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The Commons

Above production still from RAINFOREST: THE LIMIT OF SPLENDOUR (Richard Boyce / Canada / 2011 / 52')

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

For the last decade (2003-2013) Cinema Politica has built a strong reputation for connecting audiences to important, under-represented, independent film and video. While the films we program tend to focus on issues, topics and subjects that revolve around social justice, identity and the environment, we have decided to seek out, program and disseminate titles that specifically highlight the intersection of social justice, the economy and the environment, in a special program called "The Commons."

With support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres, we launched this program in 2013, and are organizing screenings throughout CP's network of nearly 100 screening locals in Canada and abroad. The ultimate goal of this program is to expose audiences to provocative works that explore our relationship to the natural world, resource extraction and management, civil society, health and sustainability, and finally social justice. We are currently selecting films for this program and will be adding to the list below as we go.

Documentaries selected deal with topics/subjects such as oil and natural gas extraction, mining, hydro-damming, clean water, soil and air, renewable energy, and the civic, industrial and political debates around them. A special section called “Quebec Extraction” will invite government, industry and civil society’s members to speak after screenings of works by Montreal and Quebecois artists focusing on the above issues. All screenings will be accessible to both French and English speaking audiences.

We have chosen “The Commons” as the theme for a sidebar screening program for the following reasons: (1) newsworthiness and topicality – issues of resource depletion, scarcity and management have been increasingly featured in the news media and have garnered signification attention in the public sphere; (2) there is a abundant body of cinematic work focused on these issues, especially by Quebecois and Canadian filmmakers, which are rarely exhibited beyond the festival circuit and never in the commercial theatre system; (3) Recent polls show that the environment and resource management has become a major concern for a majority of citizens.

Cinema Politica has a 10-year track record of obtaining and exhibiting film and video works that rigorously investigate issues of public concerns while providing an open space for reflection, interpretation, dialogue and debate. The works we select are programmed with an eye to diverse representation and voices on the screen and behind the camera. Our programming is made up of unique, creative, innovative works that challenge documentary formulae and emotionally compel through brilliant storytelling and strong aesthetics. The emerging and established artists behind these films and videos represent and showcase a multiplicity of voices and perspectives on complex issues that ultimately broaden and deepen the often narrow or incomplete perspective that is found in other media.

THE FILMS 

ANARCHRONICLES: CHRONICLES OF A LIBERTARIAN MOVEMENT
Witness a growing movement through the eyes of various militant anarchists from Quebec.                                                                           

RabaskaTHE BATTLE OF RABASKA
A doc tells the story of citizen activists opposing a methance tanker terminal practically on their doorstep in Québec. 

Carbon RushTHE CARBON RUSH
This commanding doc effectively counters the propaganda around carbon-trading by featuring the voices of those most affected.

chocolateTHE CHOCOLATE FARMER
A timely and vital film that challenges our deeply help assumptions of progress.                                                                                           

corporationTHE CORPORATION
Is the modern-day corporation a psychopath?                                                                                                                                            

diversidadDIVERSIDAD: A ROADTRIP TO DECONSTRUCT DINNER
Have you ever been young and wanted to save the world?                                                                                                                          

earth keepersEARTH KEEPERS
We've heard the problems, now here are some environmental solutions!                                                                            

hole storyTHE HOLE STORY
A skewering analysis of the ways in which Canadian mining companies have put profit before people and the environment.

InuitINUIT KNOWLEDGE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

InvisibleINVISIBLE NATION
A sympathetic glimpse of a nation of 9,000 people who suffer in silence as the rest of us look the other way.

ma vieMY REAL LIFE
Drugs, delinquency, dysfunctional families, abandonment, poverty: "real life" is tough for young people in Montréal-Nord.

mythsMYTHS FOR PROFIT
An examination of the common myths about Canada's role on the international stage.                                                         

Peace OutPEACE OUT: ENERGY COSTS
On the top left corner of North America an energy bonanza of unimaginable proportions is taking place - far away from the eyes of the world.

People of a featherPEOPLE OF A FEATHER
A voyage through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay.                                                           

playa colonialePLAYA COLONIALE
Travelling and being a tourist: two ways to consider the geopolitical dynamics of our travels.                                                                         

RainforestRAINFOREST: THE LIMIT OF SPLENDOUR
A journey into the forests of Canada's Pacific Coast where modern logging practices are contrasted against the ancient practices of the First Nations community.

currentSEEKING THE CURRENT
Activists interrogate the Quebec Provincial ebergy company's predilection for hydro-dams that wreak havac on pristine ecosystems.

SilenceSILENCE IS GOLD
Does free speech still exist in the age of the almighty mega-corporation?

stolen spiritsSTOLEN SPIRITS OF HAIDA GWAII
A documentary about the journey of the Haida people to bring home skeletal remains that were stolen from their villages a century ago.

SurvivingSURVIVING PROGRESS
A cinematic contemplation on our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.                                                                                       

White waterWHITE WATER BLACK GOLD
An investigation about the inextricable link between water and oil in our modern world.  

PARTNERS

The Commons" program is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts & Conseil des arts et des lettres Québec. 

ccaTHE CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
canadacouncil.ca
The Canada Council offers a broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and arts organizations in music, theatre, writing and publishing, visual arts, dance, media arts, and integrated and circus arts – fostering and promoting the arts in Canada since 1957.

 CALC LogoLE CONSEIL DES ARTS ET DES LETTRES DU QUÉBEC
calq.gouv.qc.ca

The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec supports, throughout Québec, creation, experimentation, production and dissemination in the realms of the visual arts, the arts and crafts, literature, the performing arts, the multidisciplinary arts, cinema and video, the digital arts and architectural research. The Conseil also seeks to broaden the influence of artists, writers, arts organizations and their works in Québec, Canada and abroad.

screenings

Thursday
Mar 27
06:00 pm
Mathieu Roy / CA / 2011 / 83 '
A cinematic contemplation on our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Wednesday
Mar 26
07:30 pm
Amy Miller / CA / 2012 / 84 '
This commanding doc effectively counters the propaganda around carbon-trading by featuring the voices of those most affected.
Sunday
Mar 23
01:30 pm
Rohan Fernando / CA / 2010 / 72 '
A timely and vital film that challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress
Friday
Mar 21
03:30 pm
Sylvie Van Brabant / CA / 2009 / 83 '
We’ve heard the problems, now here’s some environmental solutions
Tuesday
Mar 11
07:00 pm
Rohan Fernando / CA / 2010 / 72 '
A timely and vital film that challenges our deeply held assumptions of progress
 

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