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Slums: Cities of Tomorrow

Program Running Time 81 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Jean-Nicolas Orhon
(Canada, 2014, 81 mins)

One billion people on our planet—one in six—live in shantytowns, slums or squats. Slums: Cities of Tomorrow challenges conventional thinking to propose that slums are in fact the solution, not the problem, to urban overcrowding.

"3/4: The film challenges the ingrained prejudice that leads many urban governments to withhold basic services from squatters and force them into apartment blocks." Globe and Mail

"A celebration of the perseverance and creativity of some of the poorest people in the world." Pretty Clever Films


Program Running Time 80 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Thomas Balmès
(80 mins)

Having never left his Himalayan village, an eight-year-old monk eagerly awaits the imminent arrival of television and internet (and the window they offer to the wider world). This strikingly beautiful film allows us to witness huge change through this young monk’s eyes.

"Outstanding… Happiness is a film to cherish." POV Magazine

"This is nonfiction film making at its finest." The Matinee

Starfish Throwers

Program Running Time 83 min.

Films in Program

Directed By: Jesse Roesler
(USA, 2014, 83 mins)

Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a young girl discover how their small efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. This inspiring and heartwarming documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face.

"A luminous window into the lives of true local heroes…" The Arts Guild