Worldbridger Film Series

Cutting-edge films that explore themes including globalization, human rights, war & peace, capitalism, culture, health, gender, sexuality…

Spring 2016 Schedule

Please note there are no scheduled Parksville screenings this semester.


The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed

Out the Window and Disappeared

Directed by Felix Herngren
2013 | 114 min | Sweden
In Swedish | 14A
The highest-grossing Swedish film of all time, this quirky and offbeat comedy follows the antics of Allan Karlsson, a mischievous centenarian, who, having lived a long and colorful life, finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out the window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey filled with adventure and unlikely escapades. If you liked Forest Gump, you’re in for a real treat.


A Requiem for Syrian Refugees

Directed by Richard Wolf
2014 | 71 min | UK
In Kurdish | Not Rated
Filmmaker Richard Wolf traveled to Northern Iraq to investigate the conditions at Kawergosk, a Syrian refugee camp home to some 12,000 of those displaced by the ongoing civil strife. The result is this poignant documentary that offers an unprecedented perspective on the daily lives of the camp’s inhabitants, who lay bare their hopes and frustrations leaving the viewer with a palpable sense of the courage and resilience of the human spirit.
Cohosted by VIU’s Faculty of International Education and VIU’s Faculty Association


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
2015 | 105 min | USA
In English | PG
The most buzzed about film at the 2015 Sundance Film Fest, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl premiered to a standing ovation, winning the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for Best Drama. Described as a “wryly self-aware and raucously comedic film”, it also provoked a full scale bidding war that resulted in the largest distribution purchase in the history of the fest. Come find out what all the fuss is about, and be prepared to be moved and inspired by one of the most endearing and authentic cinematic friendships seen on screen in years.



Directed by Alejandro Agresti
2002 | 86 min | Argentina
In Spanish | G
Cohosted by The Spanish Club 
Valentin is a delightful coming-of-age story told through the eyes of a precocious 10-year-old boy estranged from his eccentric divorced parents. He lives with his loving grandmother in turbulent 1969 Argentina and yearns for a real family. He forms an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s many ex-girlfriends, and embarks in the discovery of the harsh realities about his parents, while managing to bring joy and wisdom to those around him. With Rodrigo Noya, Carmen Maura and Julietta Cardinalli.


Reading Break – No Film


Salt of the Earth

Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgada
2014 | 110 min | France
In Portuguese, French, and English | PG
Cohosted by Consciousness Studies Group and Solutions Sustainability
Guest Speaker: Dr Rachel Cooper and Les Malbon

The work of 71-year-old Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is the subject of this deeply considered documentary co-directed by Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. From stunning images of gold mines (“I had travelled to the dawn of time”), to the horrors of famine and genocide (“We humans are a terrible animal… our history is a history of war”), and ultimately to the rebirth of the rainforest, the cinema screen is a good platform for work so passionately idealistic, offering a retrospective of Salgado’s remarkable 40-year career as a photojournalist – although that word does not do justice to a vocation closer to artist, ethnographer and self-described “witness to the human condition”.

MARCH 10 – Double Feature

Carts of Darkness

Directed by Murray Siple                                       
2008 | 59min | Canada                                                    
In English | NR
Murray Siple’s feature-length documentary follows a group of homeless men who have combined bottle picking with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep hills of North Vancouver. This subculture shows that street life is much more than the stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media.


Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix
2012 | 40 min | USA         
In English | NR
Cohosted by the Department of Anthropology
Guest Speaker: Helene Demers

Prepare to be inspired by this Academy Award-winning documentary which chronicles the coming-of-age story of a 15-year old girl in California. Though homeless and undocumented, she refuses to give up on her dream of being an artist, proving that the hand she has been dealt does not define her – her dreams do.



Directed by Zaza Urushadze
2013 | 87 min | Georgia
In Russian, Estonian, Georgian, and Abkhaz language | NR
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at both the Academy and Golden Globe Award ceremonies, Tangerines explores the well-trod ground of war and how it affects civilians and combatants alike, but does so on a much smaller, more intimate stage than usual war films. The story throws together men of different ages, nationalities, and religions, and asks whether there is something more basic and more important that defines each of us, irrespective of our distinctions. Kudos to director Zaza Urushadze for giving us realistic characters and a story that challenges us to question our own prejudices. Congratulations too for the first Estonian film to make the foreign language Oscar nominations shortlist.


Mission Blue

Directed by Robert Nixon and Fisher Stevens
2014 | 95 min | USA
In English | NR
Meet renowned oceanographer and TED prize winner Dr. Sylvia Earle, who has spent over 6 decades exploring the world’s oceans and the creatures who live there.  As scientist, explorer, and visionary, Earle takes on the greatest challenge of her remarkable life: a personal mission to build a global network of marine parks, conceptualized as ‘Hope Spots’, to protect these endangered natural systems. More than 100 scientists, philanthropists and activists work together to help fulfill Dr. Earle’s lifelong wish, to save our oceans and reverse the destructive course our species is on before it’s too late.


The Walk

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
2015 | 123 min | USA
In English | PG
Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man – Philippe Petit – has ever walked in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his mentor, Papa Rudy, and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, and Flight, uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story that tells the true tale of this remarkable feat.

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