National Canadian Film Day Goes International

April 16, 2018

National Canadian Film Day is not just a national celebration of Canadian film, but an international one! There are screenings happening around the globe! Here are just a few that you may catch if you’re jet-setting on April 18! See them all here!

 

Embassy of Canada to Iceland presents Empire of Dirt
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik, Iceland is showing the powerful and inspiring film Empire of Dirt. Nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, Empire of Dirt tells a traditional mother daughter story in a new way by making their Cree heritage and the role it has in their lives and relationships the true heart of the drama. If you’re just passing through, or live in Reykjavik, don’t miss your chance to celebrate Canadian film and culture by watching this inspiring film! Note this is a private event by invitation only.

 

Reel Injun (Hollywood et les indiens) (2009)

High Commission of Canada in South Africa presents Reel Injun
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The High Commission of Canada in South Africa is celebrating National Canadian Film Day at Johannesburg’s Bioscope Cinema with a free screening of the award-winning documentary Reel Injun! Reel Injun is an enlightening documentary about the way First Nations people have been depicted in film from the silent era to the present day. Director Neil Diamond takes the audience on a trip through time to explore the history of the “Hollywood Indian” and offers a refreshing, candid and personal analysis, tracing how these cinematic images have shaped and influenced the understanding of native culture and history. This event is completely free! Celebrate NCFD in the Rainbow Nation on April 18!

 

Consulate General of Canada in Sydney presents The Road Forward
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, Australia presents The Road Forward. A musical doc unlike anything you’ve seen before, The Road Forward pushes the boundaries of what we expect of documentaries and offers a unique, defiant blend of genres that will leave you smiling and feeling inspired. The film tells the tale of six generations of Indigenous activism, weaving in musical sequences that seamlessly connect past and present with blues, rock and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to those who tirelessly fight for the rights of First Nations people and a visceral and inspiring call to action! This is a free public event! If you’re in Sydney, drop by the consulate and celebrate National Canadian Film Day down under!

 

Away from Her (Loin d'elle) (2006)

Away from Her (Loin d’elle) (2006)

Embassy of Canada to Thailand presents Away From Her
Time: Multiple Screenings (see event page)
Event primary language: English (Thai Subtitles)

To celebrate National Canadian Film Day 2018, the Embassy of Canada to Thailand and the Bangkok Screening Room are presenting a special screening of Sarah Polley’s masterpiece Away From Her, starring Julie Christie. This moving film tells the story of Fiona (Christie) and Grant (Gordon Pinsent), a couple who have been married for over 40 years. As Fiona’s “forgetfulness” grows worse, the couple are forced to come to terms with the fact that it is actually Alzheimer’s, and she is placed in a new nursing home. 5 sessions only! Screenings include Thai subtitles.

 

Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic presents Empire of Dirt
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Event primary language: English

The Embassy of Canada to the Dominican Republic presents Empire of Dirt on National Canadian Film Day. When single mom Lena (Cara Gee) realizes that her daughter may be in danger of succumbing to the same addiction issues she herself faced, she decides to leave the city with her and return home to her estranged mother (Jennifer Podemski) in the rural community of her youth. The homecoming forces Lena to deal with her past and raises issues that test all three generations of this family of spirited women. Powerful and inspiring, Empire of Dirt was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture. Please note that this is a private event by invitation only.


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