Alive and Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa – 11:45am SID – 19 min.

Alive and Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa – 11:45am SID – 19 min.

Alive and Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa

Saturday 11:45AM SID

19 min.

2015

Filmmaker: Lara-Ann deWet

 

Filmed in the heart of Limpopo, South Africa, the village grannies (aged 55 - 84) lace up their soccer boots and start kicking their way through centuries of taboos. Dealing with their own stories of abuse, poverty & neglect these women come together on the soccer pitch for their weekly dose of therapy- both emotional & physical, and to celebrate being alive. Through their camaraderie on the field they play serious soccer then break into laughter and song as they wage a singular fight for a decent life, true health and a chance to experience joy in a brutal world. Audience Award for Best Short Film, Seattle Int’l Film Festival.

 

WEconomics – 11:45 am UNS – 20 min.

WEconomics – 11:45 am UNS – 20 min.

WEconomics

Saturday 11:45AM UNS

20 min.

McNabb/ Connolly, 2016

Filmmakers: Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young

 

The Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy has one of the highest concentrations of cooperative businesses in the developed world. The capital, Bologna, is an industrial powerhouse where prosperity is widely shared and cooperatives of teachers and social workers play a key role in the provision of government services. Frances Moore Lappe remarks, “Fabulous! I can’t overstate the importance of this film right now!”

 

Planetary – 12:10 pm SID – 53 min.

Planetary – 12:10 pm SID – 53 min.

Planetary

Saturday 12:10PM SID

53 min.

McNabb/Connolly, 2015

Director: Guy Reid

 

Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wake-up call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. Planetary asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us, and to remember that we are all connected.

 

We Regret to Inform You – 12:10 pm FFR – 11 min.

We Regret to Inform You – 12:10 pm FFR – 11 min.

We Regret to Inform You

Saturday 12:10PM FFR

11 min.

NFB, 2016

Filmmakers: Eva Colmers & Heidi Janz

 

In a check-box society that functions by dividing us into neatly-defined categories, where does someone with a strong mind and a weak body fit in? Dr. Heidi Janz - award-winning playwright, accomplished academic, and self-described ‘crip’ – has a curious problem. Despite her obvious physical limitations she is denied financial assistance from government programs because of her “productive” mind. Following Heidi through her everyday life, with all its unique responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges, We Regret to Inform You offers an unsentimental and unapologetic look at what it means to be both “disabled” and “productive”.

 

The Sea Between Us – 12:15 pm LNS – 30 min.

The Sea Between Us – 12:15 pm LNS – 30 min.

The Sea Between Us

Saturday 12:15PM LNS

The Sea Between Us 22 min, 2016

Refuge 8 min, 2016

Filmmaker: Caoimhe Butterly

 

The Sea Between Us was filmed in early 2016. These are the stories of some of the women, men and children who have made the perilous sea crossing to Lesvos, Greece to seek refuge. Some of the medics, volunteers, activists and life-guards working in solidarity with them share their reflections.

Refuge was filmed in Vasilika camp in Northern Greece in September 2016. This film offers a glimpse into the degrading heaviness of the limbo that those seeking refuge were living through in camps throughout Greece before those camps were demolished. Ella, a young Kurdish activist and her family members call for freedom of movement and the right to re-build lives of safety, dignity and meaning.