Worldbridger Film Series

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


Spring 2017 Schedule

Please note there are no scheduled Parksville screenings this semester.

January 26

Chico + Rita

Directed By Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal + Fernando Trueba
2010 | 94 min | UK + Spain |Not Rated
In Spanish, English, French
Cohosted by the Spanish Club

February 02

On The Bride’s Side

Directed by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele del Grande + Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
2014 | 89 min | Italy | Not Rated
In Arabic, Italian
Cohosted by: The Department of Anthropology
Guest Speaker: Ilka Thiessen

February 09 – In Celebration of International Development Week

Frame x Frame

Directed by Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli
2015 | 85 min | Afghanistan | Not Rated
In Dari, English
Cohosted by: Faculty of International Development

February 16


Directed by Jay Roach
2015 | 124 min | USA | R
In English
Cohosted by: VIUFA
Guest Speaker: Chris Jaeger

February 23 – STUDY DAYS

No Film This Week

March 02

Bon Cop Bad Cop

Directed By Erik Canuel
2006 | 116 min | Canada | R
In English, French
Cohosted by: The Department of Geography
Guest Speaker: Matt Bowes

March 09

He Named Me Malala

Directed by Davis Guggenheim
2015| 88 min | United Arab Emirates, USA | PG- 13
In English
Cohosted by: VIUFA Status of Women
Guest Speaker: Kathy Page, introduced by Dr. Marie Hopwood

March 16

Born to be Wild

Directed By David Lickley
2011 | 40 min | USA | G
In English
Cohosted by: The Department of Anthropology
Guest Speaker: Dr. Biruté Galdikas

March 23

Jumbo Wild

Directed By Nick Waggoner
2015 | 52 min | Canada | Not Rated
In English
Cohosted by: The Department of Tourism and Recreation
Guest Speaker: Pete Parker

March 30

Don’t Tempt Me

Directed by Agustín Díaz Yanes
2001 | 112 min | Spain | R
In Spanish, English, French, Latin, Portugese
Cohosted by: The Spanish Club

April 06

Pele: Birth of a Legend

Directed By Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
2016 | 107 min | USA | PG
In English
Cohosted by: The Department of Anthropology
Guest Speaker: Dave Hopwood

A New Understanding: The Science of


Directed by Roslyn Dauber
2015 | 55 min | USA | Not Rated
Can psilocybin, a psychoactive compound found in some mushrooms, therapeutically benefit cancer patients and their families? Can learning to work more skillfully with the dying profoundly alter our understanding of life and death? Filtered through the eyes of patients, their loved ones, therapists, and researchers, this documentary explores the confluence of science and spirituality and discusses the first psychedelic research studies since the 1970s.
Co-hosted by VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group
Guest speaker: Kevin Parker

Director’s Night – Double Feature

Pimachihowan: Living with the Land

Directed by Michael B. MacDonald
2015 | 37 min | Canada | Not Rated
The product of three years of work with mentor Conroy Sewepagaham of Little Red River First Nation, this film explores the traditional Cree philosophy of Pimachihowin, a concept that roughly translates to “living with the land.” A little film with a big agenda, director Michael MacDonald reminds us that “One word from another culture can open the mind to new ways of understanding”.

Letters to Attawapiskat

Directed by Michael B. MacDonald
2016 | 32 min | Canada | Not Rated
The story of tragedy at the Attawapiskat First Nations brings up issues of colonization, truth and reconciliation in a very personal way for a group of hiphoppas in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology

Guest speaker: Director Michael B. MacDonald

The Last Shop Standing

Directed by Pip Piper
2012 | 50 min | UK | Not Rated
Last Shop Standing charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960’s, 70s and 80’s, and then their rapid demise as vinyl is replaced first by CDs and then newer technologies that encourage the practice of downloading. Record shop owners, music industry leaders and musicians alike all tell how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music. Join us with Guest Speaker Clinton Thornley, owner and operator of the last video shop still standing in Nanaimo … until the end of October that is.

Guest speaker: Clinton Thornley, Owner, Film Buff Video

Infinitely Polar Bear

Directed by Maya Forbes
2015 | 90 min | USA | Rated R
Carmen, a manic-depressive mess of a father, suffers from bipolar disorder. Trying to win back his family, he attempts to take full responsibility of his two spirited daughters so that his estranged wife may return to school and build the career she is craving. Due to his mercurial nature, a series of quirky, funny, and sometimes frightening episodes ensue offering a window into a world at once brilliant and tragic.
Co-hosted by VIU’s Health and Wellness Centre
Guest speakers: Bryan Schultz, VIU Nurse Practitioner, and Art Phipps, Clinical Counsellor

The Divide

Directed by Katharine Round
2016 | 78 min | UK/USA | Not Rated
The Divide lays bare the spectacle of global inequality by taking a sharp look at the super-rich, supra-managerial class whose earnings are so stratospheric, so out of proportion to anything their companies are achieving, that their existence is almost beyond reckoning. Enjoying what Milton Friedman called socialism for the rich and free enterprise for the poor, their prestige is guaranteed by the state whose grandest politicians yearn to enjoy corporate super-wealth in retirement. Meanwhile, the humbler amongst us are stuck with zero-hours contracts and no job security.
Co-hosted by VIUFA

Straight Outta Compton

Directed by F. Gary Gray
2016 | 147 min | USA | Rated 18A
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton were some of the most dangerous in America. Five young men revolutionized music and pop culture when they told the world the truth about life in the hood. Translating their experiences growing up into brutally honest music, they rebelled against abusive authority and gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. This is their story.

Co-hosted by VIU’s Faculty of International Education

Embrace of the Serpent

Directed by Ciro Guerra
2015 | 125 min | Colombia | Not Rated
In English, German, Huitoto, Latin, Portuguese, Okaina, Spanish, Tikuna, & Wanano
Embrace tells the story of Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people who, over the course of 40 years, builds a friendship with two foreign scientists as they search the Amazon for the sacred Yakruna plant. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in this blistering and poetic feature inspired by the real-life travels of explorers Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes.
Co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Directed by Brett Gaylor
2009 | 87 min | Canada | Not Rated
In English and Portugese
Girl Talk is a popular mash-up artist who takes existing songs and transforms them into something fresh and original. By the mere act of creating his popular, sample-based songs, Girl Talk has incurred the wrath of copyright lawyers across the world. While some celebrate Girl Talk as a true pop-culture innovator, others condemn him as a 21st Century media outlaw.
Co-hosted by the Department of Music
Guest speaker: Myron Makepeace, VIU’s Department of Music

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret

Directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn
2014 | 85 min | USA | Not Rated
An aspiring environmentalist daringly seeks to know the truth about the single most pressing environmental issue of our time. Investigating the impact of animal agriculture on our planet, the film exposes the selfish and often shameless agenda behind some of the world’s biggest and most powerful environmental organizations today. A must see for anyone concerned with sustainability awareness.
Co-hosted by the Faculty of Education’s SHAPE program
Guest speaker: Guy Le Masurier

Touch of the Light

Directed by Jung-chi Chang
2012 | 110 min | Taiwan | Not Rated
In Min Nan & Mandarin
Blind piano prodigy Huang Yu-Siang plays himself in this sweet coming of age story out of Taiwan. The film follows the budding friendship of two aspiring artists, each struggling with low self-esteem and personal handicaps. With music and dance fueling their dreams, together they remind us that love and friendship are powerful forces that can help overcome any limitation.
Co-hosted by VIU’s Disability Services
Guest speaker: Luke Richards, Coordinator, VIU Disability Services

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.

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.


How far would you go to fight for what is yours?   In a backdrop of corruption, a man will do anything to save his home from being taken from his family.  Winner 2014 Cannes Film Festival (Best Screenplay).

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev 

2014 | 140 min | Russia | In Russian | Rated R


What can the homeless of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana teach us?  This film follows a band of brothers as they awaken to the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.  Winner 2008 Maui Film Festival (Best Documentary Feature).

Directed by Charles Kinnane

2008 | 90 min | USA

In Spanish & English | Rated PG-13

Co-hosted by VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group


Described as “a tour-de-force that defies easy stereotyping”, WHIPLASH follows an ambitious young drummer as he bids to become “one of the greats”. Partly inspired by the director’s own educational experience, the film offers up a breathless battle of wills between teacher and student that drives the film like an action thriller.  The viewer is left with a whirlwind of emotions wondering whether the end justifies the means.

Directed by Damien Chazelle 

2014 | 107 min | USA 

In English| Rated R


With elegance and assurance, award-winning director Julia Kwan poetically captures the subtle nuances of a culturally diverse neighbourhood—Vancouver’s Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in North America. The community’s oldest and newest members offer intimate perspectives on this shifting landscape, a once vibrant and thriving community now in flux.

Directed by Julie Kwan 

2014 | 85 min | Canada | In Chinese & English| Not Rated 

Co-hosted by the Department of Anthropology 

Guest speaker: Dr. Imogene Lim 



Told as only Jim Jarmusch could, Ghost Dog follows the exploits of a self-taught samurai-cum-hitman who lives according to the philosophies and moral code of the ancient Japanese warriors.  A tribute to traditional notions of honour, loyalty, and friendship, and a mish-mash of gangster, urban drama, western and martial arts films, Jarmusch brilliantly blends disparate themes into a cohesive film that is at once tender, funny and highly original.

Directed by Jim Jarmusch 

1999 | 116 min | France/Germany/USA/Japan 

In English & French | Rated R 


In celebration of World VIU Days

From the director of Genghis Blues comes a film that sets out to answer all your questions about the nature of happiness.  Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa, Happy explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion. 

Directed by Roko Belic 

2011 | 76 min | USA 

In English | Not Rated

Co-hosted by VIU’s Faculty of International Education 


Like the Vietnam War itself, the GI anti-war movement started small and within a few years had exploded into a force that altered history. Yet this military insurgency has been all but eliminated from collective memory and rarely appears in historical accounts. This film chronicles the struggle and tells the story of the activitists and the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who refused to fight.  

Directed by David Zeigler 

2005 | 85 min| USA 

English | Not Rated 


Explore music’s capacity to awaken and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.  This documentary chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals whose memories have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. Winner 2014 Sundance Film Festival (Audience Award).

Directed by Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennet 

2014 | 78 min | USA | In English| Not Rated 

Co-hosted by the VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group and PSYCH 388 class Guest Speaker: Dr. Rachel Cooper 



Comedy goes dark in this 2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.  Offering six vignettes of delicious variety, the film teaches us that little acts of revenge can have dramatic and often drastic consequences with far-reaching impacts.  Brought to us by award-winning producer Pedro Almodovar, this film is delightfully dark and quirky.

Directed by Damiàn Szifron 

2014 | 122 min | Argentina/Spain | In Spanish| Rated R

Co-hosted by the VIU Spanish Club 


2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this extraordinary film by Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako is a cri de coeur against violence and intolerance in the world.  But what makes this film unusually compelling is that it is as much a poetic work of art as it is a protest film.  

Directed by Abderranhmane Sissako 

2014 | 97 min | France/Mauritania | In French, Arabic, Bambara, English, & Songhay | Rated PG-13 

Co-hosted by VIU’s The Status of Women’s Group

Guest Speaker: Joy Gugeler

Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies

a People

Featuring acclaimed author Dr. Jack Shaheen, this groundbreaking documentary explores the stereotypic and often degrading images of Arabs on screen. From Bedouin bandits to gun-wielding terrorists, join us as we dissect this slanderous aspect of Cinema history that has run virtually unchallenged since the early days of film

 Directed by Jeremy Earp and Sut Jhally

 2006| 50 mins| United States| in English [NR]

Feb 5 – In celebration of International Development Week

Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais)  

Based on a true story, this delightful film tells the tale of a simple woman who is astonished when she is appointed as personal chef to the French president. The authenticity of her cooking seduces the president, but the corridors of power are littered with jealousy and resentment.

 Directed by Christian Vincent

2012| 95 mins| France| in French [PG13]

Co-host: VIU’s Faculty of International Education

Guest Speaker: Dr. Imogene Lim, VIU’s Department of Anthropology

Feb 12 – In celebration of St. Valentines Day

The Princess Bride 

Join us for a fairy tale love story with all the requisite parts: a pirate, a princess, sword fights, giants, an evil prince, and yes, even a bit of kissing! This classic film is a perfect start to your Valentine’s weekend, guaranteed to melt your chocolates and make your heart sing.

Directed by Rob Reiner

1987| 98 mins| United States| in English [PG]

Feb 19

Blood Brother 

This documentary offers an intimate portrait of Rocky Brant, A disenchanted you American whose travels lead him to an AIDS hostel in India. In this place of unspeakable hardship, Rocky finds more than he is looking for and learns that love is the only thing worth living for.

Directed by Steve Hoover

2013| 92 mins| United States| in English [NR]

March 5


A movie of firsts: first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia; first film made by a female Saudi filmmaker. In a country where cinemas are banned and women cannot drive or vote, this is the story of one young girl’s determination to buy a bike

Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

2012| 98 mins| Saudi Arabia| in Arabic [PG]


Co-host: VIUFA’s Status of Women’s Committee

March 12


This award-winning documentary takes the viewer to Virunga- a National Park in Eastern Congo home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is now a raging battleground where those committed to preserving this land and its inhabitants fight desperately against those who would have it destroyed in the name of power and profit.

Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

2014| 90 mins| United Kingdom and Congo| in English, French, and Swahili [NR]

March 19

The Hunt (Jagten)

What would you do if someone told a lie so vicious that your world fell apart? What would you do if everyone you know and love believed it?

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

2012| 115 mins| Denmark and Sweden| in Danish [R]

March 26

What Plants Talk About

From the Stunning heights of the Great Basin Desert to the lush coastal rainforests of Canada, scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the secret world of plants, a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate, and sometimes, wage all-out war.

Directed by Erna Buffie

 2013| 60 mins| United States| in English [NR]

Co-host: VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group

April 2


The story follows a young Palestinian freedom fighter in the wake of an Israeli soldier’s killing. With quiet intensity, the film details the obstacles the young man must face daily in order to survive and be with the woman he loves. Omar is as much an epic love story on par with Cyrano de Bergerac, as it is a tense, gripping thriller about oppression, freedom, and betrayal.

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

2013|96 mins| Palestine| in Arabic and Hebrew [14A] 

Sept 25

The Intouchables

Directed by Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache | 2011| 113 mins | France/USA | In French [R]

When an ex-con from the projects is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat, his newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure as this unlikely duo turn the world of upper- class Parisian society upside-down. In this true story, the pair overcome adversity of every flavor, and shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other along the way.

Oct 2

The Clean Bin Project

Directed by Grant Baldwin | 2011 | 76 mins. | Canada | In English [unrated]

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least amount of garbage. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste.

Co-hosted by Environment & Sustainability — Facilities & Ancillary Services
Guest speaker from ACER (Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research)

Oct 9

Bread and Tulips

Directed by Silvio Soldini | 2000|116 mins. | Italy | In Italian [PG-13]

Italian housewife, Rosalba Barletta, finds herself stranded on the side of the road during a family vacation. After waiting for hours for a husband who doesn’t even notice she’s missing, Rosalba decides to hitchhike her way home, only to impulsively detour to Venice. There, she finds new romance and in the process, discovers herself.

Oct 16

The Cuckoo

Directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin | 2002 | 105 mins | Russia | In Russian, Finnish, & Saami [PG13]

Set in Finland during the Second World War, Anni, a young Lapp woman, gives shelter to two soldiers: a Finnish sniper and a captain of the Soviet Army. The men see themselves as enemies, but for Anni, they are just men.

Oct 23

The Lunch Box

Directed by Ritesh Batra | 2013 | 105 mins. | India | In Hindi & English [PG]

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.

Oct 30

Troll Hunter

Directed by Andre Ovredal | 2010 | 104 mins. | Norway | In Norwegian [PG-13]

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things in the forest.

Nov 6


Directed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite | 2013| 90 mins. | USA | In English [PG-13]

Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale who killed several people while in captivity. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Nov 13

Welcome to the Sticks

Directed by Danny Boon | 2008 | 106 mins | France | In French [unrated]

A public servant is unexpectedly banished to the armpit of Northern France. Leaving his family behind to relocate temporarily, our hero learns that it takes the big heart of a small town to teach us just how small minded we can be.

Nov 20

Instructions Not Included

Directed by Eugenio Derbez | 2013 | 115 mins. | Mexico | In Spanish & English [PG-13]

Acapulco’s resident playboy, Valentin, becomes an unlikely father figure when a former fling leaves a baby on his doorstep. But their unique and offbeat family is threatened when Maggie’s birth mom shows up out of the blue six years later, and Valentin is in danger of losing his daughter- and his best friend.

Nov 27

Moonrise Kingdom

Directed by Wes Anderson | 2012 | 94 mins. | USA | In English [PG-13]

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the coming of age story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love and run away together into the wilderness. A violent storm brews off-shore as various authorities try to hunt them down, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle.

Spring 2014 Schedule

Please note there are no scheduled Parksville screenings this season.

January 23


103 min / 2011 / Directed by Ken Scott / Canada / In French/ Rated R

As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father!  Join us for a screening of the hilarious original version of the American remake Delivery Man – ‘cuz there’s nothing like the real thing!

January 30


75 min / 2012 / Directed by Jeff Orlowski  / USA / In English / Rated PG-13

Still wondering if global warming is real?  Travel the globe with award-winning national geographic photographer James Balog as he deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. His haunting and breathtaking videos film ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at an alarming rate.

February 6 – In celebration of International Development Week


101 min / 2007 / Directed by Richard Laxton / UK / In English / Unrated

If you liked The Full Monty or The Calendar Girls, you’ll like this film. Occasionally melancholy, often funny, this gentle, touching comedy offers a witty critique of British small-mindedness, working class territorialism and racial bigotry.  Loosely based on a real-life allotment project in Liverpool, the story tracks a year in the lives of the plot-holders whose quiet world is ruffled when immigrant refugee families are given parcels of land to cultivate as a source of both sustenance and therapy.

Co-host:  VIU’s Faculty of International Education

February 13 – In celebration of St. Valentine’s Day


120 min / 2012 / Directed by Jacques Audiard / France / In French/ Rated R

The Washington Post called it “one of the most transportingly romantic movies of the year”.  The Guardian described it as “a passionate and moving love story which surges out of the screen like a flood tide”.  The Post-Gazette said “A gritty, memorable story about animal instincts, brute strength, and bodies and spirits broken and, just maybe, healing”.  What will you say?

February 20


85 min / 2009 / Directed by Neil Diamond/ USA / In English / Rated PG

A documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations people in film, Reel Injun traces how the image of First Nations people in cinema have influenced the understanding and misunderstanding of their culture and history.

March 6


77 min / 2011 / Directed by Nicholas J. Polizzi / USA-Peru / In English / Unrated

What do diabetes. prostate cancer, alcoholism, and parkinson’s disease all have in common? They are all illnesses that Western medicine has had difficulty curing or treating. Witness the story of eight brave souls as they leave the developed world behind in search of healing in the heart of the Amazon jungle, working with centuries-old plant remedies and the spiritual disciplines of Peru’s indigenous medicine men.

Co-host: VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group

March 13


130 min / 2008 / Directed by Yôjirô Takita / Japan / In Japanese / Rated PG-13

In Japanese, a Nokanshi is a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.   This beautifully artistic film follows Daigo Kobayashi, a once devoted cellist now professional encoffineer, in his profound and sometimes comical journey as he learns to perfect the art of Nokanshi.  Acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed, Daigo unexpectedly discovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living.

Co-host: Spring 2014 Class “Death and Dying: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” (ANTH 338 & PSYC 338)

March 20


97 min / 2010 / Directed by Joe Cross & Kurt Engfehr / USA / In English / Unrated

Follow the 60-day journey of Australian Joe Cross as he disciplines himself with a juice fast while traveling the US to regain his health.  During his road-trip Cross meets Phil Staples, a morbidly obese truck driver from Sheldon, Iowa, and inspires him to try the fast.  What follows is a tale to inspire us all.

March 27



108 min / 2013 / Directed by Gary Alazraki / USA / In Spanish / Rated PG-13

A wonderful over-the-top satire of Mexico’s ultra-rich.  Germán Noble is a recently widowed millionaire who realizes his three children are horribly spoiled and don’t know how to make their own way in the real world. He decides to pull a fast one and teach them a lesson they won’t forget.

Co-host:  VIU’s Spanish Club

April 3



85 min / 2012 / Directed by Jeffrey Smith / USA / In English / Rated G

Did the US government ignore repeated warnings by its own scientists and allow untested genetically modified crops into our environment and food supply?  Are the same health problems found in lab animals, livestock, and pets eating GM foods now on the rise in the American population? When people and animals stop eating genetically modified organisms, does their health improve?  Are their ways to protect ourselves and our future?  Watch this documentary and find out.


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Fall 2013 Schedule

Please note there are no scheduled Parksville screenings this season.

October 3, 2013



83 min / 2010 / Directed by Taggart Siegel / Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Switerland, UK & USA / In English / Unrated

Journey into the mysterious world of the beehive.  This documentary engages and ultimately uplifts us as it weaves together a dramatic tale of bees and their beekeepers, revealing both the problems and the solutions of a society out of balance with nature.

Co-host: The Nanaimo Bee Club, VIU Office of Environment and Sustainability & Solutions Sustainability Network

October 10, 2013


107 min / 2008 / Directed by Anthony Fabian / South Africa & UK / In English  & Zulu / Rated PG-13

This film is based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.  As the rigid apartheid system struggles with how to classify Sandra, the young girl and her parents realize that in a society where the color of your skin determines the outcome of your life, the complications they face run deep and wide.

Co-host:  VIUFA Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee

October 17, 2013


78 min / 2011 / Directed by Tom Shadyac / USA / In English / Unrated

Armed with an innate curiosity and a camera crew, director Tom Shadyac embarks on a journey to discover how he as an individual and we as a race can improve the way we live in the world.  Asking many questions but offering no easy answers, the filmmaker takes us to a place many have never been before and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways.

Co-host: VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group

October 24, 2013


95 min / 2011 / Directed by Gustavo Taretto / Argentina, Spain & Germany / In Spanish, French & English / Rated PG

Martín and Mariana are two damaged people who live in buildings opposite one another. This romantic comedy explores how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of its residents reflecting on how urban chaos can unite people but also keep them apart.

Co-host:  VIU’s Spanish Club

October 31, 2013

Worldbridger Film Classic:


91 min / 1967 / Directed by Roman Polanski / USA / In English / Unrated

A noted professor and his dimwitted apprentice fall prey to vampires while on the trail of an ominous damsel in distress.

In celebration of All Hallows Eve

November 7, 2013


87 min / 2009 / Directed by Rachid Bouchareb / Algeria, France & UK / In Arabic, English & French / Unrated

In the wake of a 2005 terror attack on London, two strangers travel independently to the city to check on their missing children and in the process come to discover each other as well as themselves.

November 14, 2013


86 min / 2012 / Directed by Malik Bendjelloul / Sweden, UK & USA / In English / Rated PG-13

This documentary follows the unlikely journey of two South Africans in search of the mysterious 1970s rock ‘n’ roller, Rodriguez.  Thought long dead, what they discover surprises both them and their missing musical hero.

November 21, 2013


93 min / 2007 / Directed by Nic Balthazar / Belgium, Netherlands & Flemish / Unrated

Ben is different. His life is a universe to itself, where he plays his favorite on line computer game Archlord avidly, trying hard to train himself for the real world he lives in. The harsh world of a technical school is for him a daily kind of hell. As the horror of being a daily subject to bullying grows, Ben devises a plan. Then Scarlite comes into his life, the girl he has met in his on-line game.

In honour of Bullying Awareness Week

Co-host: VIU Disability Awareness Club

November 28, 2013


88 min / 1997 / Directed by Alain Berliner / Belgium, France & UK / In French / Unrated

Ludovic is a small boy who likes to cross-dress and dreams of one day marrying his neighbor’s son.  He cannot understand why everyone is so surprised and discouraged by this. While his parents try to understand, the boy’s actions lead to problems which force them to choose between social convention and loyalty to their son.

Co-host:  VIU’s Positive Space Campaign

December 5, 2013


105 min / 2007 / Directed by Abdullah Oguz / Greece & Turkey / In Turkish / Unrated

When a young woman is raped, the village custom requires that she be killed in order to erase the dishonour of her family.  The son of the village leader is given the task but has other ideas that pit him against his father and his traditions.

Co-host:  VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee

Jan 31

Filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran, this is a fairytale-like story of a blind dervish, Bab’Aziz, and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. With faith as their only guide, the two wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years. Directed by Nacer Khemir 2005 | 96 min | Switzerland–Hungary–France– Germany–Iran–Tunisia–UK | In Persian and Arabic [unrated]

Feb 7

Come and rediscover the reverence for the natural world that unites us all! Using animation, vignettes, personal accounts and storytelling, this is an informative and inspirational film that takes an intimate look at humankind’s relationship with dirt.
Directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow
2009 | 86 min | USA | In English [unrated]

Cohost: VIU’s Faculty of International Education

In celebration of VIU’s International Development Week (Feb 04-08)


Feb 14

What happens when a world-renowned scientist, crushed by the loss of his eldest daughter, formulates a revolutionary theory in conflict with the prevailing religious dogma of his time? This is the story of English naturalist Charles Darwin as he struggles to find a balance between his controversial ideas and his relationship with his family and peers whose faith contradicts his work. Directed by Jon Amiel 2010 | 108 min | UK | In English [PG-13]

In celebration of Darwin Day (February 12)


Feb 21

(Son of the Bride)

At age 42, Rafael Belvedere is having a mid-life crisis. He lives in the shadow of his father, feels guilty about his aging mother, is beleaguered by an ex-wife for not spending enough time with his daughter and has yet to make a commitment to his girlfriend. At his lowest point, he is reunited with a childhood friend who helps him reconstruct his past and look at the present
in new ways. Directed by Juan Jose Campanella
2001 | 123 min | Argentina–Spain | In Spanish [R]

Cohost: VIU’s Spanish Club


Mar 7

This film brings to life a pivotal event from British history: the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham automobile plant when women workers walked out in protest of the unfair treatment and gender discrimination levied at them. Little could they have foreseen the ramifications that this courageous and noble act would engender in successive years. Nominated for Outstanding British Film at the 2011 BAFTA Film Festival. Directed by Nigel Cole 2010 | 113 min | UK | In English [R]

Cohost: VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee

In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 08)


Mar 14

Between 1991 and 2002, Sierra Leone underwent a bloody civil war when an estimated 50,000 people were killed and many more were severely injured or mutilated. A powerful true story of hope and healing, this film follows the inspirational work of John Caulker as he travels from town to town setting up village meetings he calls s “Fambul Tok.” Modeled on traditional truth-telling ceremonies, these gatherings are nothing short of a miracle for the many who, nearly a decade later, are still trying to come to terms with the brutality that took place during the fighting. Winner of multiple awards, including Best Documentary at the 2012 Queens World Film Festival. Directed by Sara Terry 2001 | 82 min | USA | In English [unrated]

Cohost: VIU’s Consciousness Studies Group


Mar 21

(Loose Cannons)

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family. On a trip home from Rome where he lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about his sexuality. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his plans are ruined by an older brother with a secret of his own.
Directed by Ferzan Ozpetek 2010 | 110 min | Italy | In Italian [unrated]

Cohost: VIU’s Queer-Straight Alliance


Mar 28

(Where Do We Go Now ?)

Set in a remote Lebanese village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, this film follows the comedic antics of the town’s women as they try to ease religious tensions in their village. Heartsick over loved ones lost in previous flare-ups, the women unite to distract the men in hopes of preventing a religious war. Winner of the Cadillac People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International film Festival. Directed by Nadine Labaki 2011 | 110 min | France–Lebanon–Egypt–Italy In Arabic, Russian and English [PG-13]


Apr 4

A young boy and his father learn about living in harmony with nature in this languid documentary from filmmaker Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival.
Directed by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio | 2009 | 73 min | Mexico | In Spanish and Italian [G]

Cohost: VIU’s Spanish Club


Apr 11

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe and the time when he is no longer there to protect her. Winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2012 and nominated for Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards 2012. Directed by Benh Zeitlin 2012 | 93 min | USA | In English [PG-13]


Fall 2012

Oct 17-18


This film takes the viewer into the combat zone between American academics and the armed services.  The U.S effort to enlist the best and brightest of American scholars to aid in facilitating cultural awareness within the military comes under attack by academics who consider it misguided and unethical. Directed by James Der Derian, David Udris, and Michael Udris

82 min | 2010 | USA | In English  [unrated]

Cohost: VIU’s Department of Anthropology

Guest Speakers: Warrant Officer S.G. Sandahl & Captain V. Stuart of the Canadian Armed Forces and Ann Rogers of VIU’s Political Science Dept.

Oct 3/4


Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context
behind the tragic and senseless murder of Fred Martinez, a Navajo
youth slain at the age of 16 for being homosexual.  The film explores
the sensitive issues underlying this tragedy, and the values of First
Nations peoples that can help us understand them.

Directed by Lydia Nibley

65 min | 2009 | USA | In English and Navajo  [unrated]

Cohost:  VIU’s Positive Spaces Club

Oct 11 (Nanaimo Screening Only)


This film is based on the true tale of a group of Trappist monks who lived peacefully for decades in harmony with their village neighbours, a largely Muslim population in Algeria.  As the political situation heats up, the monastery comes under threat which forces each of these men to confront their deepest spiritual convictions.

Directed by Xavier Beauvois

122 min | 2010 | France | In French (subtitled) [R]

Cohost: VIU’S Consciousness Studies Group

Parksville Showing Cancelled – Oct 24

Oct 24-25


Based on the true story of a group of rogue DJs who, in the 1960s, on a boat in the middle of the Northern Atlantic, played rock records in defiance of the law. The songs they played united an entire generation and drove the British government crazy, who in turn, did everything in their power to shut them down.

Directed by Richard Curtis

135 min | 2009 | Canada | In English  [R]


Oct 31 & Nov 1


The uplifting true story of Maruge, an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school and, for the first time, get the education he could never afford.

Directed by Justin Chadwick
103 min | 2010 | Ireland | In English  [PG13]

Cohosts: VIU’s Faculty of International Education and
VIU’s Anthropology Student Club

Nov 7-8


An unusual ghost story set on the Peruvian seaside, that tells the story of a married fisherman who struggles to reconcile his devotion to his male lover with his love for his wife, his family, and his town’s social and spiritual traditions.

Directed by Javier Fuentes-León

100 min | 2009 | Peru | In Spanish (subtitled) [unrated]

Nov 14-15


This film recounts the remarkable real-life story of Sudanese child soldier turned hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal.  This is a truly uplifting film that
achieves what most cannot: merging an honest portrayal of human suffering with the inspirational message of unconditional love.

Directed by Christian Karim Chrobog

94 min | 2008 | USA | In English  [PG-13]

Cohost: VIU’S Consciousness Studies Group

Nov 21-22


A pair of adversaries develop a wary respect for each other in this period drama.  In 1902, Kereama, a Maori sailor, is accused of murdering a British soldier and a significant bounty is offered for his capture.  Arjan, an expert tracker and veteran of the South African Boer War, newly arrived in New Zealand, hopes to capture him and collect the reward.   What follows is an action-packed chase that leads us all on a path to redemption.

Directed by Ian Sharp
102 min | 2010 | USA | In English and Maori  [R]

Nov 28-29


Cutting-edge celebrity artist Vanessa Beecroft falls in love with twin Sudanese orphans when she nurses them back from the brink of death. Her consuming passion to adopt the twins drives her marriage to a breaking point and fuels her controversial art, simultaneously raising troubling but critical questions about the nature of exploitation and culture clash.

Directed by Pietra Brettkelly

109 min | 2008 | New Zealand | In English  [unrated]

Spring 2012

Jan 25/26

LOST YEARS is an epic documentary mini-series touching on the largest exodus in humankind, covering over 150 years of history of the Chinese in Canada and abroad.

An epoch that delivers an important message, namely, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (Spanish philosopher, George Santayana (1863-1952), in Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason.)

We witness how man’s inhumanity to man continually plays out in world history and affairs, in part through the advances of new media and the vastness of our global village.

Our journey begins in old China in 1910 and concludes with the movement to embrace redress as a concept of social justice in the modern world of Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, exactly one century later. [from]

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Directed by Kenda Gee, Tom Radford

92 min./2011/Canada/English/PG

Cohost – VIU’s Department of Anthropology
Guest Speaker : Dr. Imogene Lim [Nanaimo Only]

Feb 1/2

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co-host : VIU’s Psychology Club

Feb 8/9 – Double Feature

In celebration of International Development Week

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Second Feature: Our First Voices

First Nations producers Marilyn Thomas and Catarina Longmuir joined Sharon Bliss to produce this omnibus of 13 poetic meditations on the importance of native languages for future generations. Website

Co-hosts:  Faculty of International Education; VIU’s Anti-Racism Project; and VIU’s Department of Anthropology (also Office of Aboriginal Education and FNAT?)

Co-Sponsor: VIU’s Office of Aboriginal Education

Feb 15/16

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Mar 21/22

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Co-host – VIU’s Department of Anthropology

Mar 28/29

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Co-host – VIU’s Spanish Club

Apr 4/5

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