The Department of Communication and Culture and University of Calgary Film Society Present

Join us for our last film screening of the season: Plot for Peace

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Plot for Peace (2013)

WHEN & WHERE: 

Wednesday, March 26th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

 

ABOUT THE FILM:

Plot for Peace tells the strange and mysterious story of a lone French business men, who behind closed doors, was instrumental in releasing Mandela from prison. Utilizing interviews with figures directly involved with the historical events (including Winnie Mandela), Plot for Peace sheds light on a part of history that for so long lay hidden. As exciting as any political thriller, directors Carlos Agullo and Many Jacobson shows the complexities of international real politik and a rare look at the combination of social and economic forces that finally brought Apartheid to its knees. Filled with tense moments that would rival those of Argo, Plot for Peace is an inspiring film that shows us the power of a single individual to influence the course of history.

Directed by Carlos Agulló and Mandy Jacobson

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AWARDS:

• Galway Film Fleadh International Documentary Award

• São Paulo International Jury Award for Best Documentary

• Audience Award for Best International Documentary

Please join Movies That Matter for our final film screening of the 2013-2014 season.

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: March 17, 2014 — 12:08 am

Purgatorio: A Journey into the Heart of the Border

Purgatorio (2013), A film by Rodrigo Reyes

WHEN

Wednesday, February 26th at 7:00pm

at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library

ABOUT THE FILM

Following in the poetic tradition of Terence Malick, Ron Fricke and Werner Herzog, Purgatorio is a beautiful, elegant portrait of the US Mexican border and the lives of those who live in its shadow. At some moments cynical, others hopeful, the film offers us a difficult, direct and often brutal vision of the border, which is ultimately framed as a testament to human division, separation and indifference towards each other. Rather than taking a “Voice of God” or a talking head approach, director Rodrigo Reyes limits his voice-over to offering poetic contexts to the images, and rather than speaking for the subjects he allows them to speak for themselves, with all their faults and complexities. So although the images are often disturbing, they work in a holistically way, as an interrogation and exploration of human separation.

Directed by Rodrigo Reyes
Produced by Inti Cordera
Executive Producer: Hugo Perez
Cinematography by Justin Chin
A co-production of RR CINEMA, LA MAROMA PRODUCTIONS and FOPROCINE
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PRESS

“A searing, horrifying, at times starkly beautiful documentary ode to the netherworlds surrounding the U.S.-Mexico barrier” – Andrew Barker, VARIETY

“An elegiac and cinematically shot poem filled with emotional narration and iconography” – Christine Davila, IndieWIRE

“Beautifully photographed, exquisitely crafted film with poetic overtones and a wide sweeping vision” – Alan Berliner, Documentary Filmmaker

AWARDS

Jury Award for Best Documentary, NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Jury Award for Best Documentary, THIS HUMAN WORLD

• 25 New Faces of Independent Film, FILMMAKER MAGAZINE

TRIVIA

Purgatorio was shot with a film crew of three over the course of 4 weeks in Mexico during Fall 2011

• The idea for the film was seeded in 2009 during Reyes' harsh encounter with the realities of the Mexico/US border while filming in Mexico for the experimental documentary Memories of the Future

• The film maker spent 2 years as a Spanish interpreter in an emergency room and a state court to fund Purgatorio

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30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 18, 2014 — 3:29 am

Tough Bond

Wednesday 29th January

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

With special apologies to everyone who came out for our cancelled November screening, we begin 2014 with a presentation of the previously scheduled Tough Bond. We’ll have special treats to hand out to attendees this month to make up for the mishap.

ABOUT THE FILM

They call themselves “Survivors”: Kenya’s new generation of displaced youth. Cut off from their traditional villages, huffing Tough Bond glue to endure the hell of street life.

Tough Bond follows four children living in an urban wilderness where family can only be found with their fiercely loyal “survivor” gang. Together they brave violence, hunger, and AIDS without a community or a government to protect them. Raw and unflinching, Tough Bond emerges from slum alleyways and villages gripped by decay to deliver an alarming portrait of life in modern Kenya.

Directed by Austin Peck, Anneliese Vandenberg

Produced by the Village Beat, and Executive producers Sam Citron and Brian

30 minute discussion to follow screening (TBA)

 

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 18, 2014 — 3:28 am

Fire in the Blood

Wednesday 30th October

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

 

ABOUT THE FILM

An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths -  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.

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30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR DYLAN MOHAN GRAY.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: October 11, 2013 — 5:19 pm

Terms and Conditions May Apply

Wednesday 25th September

7PM in The Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Admit it: you don’t really read the endless terms and conditions connected to every website you visit, phone call you make or app you download. But every day, billion-dollar corporations are learning more about your interests, your friends and family, your finances, and your secrets… and are not only selling the information to the highest bidder, but freely sharing it with the government. And you agreed to all of it. With fascinating examples and so-unbelievable-they’re-almost-funny facts, filmmaker Cullen Hoback exposes what governments and corporations are legally taking from you every day – turning the future of both privacy and civil liberties uncertain. From whistle blowers and investigative journalists to zombie fan clubs and Egyptian dissidents, this disquieting exposé demonstrates how every one of us has incrementally opted-in to a real-time surveillance state, click by click- and what, if anything, can be done about it.

30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING WITH DR. TOM KEENAN

We are pleased to announce our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Tom Keenan Professor of Environmental Design and Computer Science at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Tom Keenan, FCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP combines a deep computer science background with a lively appreciation of the legal and social issues that make technology so interesting.  He was educated at Columbia University earning degrees in philosophy, mathematics, engineering and education.   A committed lifelong learner, he learned how to fly a plane in Alberta, defuse an IED in Afghanistan, and scrub in on a liver transplant in Belgium.

A frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Television, he writes a regular column for the Postmedia newspaper chain and is National Technology Correspondent for the Business Edge News Magazine.  Tom is often quoted in business and trade publications, and has been a featured speaker at many industry and academic events.  He has testified as an expert witness in a number of technology-related civil and criminal cases and serves on boards including the ICTC Council of Canada, the Alberta Capital Markets Foundation and the SEEDS Foundation.

At the University of Calgary he has been a professor in several faculties, pioneering dean of the Faculty of Continuing Education, and founding director of the Shad Valley Program for gifted teenagers.  He currently serves as Professor of Environmental Design, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, and Research Fellow of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

(403) 220-7437
keenan@ucalgary.ca
Twitter:  @drfuture
Blog:  decreeping.wordpress.com

 

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: August 27, 2013 — 6:02 pm

PAD YATRA: A Green Oddyssey

Wednesday, March 27 – 7:00 PM

Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

ABOUT THE FILM

Pad Yatra: A Green Oddyssey is presented as part of NUTV’s environmentally-themed Greenlite Arts Festival. Shot with solar power by Ladakhi monk Ngawang Sodpa, the film features United Nations MDG Honoree H.H. the Gyalwang Drukpa and supporter Aamir Khan. The film is executive produced by Michelle Yeoh, narrated by Daryl Hannah, and it is the debut feature project of writer/director Wendy J.N. Lee.

This film’s story opens in Ladakh, India (“Little Tibet”), during the aftermath of a freak weather phenomenon known as a cloudburst. Several inches of rain fall in the first sixty seconds, decimating the area with an apocalyptic cascade of mudslides and flash floods. As incidences like this increase over time, entire cultures are now under threat of dispersion, not by the hand of genocide or war, but by the climate chaos associated with global warming.

A cry for survival, the “eco-Pad Yatra” seen in the film was a trek of unparalleled  danger, designed to spread the modern message of  environmental compassion by human’s most basic means –by walking, village to village, and showing by example. Collecting trash and plastic from water sources, the trekkers educated remote villages on reusing non-biodegradable materials, planting trees, and how to live responsibly as their traditional lives are now changing.

Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, the 700 trekkers emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.

30 MINUTE DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING with writer/director of the film Wendy J.N. Lee.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: March 5, 2013 — 2:18 pm

In honour of Black History Month: Long Distance Revolutionary

Wednesday, February 27 – 7:00 PM

Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

ABOUT THE FILM

Join us for the Canadian Premiere of Long Distance Revolutionary. In January 2012, Mumia Abu-Jamal was transferred to the general prison population after nearly 30 years in solitary confinement on death row and was permitted physical contact with his wife, children and other visitors for the first time in three decades. He had been sentenced to death in 1982 for the Dec. 9, 1981, killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His sentence was recently amended to life without parole. The misconduct of the judge, flagrant irregularities in his trial and tainted evidence have been criticized by numerous human rights organizations, including Amnesty International. Rather than revisit the case, this film chronicles his importance and life as an American journalist, radical and intellectual under the harsh realities of Pennsylvania’s death row. Abu-Jamal has published seven books in prison, including his searing and best-selling “Live From Death Row.” The film also features Cornel West, James Cone, Dick Gregory, Angela Davis, Alice Walker and others.

DISCUSSION TO FOLLOW SCREENING WITH WRITER/DIRECTOR STEPHEN VITTORIA.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: February 5, 2013 — 3:22 pm

Elemental – Three Stories, Three Continents, All Connected by Water

Wednesday, January 30 – 7:00 PM

Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

ABOUT THE FILM

Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. An Australian inventor and entrepreneur, Jay Harmon, who searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. And a young mother and Denè, Eriel Deranger, who struggles with family challenges while campaigning  against the Oil Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline right here in Alberta.

30 MINUTE DISCUSSION WITH ERIEL DERANGER TO FOLLOW SCREENING.

All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early as space is limited.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.

Updated: November 29, 2012 — 1:03 pm

Kumaré: The True Story of a False Prophet

Wednesday, November 28 – 7:00 PM

Gallery Hall in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary

ABOUT THE FILM

Produced by the same minds behind Bruno, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi set out to challenge one of the most widely accepted taboos: that only a tiny 1% can connect the rest of the world to a higher power. What begins as an earnest survey of yoga culture in North America takes an unexpected and poignant turn when self-proclaimed religious skeptic Vikram Gandhi delves deep into the world of gurus. Gandhi transcends the typical critique of New Age culture as he transforms himself, in a true method-acting performance, into the Guru Kumaré. He discovers that all a guru requires is followers, an ideology and an Indian accent. Step one: grow your hair and beard. Step two: immerse yourself in yoga and meditation. Step three: dive head first into your inner pool of spiritual leadership. As a filmmaker, Gandhi walks an ethical minefield, endeavoring to treat his subjects with sensitivity and respect. As Kumaré, he carefully avoids humiliating or duping his followers, attempting to speak in truths and to impart lessons worth learning. A post-modern comedy that’s both revelatory and inspiring, Kumaré may just unleash the guru within you.

DISCUSSION WITH THE FILMMAKER TO FOLLOW SCREENING.

Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)

All proceeds go towards the campus food bank Adopt-a-Student-Family program.

 

Updated: November 26, 2012 — 3:00 pm
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