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Monsters: A film that shows the American Dream sinking into archetypal psychosis

A still from Monsters, by Gareth Edwards.

The word "monster" comes from the Latin monstrum, which refers to a warning or judgement that traumatically breaks into this world from the realm of the divine. It is in this sense that British director Gareth Edward's 2010 film Monsters is well-named.

In the tradition of movies like Gojira, Edwards uses a giant monster invasion as an allegory for serious real-world dangers. This allegory stands atop an ancient mythical subtext underlying all monster stories. If the allegory deserves interpretation, the subtext demands exegesis. Monsters is both a commentary on the violence inflicted by an imperial power on an impoverished nation and a depiction of the religious horror the violence unleashes upon the world.


Film screening and discussion: Are We Wisconsin?

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 5:00pm


Victoria Theatre (South side, Basement level) of Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, BC
49° 16' 3.2916" N, 123° 15' 8.3556" W

Join us for a film screening of "We are Wisconsin" A moving and inspiring documentary about the workers uprising in Wisconsin at the state capital over 26 days in February and March 2011 and a Republican governor's bill threatened to wipe out workers rights.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from BC's labour movement discussing the ongoing attacks on Canadian labour by the Harper government and the neoliberal policies of Christy Clark and the Liberal government of British Columbia.

Amira Elghawaby

Now playing in progressive film: 'City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story'

| February 14, 2014

'Kicking It' at the Homeless World Cup

This documentary about the power of sport for change follows athletes from seven countries around the globe. The year is 2006. The sporting event is the Homeless World Cup.

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Amira Elghawaby

'Kicking It' at the Homeless World Cup

| January 17, 2014

Ten progressive movie picks for the holidays

Photo: flickr William Hook

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Over the holidays, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a special someone, or a couple of friends, to watch a flick on the big or medium screen; or if you’re like my family, crowded around the laptop. (No, we didn’t join the Black Friday mobs battling for a TV this year -- we’re making do!)

Regardless of how we consume film, rabble rousers want more than the typical Hollywood fare, right?  



Kalyanee Mam on film-making and social change

August 30, 2013
| Kalyanee talks about her move from law to film-making, how to remain hopeful, social change and the future of Cambodia.
Length: 42:08 minutes (33.76 MB)
Film Festivals in Toronto

Getting a peek at the Hidden Film Festival

July 19, 2013
| The Hidden Film Festival has appeared in Dublin, London and will be in Paris and then in Toronto. Tune in to find out what we uncovered! Plus reflections on the film Lesbiana.
Length: 38:20 minutes (52.72 MB)

Movie: Laughing in the Darkness

August 15, 2012
| Salomon Rabinovitch was the inventor of Yiddish literature, publishing under the pen name Sholem Aleichem. A recent film explores the life and times of this writer.
Length: 19:39 minutes (18 MB)
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