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Ali Ghaffari

Duration: 105 mins
Country of Origin: Iran, 2013
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ali Ghaffari


Feb 29 06:30 pm

After 1953 Iranian coup d’état, when General Fazlollah Zahedi is appointed as prime minister, a delegation is sent to Russia to reclaim the World War 2 indemnity. This is the beginning of some perilous adventures for Colonel Takin who is commissioned to fetch eleven tons of Gold to Iran…

Presented in partnership with Vancouver Iranian Film

Damien Gillis

Duration: 75 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2015
Director: Damien Gillis


Feb 20 05:30 pm

Caleb Behn sports a Mohawk and tattoos, hunts moose, and wears a business suit. His father is a devout environmentalist and residential school survivor. His mother is in a senior position in the oil and gas industry. His people, at the epicenter of some of the largest fracking operations on earth, are deeply divided. How does Caleb balance their need for jobs with his sacred duty to defend their territory?

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Caleb Behn, star of Fractured Land

Leslie Griffith

Duration: 78 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 2015
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Director: Leslie Griffith


Mar 13 03:00 pm

Witness the magnificence of the African elephant and experience the gentle souls that lie within their awesome grey bulk. They roamed all of Africa a century ago, but now are left with tiny parcels of land and nowhere to run as they face extinction. These charismatic giants are under constant threat by fierce and unrelenting human predators from the worldwide yet illegal ivory trade. The documentary examines and exposes the elephant poaching crisis in Zimbabwe and Tanzania, including the militarization of the anti-poaching response. Revealing painful truths, this documentary not only points to the damage humanity is inflicting upon both elephants and itself, but furthers the discussion regarding the possibility of conservation and sustainability.

Preceded by the short films: Sniff! The Art of Tasting (5 min) + Norma’s Story (5 min)

This screening will feature a panel discussion.

Ciro Guerra

(El abrazo de la serpiente)
Duration: 124 mins
Country of Origin: Colombia, 2015
Vancity Theatre Screening
Director: Ciro Guerra


Mar 02 06:30 pm
Mar 03 06:30 pm
Mar 04 08:20 pm
Mar 05 04:00 pm
Mar 06 05:15 pm
Mar 07 08:30 pm

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Language Film, Guerra’s film is a bewitching Amazonian odyssey inspired by two historical forays deep into the jungle by European anthropologists. Filmed in stunning black and white, this is a potent, poetic, political film reminiscent of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre.

Christopher Guest

Duration: 84 mins
Country of Origin: USA, 1996
Northwest Comedy Festival
Director: Christopher Guest


Feb 24 06:30 pm

Join JFL Northwest and VIFF in celebrating one of the seminal film comedies of the last quarter century, a jewel of am-dram endeavor and imagination harnessing some of the most gifted comic actors of their generation, including Christopher Guest, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Set in Blaine, Missouri, this "mockumentary" chronicles the burg’s preparations and execution of its sesquicentennial anniversary, a celebration that is to be capped off by a fabulous amateur show helmed by former New Yorker Corky St. Clair. Corky has high hopes for his "Red, White and Blaine" extravaganza…