2016-films

 

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Featured Events At The Empire Theatre


Miss Sharon Jones! – Opening Gala

Friday Mar 4 |  7 pm | The Empire Theatre
USA | 2015 | 93 min  Opening Gala

Directed by: Barbara Kopple

The first official documentary about Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings from two-time Academy Award- winning director Barbara Kopple. On the eve of the release of her new album, internationally recognized soul singer Sharon Jones was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tour dates were cancelled, the album pushed back and Sharon entered into a fight for her life and career. MISS SHARON JONES! intimately follows this intense and courageous year in Sharon’s life.

Gala Screening to be followed by a very special performance by The Soul Motivators!

Sponsored by Pretsell Davies Lawyers

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Al Purdy Was Here

Sat Mar 5 | 7:30 pm | The Empire Theatre
Canada | 2015 | 92 min

Directed by: Brian D. Johnson

What does it take to carve out a career as a poet? Why on earth would anyone attempt it? The portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet, at a time when the category barely existed, and his Roblin Lake A-Frame in Prince Edward County that became a mecca for early pioneers of Canadian literature.

Discussion with Director Brian D. Johnson and Poet Katherine Leyton to follow!

Presented by: Bay of Quinte Mutual Insurance Co.

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Unbranded – DocFest Finale

Sunday Mar 6 |  4 pm | The Empire Theatre
USA | 2015 | 1hr 46min

Directed by: Phillip Baribeau

Border to border from Mexico to Canada, four friends embarked on the journey of a lifetime, across solely public land with 16 wild mustangs in tow. With exquisite cinematography of breathtaking terrain from the Grand Canyon to Yellowstone, Unbranded takes us into this challenging endeavour, exploring the greater plight of the mustangs, threatened by decreasing public lands, highways and tourism. 

Winner – Audience Award , Hot Docs 2015

Presented by: Bell Media Best of Hot Docs

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2016 Films

 

Addiction Incorporated

(School Screening)
Fri Mar 4 | 10:30am | CORE Screen 1
USA | 2011 | 102 min

Directed by: Charles Evans Jr. 

The true story of the tobacco companies’ commitment to addicting the human brain and how the world came to know about it.

“This film would be excellent for students – denormalizing the tobacco industry is one of the best tobacco prevention methods we have.”David Patterson – Health Promoter/Youth Engagement Coordinator, Health Protection Department- Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Sponsored by: Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

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After the Last River

Sun Mar 6 | 1pm | The Empire Theatre
Canada | 2015 | 88 min | INDIE

Directed by: Victoria Lean

In the shadow of a De Beers diamond mine, the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, as it transforms into a modern frontier. Residents are increasingly troubled by the lack of direct resources sharing and mounting concerns over environmental issues.

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Sponsored by: Watershed Magazine

Showing with the WOLVERINE: THE FIGHT OF THE JAMES BAY CREE

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The Amina Profile

Fri Mar 4 | 2:30pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2015 | 85 min

Directed by: Sophie Deraspe

Lesbian eroticism, the Arab Spring and a suspicious abduction turn an online love affair between a Montreal woman and the writer of the popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus into an international thriller about identity.

Winner—Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2015

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Sponsored by: Belleville Pride

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A Ballerina’s Tale

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 1
USA | 2015 | 85 min

Directed by: Nelson George

Shining a light on important issues in the world of ballet, including the absence of women of colour and the detrimental focus on skinny bodies, A Ballerina’s Tale is a remarkable story of how great talent and willpower can open doors in a very exclusive world.

Sponsored by: Quinte Ballet School of Canada

Showing with: DREAM TO DANCE

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Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan shorts

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | Belleville Public Library
Canada | 2015 | 87 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Doug Knutson

The Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan is restoring the environmental integrity and the long-term viability of the Bay of Quinte ecosystem. After intensive scientific research, environmental challenges have been identified and addressed and a process has started to reverse the damage.

Showing with: FRACTURED LAND

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Best of Enemies

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | Belleville Public Library
USA | 2015 | 87 min

Directed by: Robert Gordon & Neville Morgan

When ABC News hired archenemies Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. to cover the 1968 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, their intellectual and personal mudslinging not only revolutionized TV news, but the shape of American political discourse.

Presented by: Bell Media Best of Hot Docs

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Beyond the Horizon

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 8 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Ryan Noth

In this majestic chronicle of Parks Canada’s investigation of the wreck of the HMS Erebus, sweeping panoramic snowscapes and chilling underwater images evoke the haunting isolation of Arctic exploration.

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Code Stroke

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 15 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Gerry Frailberg

An educational video documenting a stroke victim arriving at Belleville General Hospital where paramedics stay with the patient until they’re in the CT scanner, saving valuable time. The results are sent electronically to a neurologist who decides whether to administer clot busting medication and then advises local staff using bedside video conference.

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Dream to Dance

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 1
Canada | 2015 | 3 min

Directed by: Drew Berry

A collage of moments from the Quinte Ballet School of Canada’s 2015 Summer Dance Intensive. Dancers came from across Canada and the world, and over the course of the program trained in ballet, pointe, modern, hip hop, jazz, national, creative movement and improvisation.

Sponsored by: Quinte Ballet School of Canada

Showing with: A BALLERINA’S TALE

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The Elmira Case

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 1
Canada | 2015 | 16 min | INDIE

Directed by: Jonathan Steckley

A vandalism spree by drunk teenagers in Elmira Ontario in 1974 leads to the founding of the world-wide restorative justice movement. Proving redemption is possible, one of the perpetrators went on to graduate from college and become an advocate for young offenders.

Sponsored by: Kingston Community Chaplaincy

Showing with: PERVERT PARK

 

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The Last Stanza

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2016 | 30 min | LOCAL

Directed by: JP Lemieux

The Bulls leaving took Belleville by surprise, but the season was not over. This is the story of the final regular season home game, told by the people who made it happen.

Presented by: TVCogeco Belleville

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Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | Belleville Public Library
USA, Japan, South Korea, UK | 2015 | 75 min

Directed by: Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang

Solutions for our ecological, economic, and social crises come from unexpected places, as two cultural explorers take us on a journey through Japan, Korea and the United States, turning our perceptions of food and life upside down in an amazingly simple and poetic way.

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Fractured Land

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | Belleville Public Library
Canada | 2015 | 78 min

Directed by: Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher

With some of the world’s largest fracking operations on his territory, a young indigenous leader and lawyer confronts the fractures within his community and himself as he struggles to reconcile traditional teachings with the law to protect his land.

Sponsored by: Council of Canadians Quinte

Showing with: BAY OF QUINTE REMEDIAL ACTION PLAN shorts

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Frame by Frame

Sun Mar 6 | 10am | The Empire Theatre
USA | 2015 | 84 min

Directed by: Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli

When the Taliban ruled, taking a photo was a crime. After decades of war and this oppressive regime, four Afghan photojournalists, one a graduate of Loyalist College, face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own, reframing their country for the world and for themselves.

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Sponsored by: Loyalist College

Showing with: Loyalist TVNM FourSquared

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Fringe Party

Sat Mar 5 | 4:30pm | Belleville Public Library
Canada | 2015 | 45 min

Directed by: Josh Jensen

An exploration of small political parties in Canada during the lead-up to the 2015 federal election The candidates discuss issues such as the role of government, legalization of marijuana, religion in politics, electoral reform, and why they have the best plan for the future of Canada.

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Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 80 min

Directed by: Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard

Child soldier or unrepentant terrorist? After spending 13 years behind bars, including a decade at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre, 28-year-old Omar Khadr is suddenly released in Canada. Finally, his story, in his own words.

Sponsored by: Amnesty International 

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Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2015 | 75 min

Directed by: D. Charles Wilkinson

The team behind Oil Sands Karaoke captures the stunning beauty of Haida Gwaii, where aboriginal rights activists, newcomer ecologists and quirky islanders unite to create a sustainable and healing community – now at risk from a proposed oil tanker route.

Presented by: Bell Media Best of Hot Docs

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He Named me Malala

(School Screening)

Fri Mar 4 | 10:30am | Belleville Public Library
USA | 2015 | 87 min

Directed by: David Guggenheim

After the Taliban tries to kill her for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education, Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai emerges as a leading advocate for children’s rights and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize. an inside glimpse into her extraordinary life — from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life at home.

Sponsored by: Canadian Federation of University Women Belleville & District 

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Highway of Tears

Fri Mar 4 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 1
USA | 2015 | 76 min

Directed by: Matthew Smiley

The personal stories of 18 missing and murdered, primarily aboriginal women along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern BC. Many in the Aboriginal communities estimate the number to be much higher and they have to live each day without closure as their sisters and daughters still remain technically missing.

Sponsored by: Quinte Coordinating Committee Against Violence

NOTE! This film contains graphic and sensitive subject matter. Counsellors will be on hand to provide support to anyone who may be adversely affected by the content.

 

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How to Change the World

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | Pinnacle Playhouse
UK/Canada | 2015 | 112 min

Directed by: Jerry Rothwell

In 1971, a group of friends sail into a nuclear test zone and their protest captures the world’s attention. Using never before seen archival footage, this film examines the early days of Greenpeace and co-founder Bob Hunter’s commitment to environmental issues.

Presented by: Bell Media Best of Hot Docs

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The Last Tear

Fri Mar 4 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 2
USA | 2015 | 53 min | INDIE

Directed by: Christopher Lee

Sexual violence against women has accompanied almost every large-scale conflict, yet most of its victims are silenced. One such sad episode is that of the ‘comfort women’ recruited to serve the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. A few remaining survivors can still remember the pain and suffering,

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Sponsored by: Sexual Assault Centre of Quinte & District

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Laxmi’s Legacy

Fri Mar 4 | 4pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2015 | 3 min | INDIE

Directed by: Micah Bond

Laxmi was a young girl living in poverty in Nepal, destined for an arranged marriage by the age of 15, who just wanted to go to school. Canadian nurse Mary McWhirter, working in the region, offered financial and moral support which enabled Laxmi to continue her education and ultimately become a doctor.

Sponsored by: Stirling-Rawdon Public Library

Showing with: TRACEABLE

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Lest we Forget – The Price of Freedom

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 21 min | LOCAL

Directed by: James A. Smith & Laura J. Forth

The tiny village of Deloro contributed to the war effort at a critical point of WWII. The price was terrible environmental devastation and much loss of life. But now it rises again. Without Deloro, our brave men and women in uniform wouldn’t have had the tools they needed to defeat fascism.

Sponsored by: Hastings County Historical Society

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Living on One Dollar

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | CORE Screen 1
USA/Guatemala | 2013 | 56 min

Directed by: Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard & Chris Temple

The journey of four friends as they set out to live on just one dollar a day for two months in rural Guatemala. They battle hunger, parasites and extreme financial stress as they attempt to survive life on the edge. Thanks to the generosity of new-found friends they make it through.

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Sponsored by: Community Development Council of Quinte

Showing with: MAX’S GREENWHEELS

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Living Poetry with Rick Patrick

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 19 min | LOCAL

Directed by: David Maltby

Rick Patrick is the filmmaker’s neighbour, a retired high school teacher who had a very difficult and abusive childhood, was angry with the world until he found inner peace and redemption through writing poetry. A quiet and gentle exploration of Rick’s life.

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Lowdown Tracks

Sat Mar 5 | 4:30pm | CORE Screen 1
Canada | 2015 | 87 min

Directed by: Shelley Saywell

Homeless, home free or living on the margins, a group of desperate street musicians tell it like it is. At a time of extreme social inequality, the balladeers of the ‘lowdown’ possess talent, passion and a unique view of society, as seen from the curb. How did they get there and how do they survive?

Sponsored by: Community Advocacy and Legal Centre

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Loyalist College: TVNM FourSquared

Sun Mar 6 | 10am | The Empire Theatre
Canada | 2015/2016 | 4 min each | LOCAL

Multiple Directors 

DocFest is committed to supporting up-and-coming student filmmakers. Four, four-minute films will be selected at the Loyalist College Television and New Media Production film screenings on March 3rd and shown at The Empire Theatre on Sunday before the feature FRAME BY FRAME. Be sure to come out to see these amazing short films from our next generation of filmmakers!

Showing with: FRAME BY FRAME

Sponsored by: Loyalist College School of Media Arts + Design

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Marinoni: The Fire in the Frame

Sat Mar 5 | 4:30pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada/Italy | 2015 |  90min

Directed by: Tony Girardin

Giuseppe Marinoni found his calling when he transitioned from champion cyclist to master bike craftsman but after years hunched over toxic fumes, his passion almost killed him. Today at 75, Marinoni is back in top shape on a bike he built with his own hands attempting the world hour record for his age group.

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Sponsored by: Belleville on Bikes

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Max’s Greenwheels

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | CORE Screen 1
Canada | 2015 | 19 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Sean Scally

A short film about the ideas and efforts of Max Valyear, an urban farmer in Belleville. Ontario. City core brown spaces are sad and expanses of lawns could be put to better use. Urban gardening and educating the very young is how Max teaches by example while making a living in the city.

Showing with: LIVING ON ONE DOLLAR

Sponsored by: Green Task Force – City of Belleville

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The Messenger

Fri Mar 4 | 12:30pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada/France | 2015 | 93 min

Directed by: Su Rynard

From Turkey’s Mount Ararat to the streets of New York, experts and enthusiasts raise the alarm over the disappearance of populations of glorious songbirds – humanity’s canary in the coalmine signaling ever-worsening environmental devastation.

Sponsored by: Quinte Field Naturalists

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Mom and Me

Fri Mar 4 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 1
Canada | 2015 | 58 min | INDIE

Directed by: Lena Macdonald

A personal and intimate documentary about a young filmmaker coming of age in extraordinary circumstances, it follows the complicated relationship between the director and her mother, who was once a filmmaker herself, but ended up homeless, crack-addicted and on the streets.

Sponsored by: Harm Reduction Task Force

Showing with: WAKE UP

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Move for Inclusion

Sat Mar 5 | 10am | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2016 | 45 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Ben Quaiff

This inspirational film follows Nick Foley as he completes a nationwide bike ride fundraiser promoting inclusion of all people regardless of their exceptionalities. Watch Nick’s physical and emotional journey unfold as he completes his journey towards a more inclusive Canada.

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Music at Port Milford

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada | 2015 | 7 min | LOCAL

Directed by: Peter Lockyer

This intensive four-week summer, chamber music experience for young, serious string players and pianists, in rural Prince Edward County, focuses on a cooperative atmosphere allowing students to produce refined weekly performances of chamber, choral, and orchestral works.

Sponsored by: Quinte Arts Council

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Pervert Park

Sat Mar 5 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 1
Sweden/Denmark | 2015 | 77 min

Directed by: Lasse Barkfors & Frida Barfors

Not an exercise in sympathy or exploitation, this gripping film confronts the increasingly problematic methods of identifying and prosecuting sexual predators, and bravely engages the most taboo issue: the inevitability of reintegrating them into society. What also emerges is an urgent social crisis few wish to acknowledge, let alone confront.

Sponsored by: John Howard Society of Belleville

NOTE! This film contains graphic and sensitive subject matter. Counsellors will be on hand to provide support to anyone who may be adversely affected by the content.

Showing with: THE ELMIRA CASE

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Private Violence

Fri Mar 4 | 4pm | CORE Screen 2
USA | 2014 | 80 min

Directed by: Cynthia Hill

The most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Through the eyes of two survivors we bear witness to the complicated and complex realities of intimate partner violence and why it isn’t always on option to “just leave”.

NOTE! This film contains graphic and sensitive subject matter. Counsellors will be on hand to provide support to anyone who may be adversely affected by the content.

Sponsored by: Three Oaks Shelter & Services

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Regarding Susan Sontag

Fri Mar 4 | 12:30pm | Belleville Public Library
USA | 2015 | 100 min

Directed by: Nancy D. Kates

An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century. Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation. Narrated by Patricia Clarkson.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Belleville Library

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Scarlet Road

Fri Mar 4 | 4pm | CORE Screen 1
Australia | 2011 | 106 min

Directed by: Catherine Scott

Rachel Wotton is impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers. Her highly specialized and extraordinary work focuses on a long over-looked clientèle – people with disabilities.

Sponsored by: Women and Girls’ Outreach Network

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Shoulder The Lion

Fri Mar 4 | 2:30pm | Belleville Public Library
USA/France/Ireland | 2015 | 74 min

Directed by: Erinnisse Heuer & Patryk Rebisz

Using art as the catalyst, this film explores how the human spirit prevails in the face of tragedy. The film features three people; a photographer who becomes blind, a painter/sculptor who loses half her brain in a boxing match and a musician losing his hearing to tinnitus.

Sponsored by: Belleville Art Association

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Sugar Coated

(School Screening)

Fri Mar 4 | 10:30am | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2015 | 85 min

Directed by: Michele Hozer

As obesity rates skyrocket and doctors treat the first generation of children with fatty-liver disease, the sugar industry has adopted the Big Tobacco playbook to sow confusion and doubt – and keep its profits sweet.

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This Changes Everything

Fri Mar 4 | 12:30pm | CORE Screen 2
Canada/USA | 2015 | 89 min

Directed by: Avi Lewis

Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre

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Traceable

Fri Mar 4 | 4pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2014 | 68 min

Directed by: Jennifer Sharpe

Set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and our increasing disconnect of where and how clothing is made, the film follows an emerging fashion designer’s journey to explore our connection to the communities impacted by the products we consume.

Sponsored by: Marina Boretski, Lisa Morris and Lindy Powell

Showing with: LAXMI’S LEGACY

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T-Rex

(School Screening)

Fri Mar 4 | 10:30am | CORE Screen 2
USA | 2015 | 86 min

Directed by: Zackary Canepari & Drea Cooper

A 17-year-old girl wants to become an Olympic boxing champion. On the streets of Flint, Michigan she is undefeated and confident but how far will her resilience and determination get her? She will do anything to protect her family but will instability and addictions threaten to derail her dream?

Sponsored by: Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association

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Urbanized

Sat Mar 5 | 4:30pm | CORE Screen 2
USA | 2011 | 85 min

Directed by: Gary Hustwit

Featuring some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers, this film looks at the challenges of urban planning – balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development and environmental policy – issues that are fast becoming universal concerns and yet any dialogue is disconnected from the public domain.

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Sponsored by: St. Lawrence Valley Society of Architects

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Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd

Sat Mar 5 | 2:30pm | Pinnacle Playhouse
Canada | 2015 | 99 min

Directed By: Patricio Henriquez

The incredible odyssey of 22 Chinese, Turkic-speaking Muslims, a persecuted minority in their homeland, who flee only to be sold as terrorists to the Americans and shipped to Guantanamo. Three of their stories are told in depth. You will learn who the Uyghurs are and so much more.

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Sponsored by: United Nations in Canada, Quinte Branch

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Wake Up

Fri Mar 4 | 2:30pm | CORE Screen 1
USA | 2015 | 8 min | INDIE

Directed by: Erin Babbin and Michael Sullivan

A young filmmaker explores her role in three generations of women artists using archival photographs and films created by her grandmother and mother. The film sheds light on the universal subject of the artist and addiction, including the tragedies that too often accompany them, while leaving room for redemption through artistic practice.

Sponsored by: Hastings and Prince Edward Harm Reduction Task Force

Showing with: MOM AND ME

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Wawahte: Stories of Indian Residential School Survivors

Fri Mar 4 | 4pm | Belleville Public Library
Canada | 2015 | 49 min | INDIE

Produced and Edited by: John Sanfilippo

Archival images combined with elements from an audio book by Robert P. Wells, tell the story of residential schools by three of its survivors. They trusted Bob with their very personal stories so that all Canadians might find mutual healing and understanding

Sponsored by: United Church of Canada Kente Presbytery

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The Wolverine: The Fight of the James Bay Cree

Sun Mar 6 | 1pm | The Empire Theatre
Canada | 2015 | 9 min

Directed by: Ernest Webb

An ancient legend becomes an allegory for the Cree Nation’s fight against uranium mining in James Bay, Quebec. This poetic and deeply relevant film traces Cree culture, its relationship with the land and strength of community.

Showing with: AFTER THE LAST RIVER

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