Festival favorites, Academy award winners, and provocative political and point-of-view documentaries that will inform, sometimes outrage, and always entertain you.
Canadian Lt.-General (ret.) Romeo Dallaire may never fully come to terms with the horrific events that unfolded while he commanded the United Nations peace-keeping mission in Rwanda, but the emotionally scarred Dallaire is trying. Over 100 nightmarish days in 1994, more than 800,000 men, women and children were brutally murdered, despite the valiant efforts of Dallaire and his small number of peacekeepers.
Return to Sender is the emotionally charged story of a girl named Alexandra whose life is turned upside down when her Canadian adoptive parents send her back to Romania. For the past 13 years, she has been stateless-she belongs to no one, and to no country. In this film, Alexandra sets out on a mission to understand what happened during that very traumatic time in her life, and to try to regain her identity.
Prostitution Behind the Veil explores a side of Iran rarely seen or talked about. For over a year, director Nahid Persson filmed the everyday lives of two young female prostitutes as they eked out a living in a country where the profession is banned. The filmmaker often took great risks to follow Minna and Fariba as they sought out customers-men who would often marry them briefly, so as not to violate the laws of the Koran by having extramarital sex. The two women are good friends and neighbors, who have experienced the widespread mistreatment of women and the double standards that permeate Iranian society today.