Catch the last day of the Durham Region International Film Festival 2017 in the luxurious Regent Theatre in Oshawa. You’ll see the final group of curated films, find out whether your favourite films from the week win the awards, then be part of the closing ceremony. Bring your kleenex. It will be an emotional day!
FILM SCREENINGS | 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Heap | France | Directed By: Thomas Soulignac| 15:00 mins | Short Film
Simone is a lonesome old lady, whose daily matters are punctuated by a strange heap, so imposing in her small apartment that prevents her from living normally. One day Simone dares to touch it.
Screened at 12:00pm
Shiners | Montreal, QC | Directed By: Stacey Tenenbaum | 78:00 mins | Documentary Feature
Shiners delves into the lives of shoe shiners around the world giving you an insider’s view of this often overlooked profession. Travel from Tokyo to La Paz, New York, Toronto and Sarajevo, to meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. Shiners is a character-driven documentary which introduces you to the people who do this job and allows you to see the world through their eyes. From class relations to the importance of job satisfaction in our lives, Shiners touches on topics which are of concern to us all. People around the world have turned to shoe shining to provide for themselves and their families. These are their stories. Enter their universe. You'll never look at a shoe shiner the same way again.
Screened at 12:15pm
This is Home | Vancouver, BC | Directed By: Var Bhalla | 51:32 mins | Documentary Feature
This is not just a story about devastation. It’s not a story about tragedy, oil, or the environment. This is a story about how a husband and wife immigrated from India to Northern Alberta to start a new life. It’s a story about the different people that came to call Fort McMurray home and how 30 years after the filmmaker was born there, his home-town almost burned to the ground.
Screened at 1:45pm
The Sunrise Storyteller | Toronto,ON | Directed By: Kasha Sequoia Slavner | 64:00 mins | Documentary Feature
Kasha Sequoia Slavner, aka The Sunrise Storyteller, is an 18-year old filmmaker, photographer, entrepreneur, young global leader and peace advocate. As a concerned high school student, disillusioned and outraged by the negativity and powerlessness she felt as a consumer of mainstream media, Kasha was compelled to find an alternative narrative. On her 16th birthday on an ambitious mission to travel the world for six months with her mom, camera in hand and no clear roadmap, she finds herself intersecting with the lives of people determined to rise above adversity Through the eyes of a teenager, in search of what it means to be a global citizen, we are exposed to resilient human stories that serve as a beacon of hope for others to take action. Her epic journey across 7 countries introduces us to trailblazers who are finding sustainable and creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. Upon return she meets & interviews Vietnamese-Canadian napalm bomb survivor Phan Thi Kim Phuc (the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972, ) who brings to the film a crucial message about forgiveness and peace. Supported entirely by community & crowdsourcing efforts, The Sunrise Storyteller is not only a testimonial to the strength of those she encounters, and those she hopes to inspire, but is also a hero's journey of a young first-time filmmaker determined to make a difference, proving where there’s a will there’s a way.
Screened at 2:45pm
Inconvenience | Toronto, ON | Directed By: Oliver Whitfield-Smith | 13:00 mins | Short Film
Two teenage girls are forced to face their past when the cashier of the convenience store they are attempting to shoplift from turns out to be a malevolent force from their childhood.
Screened at 4:00pm
RAW* | Vancouver, BC | Directed By: David I. Strasser | 97:00 mins | Feature Film
The inspirational story of a delinquent seventeen year-old on a downward spiral. Jakob Levin is sentenced by the courts to serve his time on an organic farm run by his uncle. Put to work with a bunch of misfit interns, he soon discovers that not everything is as idyllic as it first appears, and beneath the beauty of the farm, potentially malevolent forces are at play.
Screened at 4:15pm
AWARDS & CLOSING CEREMONY | 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm