at the Vancity Theatre

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, 2011

followed by the WIFTI Short Film Showcase screening
celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th

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Films and Screenings

Saturday, March 5th
1:00 pm | 3:30 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 6th
10:30 am | 1:00 pm | 3:30 pm | 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm

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Saturday, March 5th

SHORT FILMS with TALKBACK | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A series of short films from emerging, first time directors reveals a diversity of talent and subjects.


IRRADIATE | Narrative | British Columbia | 11:35
Directed by Julia Hutchings
Amidst the isolation of windswept fields, Loretta confronts the oscillating nature of grief and loss as she moves through the formalities of her mother's death. General



WITH MY LITTLE EYE | Narrative | Australia | 15:00
Directed by Kylie Plunkett
Charlie's childhood has already been tough. On a weekend away, she must look inside herself to decide how she will face the unexpected.  Instead of losing hope, Charlie finds that sometimes you have to hit the bottom to make you realize which way is up. Parental Guidance: Coarse Language


TOUCH | Narrative | USA | 10:58
Directed by Jen McGowan
An ode to city life, TOUCH explores the universal themes of isolation and need for community when two strangers make the most important connection of their lives while waiting for a train. Parental Guidance



Directed by Nadia Litz
Love can make us do weird things. Sadie does a weird thing. She does it to her boyfriend Dennis. Keep in mind she only wants what's best for both of them: a perfect relationship. It could be the perfect relationship, too, as long as nobody bleeds to death. 14 Accompaniment: Gory Scene


Directed by A.J. Bond
A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault, in which Perrault's young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust. General



THERAPY | Narrative | British Columbia | 14:00
Directed by Lisa Newell
On the verge of despair, a frightened Theresa enters into a new kind of intensive therapy. Seduced by Victor Suave, a silver-tongued ringleader of hope, she sells her rights for one last chance at freedom. Left alone in a room with a seemingly perfect version of herself, she realizes that this form of therapy doesn't involve the conventional sit down session; it's kill or be killed. Theresa must learn that she is ultimately stronger than she gives herself credit for, before her personified hatred gets the upper hand and all is lost forever. Parental Guidance: Coarse Language; Violence



RHONDA'S PARTY | Narrative | Nova Scotia | 07:00
Directed by Ashley McKenzie
Inside a rundown nursing home, a fresh-faced nurse has helped a lonely resident plan a special 100th birthday party for her only friend. But a sudden death threatens to spoil the party. General



STIMULUS PACKAGE | Narrative | British Columbia | 06:56
Directed by Mauri Bernstein
Nancy Norman, her husband, daughter, and cat are, like many average families, feeling the financial pressures of these difficult economic times. Until their plain, brown-wrap, government-issued, stimulus package arrives.... General




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 Saturday, March 5th

SHORT FILMS with TALKBACK | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
A series of short narrative and documentary films that examine the real lives of women.


MÈRE TERRE, TAIRE | Narrative | Manitoba | 07:34
Directed by Colette Balcaen
Colette Balcaen set herself up in the middle of an ancestral field with her large red knitted art piece to contemplate the prairie and all the generations of women who have seen the changes over the years. The images mark the passing of time. The heavy, continuous rocking of the oil well pumps dominates the nature activated by the wind. General


BUSHWHACK | Narrative | British Columbia | 05:10
Directed by Heather Haley
Adapted from the provocative book and unique collaboration by visual artist Tina Schliessler and poet Heather Susan Haley, BUSHWHACK compels the viewer to see—and hear—the forest in an entirely new way. General



ORIANA | Animation | BRITISH COLUMBIA | 04:00
Directed by Kara Miranda Lawrence
A whimsical 3D animated fairytale adapted from the iconic Portuguese novel “A Fada Oriana” by the late Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. A young fairy named Oriana is entrusted to take care of an Azorean forest and all its inhabitants. However, she becomes mesmerized by her reflection and the forest is destroyed due to her neglect. Will Oriana be able to redeem herself and save the forest in time? General


CEDAR AND BAMBOO | Documentary | British Columbia | 22:00
Directed by Diana Leung and Kamala Todd
Recounting the life experiences of four descendants of mixed heritage, CEDAR AND BAMBOO explores the unique relationships shared by early Chinese immigrants and Indigenous people on Canada’s West Coast. Set in British Columbia, their stories reveal the difficult circumstances of Indigenous people and early Chinese immigrants. General


INSCAPE | Documentary | British Columbia | 06:00
Directed by Natalie Robison
Performed by world renowned contortionist Jinny Jessica Jacinto, INSCAPE is a commentary on the ineffability of the human experience and an exploration of the limits of film, flesh and artistic representation. It is at once a reminder of our binding embodiment and an invitation to openly challenge the borders that confine us. General



THE BUSINESS OF HOPE | Documentary | USA | 06:01
Directed by Rustin Thompson
In Latin America, pouring your heart and every penny back into your business is rarely enough to get ahead.  A modest loan can make all the difference.  THE BUSINESS OF HOPE introduces us to small businesswomen in Bolivia and Nicaragua whose lives have been transformed by microfinance. General


HAND TO TOE, AN EXPLORATION IN THE ART OF GIVING | Documentary | Northwest Territories | 08:29
Directed by France Benoit
Every Wednesday, volunteers from the Salvation Army shelter in Yellowknife offer to wash the feet of men and women from the streets. The homeless experience warmth, water and tenderness. The volunteers explore the art of giving by invoking the grace and security of the womb. General


GHOST NOISE | Documentary | Nunavut/Ontario | 23:00
Directed by Marcia Connolly
“I do not draw simply the surface of the landscape. I feel I am capturing the breath and soul of the earth.” An encounter with artist Shuvinai Ashoona in her natural habitat, Marcia Connolly's film adopts the Inuit woman's poetic artistry, which draws its inspiration from the mythological and mundane in equal parts. “Everything’s a ghost noise… It’s good to listen to them but it’s not good to learn it.” General

BELLE & EMMA | Documentary | British Columbia | 03:15
Directed by Rebecca Johanson
A short film that explores the special nature of the grandmother-granddaughter relationship. We can see not only what the old can teach the young, but what the younger generation has to share with their elders. General


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 Saturday, March 5th

FEATURE FILM with TALKBACK | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Narrative | USA/Canada/Iran | 108:00
Directed by Naghmeh Shirkhan


A story that weaves through the lives of five generations of mothers and daughters, THE NEIGHBOR takes its audience on an unexpected journey. Shirin (Azita Sahebjam), a middle-aged woman living in Vancouver has seemingly outlived most of her passions. As she yearns for something to give meaning to her monotonous days and nights, a chance encounter with her next door neighbor, Leila (Tara Nazemi), promises to unfold a new chapter in her life. Attempting to befriend Leila, Shirin's persistent curiosity soon uncovers there's more to the young woman than Leila is ready to reveal. Tangled in a budding romance, and burdened by a heavy responsibility, Leila’s life has taken an alternate path. Unwilling to reach out to Shirin, Leila underestimates the power of her neighbor's unsolicited presence in her world, one inhabited by more than just unfulfilled dreams.As Shirin struggles to reconnect the fragments of her unsettled past, Leila's story presents a poignant reason for embracing the present and looking forward to the promises of the future. The women each come to a new understanding of life, bound with a mutual need for the other.

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Saturday, March 5th

FEATURE FILM with TALKBACK | 9:30 pm - 11:30 pm


Documentary | British Columbia | 88:00
Produced by Montana Berg
Directed by John Zaritsky
Parental Guidance: Coarse Language


Ninety minutes of songs about life and quips about death from the wheelchair of Carla Zilbersmith who vows to exit laughing. Once a nationally-known singer/comedienne, now fated by ALS, remarkable Carla leaves a teen-aged son, fans who adore her, and this 90-minute pre-mortem retrospective of a life lived fully but too fast.

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