Commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of what British propagandists dubbed both "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars", Apocalypse is a monumental undertaking, French-Canadian co-production led by French documentarians Isabelle Clark and Daniel Costello. Culled from more than 500 hours of archival material, this is WWI as you have never experienced it before: artfully colorized in a painstakingly researched process that brings the footage to life with unprecedented impact.
Unfolding in five 52-minute installments, Apocalypse WWI takes us to the battlefields, inside the minds of those who govern, and to the heart of the everyday life of civilians behind the lines. It transports us from the trenches in northern France to the front lines of Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Palestine and the Arabian deserts.
In the first part, Fury, we examine the root causes of the conflict, kickstarted by the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, June 28, 1914. In Fear (episode 2), Germany repels the Russian advance at the Battle of Tannenberg, but the Germans are themselves bogged down by the French at the Battle of the Marne, and the imperial powers call in colonial troops to make this truly a global war. In Hell (episode 3), the devastating consequences of modern technology lay waste to millions of lives throughout the years 1915 and 1916, culminating in the bloody carnage of the Battle of the Somme, where British losses top 30 000 in just a few hours.
In Rage (episode 4) mutinies begin to break out on all sides, and the US enters the war. General Pershing lands in France, June 1917. In July, the senseless slaughter continues at the Battle of Passchendaele. Finally, in Deliverance (episode 5), American troops swing the conflict decisively away from Germany, and on November 11, 1918, armistice brings the fighting to an end.
Producer Josette D Normandeau will join us to introduce these special screenings, and participate in two panel discussions over the weekend.
Tickets are available for programs of two episodes back to back at our standard prices, or as a $20 ticket pack for all 5 episodes. Panel discussions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Co-presented by VIFF Vancity Theatre, the Consulate general of France of Vancouver and Idéacom International.
6.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR followed by Q&A and Reception
1.30 Apocalypse FURY + Apocalypse FEAR followed by 1 hr break
4.30 Apocalypse HELL + Apocalypse RAGE
7.00-8.30 Panel: Remembering World War I
Moderator: Colin Browne, SFU.
Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International
8.45 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE
5.00 Apocalypse HELL + RAGE
7.00 Panel: History Now: New Media and the Ever Present Past
Moderator: Jeannette Kopak, Centre for Digital Media.
Participants: Josette Normandeau, CEO and producer - Idéacom International ; Matthew Toner, CEO Zeroes to Heroes
8.30 Apocalypse DELIVERANCE