pampas during the early 19th century, Benjamin Naishtat’s eerie combination of post-apocalyptic sci-fi and post-modern Western posits a land fallen into anarchy and populated by armed groups vying for supremacy… "Gorgeously shot and edited with edgy intensity… Like Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja, Naishtat’s haunting sophomore feature provides a poetic access point for grappling with Argentinean identity."—Indiewire

Black & White is back!

Ayat Najafi

Duration: 93 mins
Country of Origin: Iran,France,Germany, 2014
Arts and Letters
Director: Ayat Najafi

Before the Islamic Revolution banned solo performances by women, Iran boasted popular female vocalists like Delkash and Googoosh. No longer willing to see women’s voices silenced, musician Sara Najafi aspires to stage a concert in Tehran. Her brother Ayat helms this revealing documentary that details the bureaucratic obstacles and theological arguments that stand between her and such a seemingly simple goal. And while the women’s glorious songs lend the film uplift, it’s Sara’s courageous determination in battling institutional discrimination that truly inspires.

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, Music & Arts, VIFF Impact, Women’s Issues.

Mohammed Ali Naqvi

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Pakistan, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Mohammed Ali Naqvi

The struggle for power between radical Muslim fundamentalists and secular forces in Pakistan is a core issue of our time, one that Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s documentary explores with urgency, intelligence and finesse. At the centre is an interview with smiling fanatical cleric Maulana Aziz, leader of the Red Mosque, which counts 10,000 students in madrassas all over the country. It is he and his fellow Taliban that secular activists and government forces are up against… "This must-see documentary… chills to the bone."—Variety

Human Rights & Social Justice, Islamic World, VIFF Impact

Douglas Nayler

Duration: 19 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Canadian Shorts
Director: Douglas Nayler

An Alberta farm town wishes to be frozen in time, much like the taxidermied gophers in its lone tourist attraction.

László Nemes

(Saul fia)
Duration: 107 mins
Country of Origin: Hungary, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: László Nemes


Oct 07 12:30 pm

Interned in Auschwitz, Saul (Géza Röhrig) is tasked with the unthinkable: aiding his Nazi captors in their methodical massacre. Pushed past his breaking point, he nobly claims one of the fallen as his own son and vows to restore the boy’s dignity with a proper burial… Unfolding with passion and purpose that rival its protagonist’s, László Nemes’ Holocaust drama is both an involving moral quest and a staggering, immersive experience. “A bombshell debut…”—Film Comment

History, Jewish Interest, War & Espionage

Marv Newland

Duration: 5 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 1988
Canadian Images
Director: Marv Newland


Oct 08 06:15 pm

Ernest Nkosi

Duration: 94 mins
Country of Origin: South Africa, 2014
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Ernest Nkosi


Oct 08 08:30 pm

A young man will do anything to protect his younger sister after witnessing her abuse as a child. That doesn’t make things easy for either of them as the girl tries to spread her wings. Mixing theatricality, naïveté, innocence and shocking violence in a highly distinctive way, Ernest Nkosi’s dramatization of siblings struggling to carve out an existence in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg is tender and tragic by turns. An extraordinarily plaintive score adds another dimension to this heartfelt debut.

Family Relations

Rufus Norris

Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: UK, 2015
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Rufus Norris


Oct 07 04:00 pm

In 2006, a serial killer cut a bloody swath through Ipswich’s red light district. Rufus Norris’ gripping adaptation of Alecky Bythe’s radical stage show draws its script from actual interviews with area residents, police, media and sex workers, and sets them to an enthralling score. What unfolds is a remarkable true story of ordinary people coming together during the darkest of experiences. “An utterly gripping, macabre but finally very moving cine-opera…”—Guardian

Crime, Music & Arts

Kelly Nyks

Duration: 73 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Nonfiction Features
Director: Kelly Nyks


Oct 06 08:00 pm
Oct 09 02:45 pm

Noam Chomsky and his unassailable arguments about how economic inequality has become an entrenched part of western life are front and centre in Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott’s superbly reasoned documentary, one part analysis and one part call to arms. The interviews with Chomsky were shot over four years and show that none of the 86-year-old’s fight has gone out of him. "This short, sharp, smart essay-film makes excellent use of Chomsky’s insights…"—Hollywood Reporter

Economics & Globalization, Human Rights & Social Justice, The Great Divide, VIFF Impact