FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 14

Cloudboy

In Dutch, Swedish and Sami with English subtitles*

WEST COAST PREMIERE 

Twelve-year-old Niilas is a resourceful city kid who leads a privileged life with his dad in Belgium. He hasn’t seen his mother for over a decade. She lives with a new spouse and kids among their reindeer in her Sápmi homeland in rural Northern Sweden. Against his will, Niilas is sent to spend summer vacation with his mom.

Earth: One Amazing Day

 

OPENING NIGHT FILM | VANCOUVER PREMIERE

*The Opening Party will be held in the VIFF Vancity Theatre atrium, after the screening, entrance is included with a valid ticket from the film  (April 8). Representatives from the film will be available via Skype to answer your questions.*

The long-awaited sequel to BBC Earth Film’s Earth is narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford.

High Fantasy

CLOSING NIGHT FILM | WEST COAST PREMIERE

Though apartheid formally ended in 1991, the weight of South Africa’s colonial roots persist today. Lexi and a group of new friends embark on a road trip to her grandfather’s farm. On the way it’s revealed that generations ago Lexi’s white family stole swaths of land from black South Africans. Tensions escalate as they explore the outcomes of the country’s racist past. After an uncomfortable night in the tent, they awake to learn that they’ve mysteriously switched bodies and are now confronted with another person’s lived reality. Literally and figuratively inhabiting the discomfort of the unfamiliar, each person learns more than they expect about the other’s experience.

Treasures

In Spanish with English subtitles*

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Over 400 years ago British privateer Sir Francis Drake led expeditions through much of the Americas. Eventually, he landed in Barra de Potosí, off the Pacific coast of Mexico, where today two environmental scientists are living and doing research with their children. Six-year-old Dylan is enjoying this tropical getaway, whereas his older sister Andrea misses her home. In a small beach-side classroom, Jacinta and the other students welcome the siblings to join fun, hands-on lessons about baby sea turtles, crabs, birds, whales, and other fauna and flora indigenous to the environment.

Village Rockstars

In Assamese with English Subtitles 

WEST COAST PREMIERE

Living in Chayagaon village in India’s northeast state of Assam, Dhunu is an observant and precocious young girl with ambitious dreams. She longs to play a real guitar and is mindful that she deserves the same privilege as the boys in her village. The kids host pretend concerts with their homemade styrofoam guitars, commanding the spotlight on their makeshift stage.