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2018 80 mins.

Curated by:

Curtis Woloschuk

Vancouver International Film Festival, Associate Director of Programming
British Columbia

As the lone Canadian entry in the Northwest Survey, I suspect that the British Columbia films will offer slightly different sensibilities and perspectives. That said, a number of the emerging filmmakers from this province have been influenced by international cinema from a formative and have proven themselves politically and culturally engaged.

Films in this Program

Medical Drama

Directed by Sophie Jarvis

A struggling actor abandons all logic when she finds a stranger unconscious in her laundry room.

The Glow is Gone

Directed by Ryan Ermacora

Disillusioned by economic precarity, a young woman travels to do temporary farm work on a Gulf Island in British Columbia.

ʔEtsu (Grandmother)

Directed by Trevor Mack

A First Nations boy struggles with the death of his grandmother, but finds a connection to her through an old

The Movieland Movie

Directed by Zachary KerrHolden

A portrait of the Vancouver arcade Movieland and the various players, lights, textures, and narratives that exist within its walls.


Directed by Yassmina Karajah

The journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find a public pool in their new city on a

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.