Ximena is an illiterate woman in her fifties (played by Paulina García who won the Best Actress award in Berlin for her role in Gloria) who has learned to disguise her inability to read or write. Jackeline is a young unemployed elementary school teacher who tries to convince Ximena to take classes with her. Persuading her proves to be an almost impossible task, until one day, Jackeline finds something Ximena has been keeping as her only treasure from childhood: a letter Ximena’s father left when he abandoned her many years before.
On the occasion of SFU's 50th Anniversary, SFU Woodward's Cultural Programs and VLAFF are honoured to co-present this dynamic fourth edition of Indigenous Film from BC & Beyond, a showcase of short films from Indigenous filmmakers from across Canada alongside works by Mixtec and Zapotec filmmakers from Oaxaca, Mexico.
SATURDAY, SEPT 12 | 7PM
FREE ADMISSION (with $2 VLAFF Membership)
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Made in Maple Ridge, BC at the YouthCO 2012 First Direction Youth Conference, with First Nations youth from BC/ 3.5 minBased on a true story from a First Nations youth, a mother’s plan backfires, and opens up an uneasy conversation.
Made in Maple Ridge, BC at the YouthCO 2012 First Direction Youth Conference with First Nations youth and elders from BC/ 6 min
The word inori in Japanese means “prayer, adoration, invocation,” and in this spirit director Pedro González-Rubio has created a breathtaking ode to a disappearing way of life. In the small mountain community of Kannogawa, Japan, the laws of nature reshape the human blueprint of what used to be a lively village. While the younger generations have migrated to the cities, the few people left perform their everyday activities with a brave perspective on their history and the cycles of life.
A family lives off the land, selling fruit to tourists at a humble roadside stall by a motorway that crosses a rural community in the Brazilian Amazon. Unlike his carefree older brother Juliano, Jonathas is an exemplary son, dedicated to his studies and to helping his parents make a living. Lured into a camping trip by his brother and by the sensuality of a Ukrainian girl, his life poignantly changes as he enters the realm of the powerful and deceiving rainforest. A beautifully shot drama of faith and nature, tradition and youth. - Vitor Borba.
When hungry, flesh-eating zombies begin to take over the island of Cuba on the anniversary of the revolution, the official media refers to the reports as isolated incidents provoked by dissidents paid by the US government. Fortunately for the future of the nation and before widespread panic fully sets in, Juan and his friends come to the rescue. Once they figure out that the only way to beat the zombies is to destroy their brains, Juan realizes there is an upside to this situation: they can confront the zombies and make some money out of it at the same time.
After living ten years in a “gilded cage,” Karen decides to leave her husband and comfortable life. She wants to make a fresh start, find out who she is—or could be. But Karen has no job, no friends, and hardly any money. She finds a cheap room in the centre of Bogotá where she meets the free-spirited Patricia, a hairdresser caught up in dreams of alluring a rich Prince Charming. Karen must struggle for her independence against all the forces that insist she give up.
An adolescent girl is torn between her grandmother’s pressure to rediscover her Mayan roots and the life she believes her recently deceased mother wanted for her in New York. Her decision could tear her family apart.
Every day dozens of decommissioned yellow school buses leave the United States on a southward migration to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly coloured camionetas that transport the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local gangs.
VLAFF 2013 Opening Night Party - SOLD OUT!!!
($15 Film Only tickets still available.)
Friday, August 30 • 9:30pm - late
Following the screening of La Playa D.C.
Featuring live music by Brisas del Palmar, direct from Santiago de Cuba. www.elgrupocubano.com
Film and Party: $25 (includes one free drink).
Limited number of tickets available.
The ANZA Club
3 West 8th Avenue (corner of Ontario Street, two blocks west of Main)