International, documentary, short and Canadian films are often overlooked by cinema screenings, especially if you only have one screen in town that caters mostly to the latest releases from the southern dream machine.
But the Civic Theater is committed to delivering diverse programming, and this coming week, as well as last week, proves it. Films from Bhutan, India, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Afghanistan, Japan, Finland, The Civic Theater brings the world to our small mountain community.
It’s no small feat in a city our size and on a single screen subject to screening restrictions around big movies from big studios to schedule these little gems of cinema, and that’s why we go all-in when a window shows up.
So I urge you to pull back the curtain and look over there while it’s still there. Starting in April, a run of three back-to-back blockbusters locks our screens for unique weekly titles for most of the month, but for this week at least, you won’t be disappointed as The Civic continues its journey with a pair of picks. of International Women’s Month.
The incredible Nova Scotia film, Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor, revolves around Dawn, a young trans woman who returns to the family farm in the Maritimes after the death of her mother, meeting her father and sister for the first times since his transition. The film is the feature debut of Shelly Thompson, who went from in front of the camera with her role as Barbara Lahey on the hit series Trailer Park Boys, to behind with this touching story that draws on her own experience as as mother of a trans son.
The second film of Women’s Month is a phenomenal documentary that earned an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Writing with Fire tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, the only news agency in India run by Dalit (oppressed caste) women. Armed with smartphones, these female journalists report from some of the toughest parts of the country, risking everything to speak truth to power. Directed by chief reporter Meera and her fiery understudy, crime reporter Suneeta, the film is a testament to the wit, intelligence and compassion of these reporters in the face of the most pressing stories of our time. 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!
And on the subject of Oscar nominations, round out your viewing of Oscar-nominated shorts programs with tonight’s collection of live action and tomorrow’s animated series. Oscar short film categories are always a random guess on Oscar ballots in previous Oscars Civic Live Streams, but with great prizes in store for the top-rated ballots, don’t take the risk. – Get the edge by putting your discerning eyes on these incredible stories and make your choices with confidence. The Oscars live stream will take place on Sunday, March 27 at 5 p.m. You can find an in-person ballot at the theater or look for a link on our Facebook pages and website leading to the event.
Check out the rest of the week’s top titles, Drive My Car, Compartment No. 6 and Une Révision, available this week at civictheatre.ca/whats-on.
Jason Asbell is the Director of Programming and an intrepid traveler of world cinema for The Civic Theater