THE AMINA PROFILE / BOREALIS / FIRE SONG
Vancouver International Film Festival
THE AMINA PROFILE
Written/Directed by Sophie Deraspe (Canada) – RT: 84 mins
Montrealer Sandra Bagaria is having an erotic and intellectual online romance with Amina Arraf, a Syrian-American woman living in Damascus. As the Syrian uprising was being violently repressed, Arraf launched the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus, which quickly became a source for respected news media reports of on-the-ground stories of resistance. But when Arraf is abducted and Bagaria starts a campaign to free her, no one—not even the US State Department—can find a trace of her. A modern love story shapeshifts into an international thriller as journalists and activists hunt for the real Arraf through the virtual world. Identities and avatars proliferate, fiction is reported as fact and nothing can be taken as truth. Superb storytelling and cinematic style seamlessly blends with erotica, news footage of the uprisings and shots of an imaginary Arraf walking the streets of Damascus. A true masterpiece of hybrid documentary cinema.
Northern Banner Releasing presents
Directed by Sean Garrity (Canada), Written by Jonas Chernick – RT: 94 mins
Jonah, an unemployed gambler, takes his estranged pot-smoking teenaged daughter Aurora on a dangerous road trip from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba to show her the magnificent Northern Lights – before her vision disorder renders her completely blind. With a volatile bookie in hot pursuit, Jonah and Aurora are forced to finally confront each other, their tragic pasts and their individual vices in unanticipated and often comical ways.
Marina Cordoni Entertainment, Big Soul Productions, and Thunderstone Pictures present
Written/Directed by Adam Garnet Jones (Canada) – RT: 85 mins
When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it’s up to her brother Shane to take care of their family. Shane was supposed to move to the city for University in the fall, and he has been trying to convince his secret boyfriend to come with him, but now everything is uncertain. Shane is torn between his responsibilities at home and the promise of freedom calling to him from the city. He pushes through barrier after barrier, determined to take care of his mom and earn money for school. But when circumstances take a turn for the worse and Shane has to choose between his family or his future, what will he do?