Submitted by Rachelle Chinnery
Special to The Record
Representatives from five new Canadian films will present their work at the third edition of the Hornby Island Film Festival.
Presented by the Hornby Island Arts Council in partnership with filmmaker Scott Smith, this year’s festival will take place at the Hornby Island Community Hall, March 27-29.
The event kicks off Friday evening at 7 p.m. with the multi-nominated The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (directors Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn). The story is of a chance and contrasting encounter between two Indigenous women: one finding the other barefoot and crying in the street. It was filmed in one shot – the relationship unfolds in real time on the streets and taxis of downtown Vancouver. Associate producer Alysha Seriani will be in attendance for the screening.
The rest of the lineup sets a course with Krow’s Transformation (director Gina Hole-Lazarowich) which follows a successful formerly female model’s three-year gender transition as Krow Kian sets out to re-enter the modeling industry he left behind. Director and Hornby Island resident Gina Hole-Lazarowich along with documentary subjects Kas Baker and Emily Seal will be present.
Next comes Giant Little Ones, presented by director Keith Behrman. “GLO” is a powerful coming-of-age story that centres around the relationship of two teen boys who have been friends since childhood, and the incident that changes things forever.
Sunday is a documentary day and begins with a film for our times: The Whale and the Raven. Director Mirjam Leuze takes viewers on a cinematic tour of the Great Bear Rainforest for a look into the decisions facing the people of this remarkable ecosystem under pressure from the gas industry. Producer Andrew Williamson will be on hand for the Q&A.
The festival will close with Wajd: Song of Separation (director Amar Chebib). In 2010, Chebib went to Syria to make a film about sacred Sufi music. Six months later, the largest humanitarian crisis of our time erupted into a cascading and enduring tragedy, and his musician subjects were scattered across the continent. The film becomes about how these musicians, now refugees, use their love of music to find meaning in their forever changed lives. Director Amar Chebib will present his stunningly beautiful and sobering film.
This year the content is particularly salient and relevant.
“We are presenting five wildly different films, but with perhaps the strongest thread connecting them all as we’ve ever had,” said Smith. “These five films are about the marginalized and endangered, pure and simple.”
The little up-coming festival continues to serve up some serious conversation around some of the more profound social issues of our times, as seen through some exquisite filmmaking.
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