2017 films

A list of films
Acres Of Diamonds

Acres Of Diamonds (20 mins) USA Director: Shawn Small  Free: lucie thornton 13th 10am and  Oct 14th 1.30pm

In India over 360 million people live in poverty. Of these, no one suffers more than millions of her children, who are exploited and sentenced to a life of bonded slavery. Their precious lives are worked away to pay debts that are not their own. 


Arrived (16 mins) Belgium Director: Dilgesh Rojbeyani Free: screens at Malvern Public library 30 Sewells rd. Scarborough 3.30am   OCT 14th

Refugees arriving in Belgium and locked up by their smugglers until all payments are finalised.



Fly By Light

Fly By Light (59 mins) USA Director: Hawah Kasat Free: screens at Malvern Public library 30 Sewells rd. Scarborough 11.30am   OCT 14th

A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life.


Mail.man (23 mins) USA Director: Bill Aydelott   Free Screening at Crescent town community 1pm Oct 14th

With letters something of an endangered species in this new digital age, "Mail.Man" dramatically illustrates their continued importance in a moving but light-hearted fashion, with modern technology still playing an important role. Inspired by a character-driven nod to Frank Capra, the story unfolds through the endearing experience of a veteran mail carrier, with a twist that could make text-obsessed viewers rediscover the power and beauty of a well written letter or email.



Still In motion

Still In motion (14:34 mins) Malaysia Director: Laura Low  Free: screens at Malvern Public library 30 Sewells rd. Scarborough 1pm  OCT 14th

It is a story capturing the journey of a Rohingya refugee girl who seeks freedom from her unsafe village. She travels with her brother and together, they entrust their fate with a middleman who suggests taking the less conventional route of travelling. A film that aims to celebrate human resilience and having faith. 


Anthems: A Journey Around The World

Anthems: A Journey Around The World screens with wexford

(38 mins) Canada Director: Stephanie Dieter  Oct 14th 3pm 80 cooperage st/ Toronto

10-year old Canadian singer and Guinness World Record-holder Capri Everitt embarks on a unique journey with her family to 80 countries where she sings 80 anthems in their native languages in an effort to raise money and awareness for orphaned and abandoned children around the world.


Anthems: A Journey Around the World

Quiet Please

Quiet Please (93 mins) USA Director: Jefferey Scott Gould  11.30am Oct 14th Lucie Thornton 80 Cooperage st

Imagine everyday sounds consuming and dictating your life... Some of us are annoyed by certain sounds, but when you suffer from Misophonia, a neurological disorder, specific sounds trigger adverse physiological and emotional reactions: adrenaline rush, rapid heart rate, rage. Quiet Please... explores the possible causes and the pioneering efforts to research it, but its primary focus is on the emotional toll it has on sufferers and those closest to them.

Quiet Please


The Dark And The Wounded

The Dark And The Wounded (26 mins) Canada Director: James Picard 7.30 Oct 14th Lucie Thornton 80 Cooperage st

To become great, you must have a vision, courage and tenacity.
Master Painter James Picard embodies all three in this defining chapter of his illustrious career. After exhibiting worldwide in a career that spans close to four decades, his new series takes us on a disturbing yet eye opening journey. The foreboding message and dark undertone of this painting series leads him to be rejected from the galleries where he usually displays his work. Determined to share his art and his message, Picard sets plans in motion to exhibit the series in a new way. Gaining momentum, he’s got only one thing on his mind… Alcatraz Prison.

screens with Theatre beyond walls

The Dark and The Wounded/theatre


The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe (84 mins) Australia 

Director: Ros Horin  11am Oct 13th Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

A group of traumatised former refugees in Sydney take on the risky challenge of creating and performing in a piece of theatre about their lives. In the process they are transformed, empowered and healed; and their play triumphs.


Govan Young

Govan Young (30 mins) United Kingdom Directors:David Archibald, Martin Clark, Cara Connolly OCt 13th 9.30am pay at the door

Govan Young follows a group of schoolchildren as they learn the rarely-told story of the Viking invasion of Central Scotland and the subsequent establishment of the medieval kingdom of Strathclyde, which had its spiritual centre in Govan. How will the children react when they discover that Vikings and kings walked on the ground below their feet?

Plastic Is Forever

Plastic is Forever (19 mins) USA Director: Dylan D’Haeze  12pm  Oct 14th Crescent Town Community

What happens when you throw plastic trash away? Dylan, a 13 year old filmmaker from the San Juan Islands, follows plastic trash to where it ends up, and shows how kids can help make a difference in a world that is increasingly dependent on plastic.

Wash, Jesus, Govan Young

Wash (15 mins) USA Director: Zhichun Huang  OCt 13th 9.30am Lucie Thornton Bldg 80 Cooperage st

Newly immigrated mother and daughter from China who are living under the condition of water shortage in a shabby household in Los Angeles, are going through the threshold of cultural assimilation and racial displacement.

screens with Jesus  and Govan

Jesus (13 mins) USA

Director: Brian Patterson

On an ordinary summer day, on an ordinary trip to the park, Jesús, who uses a wheelchair to get around, begins to realize that his life is going to be different from the other kids'.

Govan Young (30 mins) United Kingdom

Director: Sanne Jehoul

Govan Young follows a group of schoolchildren as they learn the rarely-told story of the Viking invasion of Central Scotland and the subsequent establishment of the medieval kingdom of Strathclyde, which had its spiritual centre in Govan. How will the children react when they discover that Vikings and kings walked on the ground below their feet?


Mother’s Day: The Forgotten Victims Of Death Row

Mother’s Day: The Forgotten Victims Of Death Row (55 mins) USA Director: Linda Broocks

12pm Oct 15th Lucie Thornton  Blackburn conference 80 Cooperage st

Between 1976 and 2016, the USA executed over 1400 people. The mothers of many of the condemned men and women testified at trial, pleading for the lives of their children. EACH of these mothers receives the message that she has failed in her highest calling and that her child must be destroyed. The intense grief these women feel is unacknowledged by society. Each of these mothers has a story to tell. This film presents just a few. 


Mother's Day: The Forgotten Victims Of Death Row



River & Oak

River & Oak (13 mins) Canada Director: James Malekzadeh

12pm Oct 14th Lucie Thornton Blackburn Bldg 80 cooperage st

As Toronto's Regent Park Housing project is demolished and rebuilt for the second time in its history, two women reflect on the complicated past of their neighbourhood. Through archival footage, the past is brought to the present and the audience is left to decide whether the current revitalization is the best solution for the residents of this often overlooked community.

screens with neighbourhood Utopia Wexford

The Wexford/Neighborhood Utopia/River&Oak


Inside Peace

Inside Peace (57mins) USA Director: Cynthia Fitzpatrick  12pm Oct 15th Lucie Thornton Blackburn 80 Cooperage st

The Inside Peace documentary follows a group of inmates doing hard time in a Texas prison as they embark on a journey of personal discovery while struggling with society’s roadblocks and dangers.


Inside Peace


Neighborhood Utopia

Neighborhood Utopia (1:20:00 mins) Canada Director: Rapide Blanc

12pm Oct 14th Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st screens with Wexford  River &oak

Affectionately known as La Pointe, Pointe-Saint-Charles is a working-class neighbourhood in southwest Montreal. Once among the biggest industrial districts in Canada, today it is under attack by real estate developers. With luxury condo towers springing up like weeds along the Lachine Canal, residents of La Pointe are being priced out of their own neighbourhood in a real estate boom of epic proportions.

The Wexford/Neighborhood Utopia/River&Oak


The Wexford Saturday oct 14th 3pm

The Wexford (8.30 mins) Canada Director: Michael Barry screens with anthems Saturday oct 14th 3pm

The Wexford Restaurant was established in 1958 by the Kiriakou brothers, Tony and Tommy. Situated in the Wexford Heights Plaza on Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, the restaurant continues to play a vital role within the local community. This charming short documentary profiles the restaurant, its staff and customers.

The Wexford/anthems


Marvin Booker Was Murdered

Marvin Booker Was Murdered (1:48:00 mins) USA Director: Wade Gardner 12pm Oct 15th Lucie Thornton Conference bldg 80 cooperage st

Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher, while being booked into the Denver Detention Center, was beaten to death by five jail guards. The event was caught on tape, and witnessed by more than 20 people. After they beat him, the deputies carried him into an isolation cell. Then, left him laying on the cement floor. They claimed he was still alive after they left the cell. The city of Denver never indicted, nor reprimanded any of the deputies involved. 

Because the Booker family never settled with city administrators, the case wound its way to a stunning federal civil trial. The film covers how the Booker family, along with their two incredible, attorneys, fought to restore Marvin's civil rights. 

Marvin Booker Was Murdered


Crows Of The Desert - A Hero's Journey Through The Armenian Genocide

Crows Of The Desert - A Hero's Journey Through The Armenian Genocide (1:00:00 mins) USA Director: Marta Houske

5pm Oct 14th Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

The film recounts the incredible true story of one man’s desperate struggle to not only stay alive but to help save his people from near extinction in the 20th Century’s first genocide.
World War I was raging in the Middle East, as the British fought side by side with the Arabs against the Ottoman Empire. In the midst of the chaos, Levon would lead a small expeditionary group on a daring mission to rescue the scattered, destitute survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

Crows Of The Desert


Growing Up Fat & Albanian

Growing Up Fat & Albanian (31 mins) USA Director: Elza Zagreda Free: screens at Malvern Public library 30 Sewells rd. Scarborough 1pm   OCT 14th

A whirlwind Albanian American love story set in the 70's, 80's, 90's and present day. Watch Ella, as she grows up FAT and Albanian in America. Follow her zany life of arranged
marriages, flying bullets at weddings, and learning the art of becoming a good 'Nuse,' a good Bride.

Masquerading: To Hell And Back

Masquerading: To Hell And Back (14 mins) South Africa Oct 14th 6.30pm Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

Director: Sofia DE Fay

What was it like to be a drag queen during the discriminatory and brutal regime of Apartheid in South Africa that made being a drag queen illegal? A bittersweet letter is written by a 58-year-old Cape Coloured drag queen, Sandra Dee to her best friend, Samantha Fox celebrating their complicated 30-year friendship. The letter takes us on a funny and poignant journey through their shared memories, Sandra Dee reminisces about their struggle to survive the Apartheid regime and the adventures and misfortune that befell them because of their color and their transgender identity. In South Africa up to 1994; it was illegal to be a drag queen or masquerade as the opposite sex. The drag queens live in the shanty town of a Cape Colored

Masquerading To Hell and Back 



Anastasia Lin: The Crown

Anastasia Lin: The Crown (20 mins) Canada Director: Kacey Cox 1.30pm Oct 14th  Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

Screens with acres of diamonds 20m

After being crowned Miss World Canada 2015, China-born actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin discovers that local authorities have threatened her father in an effort to silence her criticisms of the Chinese government. And when China is named host of the Miss World Finals, Anastasia must confront the possibility that she’ll be banned from competing unless she complies.

screens with Anthems journey around the world

Anastasia Lin: The Crown


Buckout Road

Buckout Road (97 mins) Canada Director: Matthew Currie Holmes 7.30pm Oct 13th Lucie Thornton bldg 80 cooperage St

Buckout Road is 'The Omen' meets 'Urban Legend' 

A college class project on creation and destruction of modern myth, turns terrifying when a trio of young people come to realize the many evil urban legends surrounding New York State’s famed Buckout Road may, in fact be real.

screens with Mrs Krantz bakes Great cookies

Buckout Road



The Women In The Sand / Turning point

The Women In The Sand (1:25:00 mins) USA Director: Steve Jarvis    11.30am Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

Two feisty elders of the Timbisha Tribe struggle with the US Government and their own tribal council to overcome injustice to save their ancient tribal culture in Death Valley, CA. Through legends and stories, Pauline and Maddy Esteves reveal the rich history of their people. They travel to sacred sites, harvest pine nuts and search for early Timbisha basketry. Historians and supporters tell more of Pauline and Maddy’s fight to save their ancient language and basket making art. They confront their enemy, Chairman of the Tribal Council and debate him on their grievances. He is unmoved. Undaunted, they continue to follow their ancestor’s wishes to save their culture before it’s too late.

screens with The Turning point

Walk With Me/ Acres of Diamonds

Walk with Me (28 mins) USA Director: Collective Effort  10am Oct 13th Lucie Thornton 80 Cooperage st

A minister working at Riker's Island challenges church hierarchy and overcomes resistance to create a Presbyterian church run by and for prisoners, exprisoners and people of faith who want to be in solidarity with them.

screens with acres of diamonds

Mrs. Krantz Bakes Great Cookies

Mrs. Krantz Bakes Great Cookies  (10 mins) Canada  7.30pm Oct 13th  Lucie Thornton 80 Cooperage st. Director: Maria Sant'Angelo plays with Buckout Rd

Mrs. Krantz Bakes Great Cookies is about an abused woman who has suffered in silence for the majority of her married life. She has endured mental, as well as physical abuse from her spouse. We experience a day in the life of this woman as she finally has a break with reality. Screens with Buckout Rd

mrs krantz




Change (5 mins) Singapore  12pm Oct 14th  crescent town community  crescent place

Director: Issac Kerlow

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

screens with plastic is forever

ArtCity In St.James

ArtCity In St.James

Director: Commffest Community Film & Arts Festival

Art city is in St. James is an after school art studio that has been a vital part of st James town community for over 16 years. St James Town is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in North America with a clear majority of residents being recent immigrants and a smaller number of refugees Art city is part of a support network in the community providing the neighbourhood’s children with a safe and inspiring learning environment at no cost to parents. Our programs are well attended by young participants consistently maintaining a full registration with a waiting list as well. 




Impunity (25 mins) Uganda     6.30 Oct 14th  Lucie Thornton  80 cooperage st

Director: Issac Matovu

After the scrape off of the famous anti-gay bill commonly known as kill the gay bill by the court ruling. It gave nous of relief to the advocates and the LGBTI community while reigniting the public wrath. This documentary depicts the government’s endeavors to disfranchise the LGBTI community with laws as the masses decide to take the law in their own hands with IMPUNITY. Thus, living the LGBTI pocket-sized of food, housing, and health care and sometimes losing their lives at the hands of the angry mob. 

Impunity/Masquerading To Hell and Back 



Chaos in The Kalahari

Chaos In The Kalahari 53m  Director KATE THOMPSON-GORRY UK

Oct 14th 6.30pm

In the heart of the Kalahari Desert, the last sanctuary of the San Bushmen tribe – also known as 'the first people’ - is taking place a drama of both irreversible and universal consequences: an ethnic and cultural genocide. Bella, 43, is an enterprising and energetic woman of the San Bushmen. She opens for us the doors to her world and takes us to meet her uncle, Kayate, the village shaman, and her children, the pride of her heart. But fate seems set against both herself and her community…





Pimachihowin Director Michael B MacDonald 33m Canada   Oct 13th 1pm  tickets available at the door  $12.00 includes tax

A University of Calgary business ethics professor with a background of working with indigenous people in Western Canada travels to the Northern Cree community of Little Red River First Nations to understand the Cree concept of Pimachihowan. Learning about Pimachihowan may help settler Canadians understand the constitutional duty to consult and accommodate First Nations impacted by industrial development.

Tree house Present Learn to code

Seamus Boyle Director USA 16m    October 13th 2pm  Lucie Thornton 80 Cooperage st $6.00 pay at The Door screens with Time flies when I am having fun

An Old Man escapes from a nursing home on a mission to fulfill promises to his late wife and becomes fast friends with a 'down and out' NYC pedicab driver.


Time flies when I am having fun

Time flies when I am having fun    oct 13th Lucie Thornton 80 cooperage st

5m Director Johan Tappert

From personal experience Marianne knows that time passes too quickly when she is having fun. She therefore tries to live as boring as possible, which turns out to be harder than she thought.

screens with Pedicab $6.00 pay at the door


It's Within
Director Manu 8m Canada
7.30pm Oct 13th screens with The Valley

IT'S WITHIN is a short dramatic film about a young woman who, in the wake of her mother’s death, descends into a battle with depression, only to find support from an unlikely companion.

The Valley/its Within


Accompanying Dancer

Accompanying dancer  Director Johel (Karleener) Miteran 24m France 

Maryline, an elderly woman, receives a nurse and shows him pictures of a friend who, in her youth, danced to accompany in their last moments people at the end of life. The nurse asks her to tell. Maryline describes her story, in the form of 8 choreographies.

pay at the door

The Valley

The Valley (94m, U S A)dir. by  Saila Kariat 7.30pm OCT 13th Lucie Thornton Blackburn Bldg and Saturday OCt 14th 2.30 Crescent Town

It is the story of an immigrant entrepreneur Neal Kumar, his wife Roopa and his daughters Monica and Maya who reside in the high octane, technologically driven culture that is silicon valley. His ambitious, affluent life appears idyllic from the exterior, however, when his daughter Maya tragically commits suicide, the fractured nature of his interior life becomes apparent to himself and those around him.