Join us on Saturday September 15th, 2018 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Cinema Politica and the launch of our new project The Next 150 :: Documentary Futurism. To hell with sweet sixteen, bring on feisty fifteen!
On September 18th, 2003, 150 people—mostly students—gathered in Concordia’s Hall Building on the fourth floor in Room H-420 to watch Elem Klimov’s classic anti-war epic COME AND SEE (1985). It was the official launch of Cinema Politica, a new screening initiative on campus that promised to create spaces for political film encounters and discussions afterward. Klimov’s masterpiece follows a Belorussian boy stumbling through the horrors of WWII, and after the 142-minute film ended a rousing audience dialogue took place between peace activists, Russian cinephiles and Belorussians whose families had experienced the war. It was an auspicious beginning to what would become the longest-running film series on campus.
It’s now fifteen years later and that scrappy DIY project has grown into an international network of 100 screening sites dotting the globe. Cinema Politica is now the largest alternative documentary exhibition network in the world, and in recent years we have expanded our efforts to include a Dedicated Distribution arm and On Demand streaming services.
To help us properly fete this auspicious occasion we've invited some very special guests (info below) so please Save the Date!
AMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN
We are thrilled to be hosting Toronto-based Noh-Wave prog collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan. Their latest release DIRT (Paper Bag, 2018) is the soundtrack to an unreleased Haudenosaunee and Buddhist anime from 1987. It combines Iroquois creation myth, Buddhist principles and classic sci-fi themes to explore the tragic nature of humanity. Their live show is a sensory overload making ample use of make-up, costumes and of course sound to bring audiences into their world.
Eliza Kavtion is a Mohawk experimental guitarist. Layering samples over her virtuosic guitar-playing she uses her music to explore issues related to indigenous sovereignty and resistance. A true devotee of the shred – her riffing is as radical as her politics. Drummer John Milchem, rounds out the lineup, providing pulsing, organic beats.
BBBy (DJ set)
BBBy aka 100% Broke is one of the fiercest DJ Montreal has to offer. Of Haitian descent, this queer virtuoso is on the cutting edge of club music, and hosts a myriad of inclusive events that enrich the Montreal music scene.
Hosted by Jordan Arsenault
Jordan Arseneault is a performer, social artist, writer, and meeting facilitator. Arseneault’s workshops address issues around criminalization, stigma, HIV/AIDS, addiction, and community. He hosts cabarets by night and curates film programs by day for MediaQueer.ca - a curatorial tool for LGBTQ Canadian and Québec film and video.
ABOUT CINEMA POLITICA
15 YEARS OF SCREENING TRUTH TO POWER
With nearly 100 locations in Canada and across the globe, Cinema Politica is the largest campus and community based screening network in the world. We are a non-profit media arts organization committed to connecting audiences to issues raised in independent political and social issue documentary through screenings and post-projection discussions. For more info visit our website.
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