Goethe Institut Toronto: A Lonely City

Goethe Institut Toronto: A Lonely City

Join us our friends at Goethe Institut Toronto as we navigate feelings of loneliness and isolation. Reflecting our present moment, Berlin filmmaker Nicola Graef’s new documentary “A Lonely City” listens as urban dwellers of all ages and circumstances frankly share their personal stories of solitude (and glimpses of hope and community). Catch this international premiere May 18-20 as part of the #GoetheFilms series “Loneliness in the City” streaming on digital TIFF Lightbox. (In German with English subtitles.)

Reel Abilities Film Festival - The World is Bright

Reel Abilities Film Festival - The World is Bright

We are pleased to co-present the ReelAbilities Film Festival screening of The World Is Bright – a riveting Canadian documentary following the epic 10-year journey of a Chinese couple searching for the truth behind their son’s death in Canada. On May 30th at 2 PM, audiences are invited to watch The World Is Bright, which will be followed by a panel about Mental health and Immigration at 4:30 PM.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: His Name is Ray

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema: His Name is Ray

We are excited to co-present the program His Name is Ray with Hot Docs Ted Hot Rogers Cinema.

In his anticipated follow-up to Transformer, which took home the Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs 2018, acclaimed director Michael Del Monte gives a human face to our growing homelessness and opioid crises. Ray once had everything. A job that he loved with the Canadian Coast Guard. The husband to a wife. The father to a family. But his heroin addiction took it all away. Now, the former sailor lives on the streets of Toronto with an entire population that seems to have just fallen through the cracks. Who was he? How did he end up there? With a remarkably compassionate and intimate lens, Del Monte follows Ray on his precarious journey to get off the streets and back on the water, where — in the ultimate achievement of the oblivion he craves — he could just sail away from it all.

+ Screening also includes a special recorded epilogue featuring Ray and Q&A with Michael Del Monte (Director), Scott Montgomery (Writer/Producer) and Hanan Townshend (Composer), moderated by Hot Docs programmer, Aisha Jamal.

FREE PANEL DISCUSSION: HOMELESSNESS IN THE TIME OF COVID

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On Wednesday, May 26 at 7:30 PM (EST), we hosted a free live panel Homelessness in the Time of COVID in conjunction with the screening of His Name is Ray. The talk wae moderated by Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion. The recording of the talk is not available for streaming. Click here for more info or to view the panel discussion.

Panelists

Dr. Naheed Dosani (Moderator) is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals. He’s a Lecturer at the University of Toronto & lead physician of Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). During COVID19, he has served as Medical Director for the Region of Peel’s COVID19 Isolation/Housing Program.

Michael Del Monte (Panelist) is a documentary filmmaker and the Director of His Name Is Ray. His film Transformer won both the Audience Award and the Emerging Canadian Filmmaker Award at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.

Akia Munga (they/them) (Panelist) is a harm reduction worker, activist and consultant.

Jesse Upton Crowe (they/them) (Panelist) is an affordable housing advocate, musician and hairstylist who works with the Encampment Support Network (ESN) in Toronto’s Parkdale.

Jennifer (she/her) (Panelist) is a 50-year-old disabled, queer woman & artist currently trying to survive the shelter system. Happiest when living amongst the bees & trees.

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Images Festival - what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost

Images Festival - what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost

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We are excited to co-present the program “what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost” at the 2021 Images Festival. This year, Images Festival is FREE online via live-stream at imagesfestival.com from May 20-26, 2021.

“what is erased occasionally returns as a ghost” features works by Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby, Ruth Höflich, Vika Kirchenbauer, Kamila Kuc, and Laida Lertxundi. The program will screen on Sunday, May 23 at 8:00 PM EDT with a Q & A to follow with the artists moderated by Bojana Stancic. Co-presented with 8fest, Canadian Film Institute, and Workman Arts/Rendezvous With Madness.

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Singapore Mental Health Film Festival - Land of Not Knowing

Singapore Mental Health Film Festival - Land of Not Knowing

D: Steve Sanguedolce / 2016 / English / RATING: NC-17 / Canada / 71 min

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: SUICIDE

TYPE: CO-PRESENTATION, FILM

We are thrilled to co-present Land of Not Knowing at the Singapore Mental Health Film Festival. The film and accompanying talk will be available to screen within Canada.

In this bold new experimental documentary, four artists talk about suicide: the role the recurring thought has played in their life and art, the struggle to understand and overcome the impulse, and the ongoing confrontation with a form of stigma that renders the very concept of suicide as a kind of pariah even among mental health issues and discussions. With a frankness that is both bracing and illuminating, Sanguedolce’s subjects tell their stories, and the filmmaker responds with a striking visual scheme that permits us something rarely attempted in the engagement with this most misunderstood of conditions: a sense of first person understanding.

The film is accompanied by a panel discussion: “Suicide: Can talk or not?” on May 27, at 8:00 PM Singapore time (8:00 AM ET) A total of 400 suicides were recorded in Singapore in 2019, with youths aged 10 to 29 representing a significant portion of this figure. Despite general consensus on the need to curb and prevent suicide, many of us find ourselves not knowing how to approach this seeming delicate topic:

How do we talk about suicide? Are there signs to it?
Will asking about suicide compel one to act on it?
What are the psychological and sociological causes of suicide?

This panel conversation will explore what goes on in the mind of an individual contemplating suicide, and learn about possible signs and symptoms. We will also share ways in which we can reach out to suicidal individuals, and how we can talk about suicide in a safe and appropriate manner. Additionally, the panel will highlight the importance of looking at suicide beyond the individual, and to understand its larger socio-cultural influences. This panel will also examine the impact of suicide on those who are left behind – and how we can support these ‘suicide survivors’.

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Mental Health Film Series - Les mondes de Vincent (The Worlds of Vincent)

Mental Health Film Series - Les mondes de Vincent (The Worlds of Vincent)

D: Rozenn Potin / 2015 / French with English subtitles / RATING: 14A / Canada / 80 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: SCHIZOPHRENIA

TYPE: FILM

In the lead-up to the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, we’re showcasing free docs-and-conversations about mental health and mental illness in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs.

Films will be available to stream from January 4-28 and culminate in a live virtual panel discussion with special guests on January 28. Tickets for all films and the panel discussion are free, and can be booked through the Hot Docs Box Office.

This intimate documentary immerses you in the real and imagined worlds of Vincent, who, for 16 years now, has been living with schizophrenia. Vincent’s sister, filmmaker Rozenn Potin, follows her charismatic and endearing sibling—now 36—from his carefree childhood to his more complex present, brilliantly capturing the before and after of the illness of a loved one. Filled with beautiful archival images, The Worlds of Vincent is a personal journey into the still-mysterious world of schizophrenia and heart-wrenching story of love, family and mental illness.

In French with English subtitles

Ce documentaire intimiste vous plonge dans le monde réel et virtuel de Vincent, schizophrène depuis 16 ans. La sœur de Vincent, la réalisatrice Rozenn Potin, suit son frère charismatique et attachant — maintenant âgé de 36 ans — de son enfance insouciante à son présent plus complexe, présentant avec brio la vie avant et après la maladie d’un être cher. Ponctué de belles images d’archives, Les mondes de Vincent est un voyage personnel dans l’univers encore mystérieux de la schizophrénie et une histoire émouvante d’amour, de famille et de questionnement sur la maladie mentale.

En français avec sous-titres en anglais

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Mental Health Film Series - Rat Park

Mental Health Film Series - Rat Park

D: Shawney Cohen / 2019 / RATING: 14A / Canada / 82 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: ADDICTION

TYPE: FILM

In the lead-up to the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, we’re showcasing free docs-and-conversations about mental health and mental illness in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs.

Films will be available to stream from January 4-28 and culminate in a live virtual panel discussion with special guests on January 28. Tickets for all films and the panel discussion are free, and can be booked through the Hot Docs Box Office.

In 1978, Canadian psychologist Bruce K. Alexander conducted a radical psychological experiment involving rats and heroin that would revolutionize the way we understand addictions. Thirty years later, this timely and conversation-worthy VICE doc connects the long-forgotten “Rat Park” findings with three stories taking place 10,000 miles apart—revealing why addiction is not really about the drug themselves, it’s about the environments we live in.

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Mental Health Film Series - Connecting the Dots

Mental Health Film Series - Connecting the Dots

D: Noemi Weis / 2020 / RATING: PG / Canada / 91 min / FREE

GENRE: DOCUMENTARY

TOPIC: YOUTH

TYPE: FILM

In the lead-up to the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 28, we’re showcasing free docs-and-conversations about mental health and mental illness in partnership with Bell Let’s Talk and Hot Docs.

Films will be available to stream from January 4-28 and culminate in a live virtual panel discussion with special guests on January 28. Tickets for all films and the panel discussion are free, and can be booked through the Hot Docs Box Office.

The first documentary of its kind, Connecting the Dots takes on the subject of mental health through the voices of young people around the world. From Edmonton and New York to Nigeria and Australia, young people talk openly about their experiences in a way you have never seen or heard before. At a time when youth are facing increased anxiety and depression—on top of unrest surrounding systemic racism, sexual orientation, and gender discrimination—it’s more important than ever to stop and listen. Intimate and heartfelt, the film brings this crisis to the surface, while shedding light on the inspiring ways we can break through barriers and take action.

Followed by a recorded Q&A with award-winning director Noemi Weis.

This film may include content that is triggering for some viewers. It contains depictions of young adults experiencing distress related to mental illness, including talk of self-harm and suicide. It may be particularly difficult for young or sensitive viewers.
Watch the film with someone you trust, watch until the end to take away messages of hope, take time to debrief afterwards, and if you need help, reach out.

There are many things you can do to stay well during these challenging times – like trying to eat and sleep regularly, getting active doing things you like to do, spending time outdoors, paying attention to calm breathing and mindful moments, making connections with your faith or culture, and spending time with people who make you smile.

The following organizations can provide free mental health support 24/7:
Kids Help Phone | Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT 686868
Wellness Together Canada | Visit ca.portal.gs or text WELLNESS to 686868. Adults can text WELLNESS to 741741
Indigenous Canadians can also reach out to Hope for Wellness at 1-855-242-3310
Black Youth Helpline | Call 416-285-9944, toll-free 1-833-294-8650 (every day 9 am to 10 pm ET)
If you are in crisis, please contact your local crisis center by calling 1-833-456-4566 toll-free (In QC: 1-866-277-3553) or visit www.crisisservicescanada.ca
You can also access Kids Help Phone Resources Around Me to find local resources: https://apps.kidshelpphone.ca/resourcesaroundme/welcome.html

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Toronto Fall Film Festival Digital Tasting Tour

Toronto Fall Film Festival Digital Tasting Tour

Inviting audiences to discover new Canadian or Indigenous cinema from 7 Toronto film festivals

This fall, Toronto film festivals are joining forces to bring entertainment to Greater Toronto Area audiences in social isolation by offering a series of free digital screenings. Participating festivals have selected one Canadian film or Indigenous program from their lineups to be offered to audiences FREE OF CHARGE.

Each participating festival has traditionally been focused on its own communities but we found ourselves reaching out to each other when COVID-19 changed the landscape of presentation for us all. Through our ongoing dialogue and collaboration, we all felt a sense of connection and that links our communities together and we realized that we could have a lot to offer each other’s audiences.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us all that only together can we weather the storms. We believe that films have the healing powers that can bring communities together and diminish the issues that try to divide us.

We hope you enjoy this selection of free programming.

  • October 1 - November 30
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Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival (Oct 1-11, 2020)

insideout.ca/festival/schedule

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Planet in Focus Film Festival (Oct 14-18, 2020)

A FREE Program of international and Canadian short films curated especially for young people.
https://planetinfocus.org/film-fest/family-day/

 

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Reelworld Film Festival (Oct 14-19, 2020)

https://www.reelworld.ca/2020-program-guide

Workman Arts Rendezvous With Madness

Rendezvous With Madness (Oct 15-25, 2020)

Quarantine Blues: Workman Arts Member Films > October 13-27, 2020 (free, worldwide)

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imagineNATIVE Film Festival (Oct 20-25, 2020)

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Thursday, October 22, 10:00 AM Release, available until Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM
Thursday, October 22, 2:00 PM EST: Feature Focus and Live Q&A with director Loretta Todd

Director/Producer: Loretta Todd (Cree/Métis)
Canada | 2020 | 103 min | English | Dramatic Feature

Determined to outrun her powers, Lisa Hill leaves her Haisla village of Kitamaat for the city and a life of partying—until her dead cousin’s plea sends her home. Lisa returns to her parents’ home where she is confronted by a long-ignored but powerful connection to the supernatural world that surrounds her.

Link coming soon.

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Nov 12-19, 2020)

Wee Asian

Free programming dedicated to sparking joy, creativity, and fun for little ones and families to enjoy together. Engage in live & pre-recorded arts activities plus watch a shorts programme including:

Test Flight | Emma Momoko Frew | Canada, 2020 | 3 min
A bunny witch can’t seem to get her vegetable-themed broomstick to fly.

First Born | Justin Bruce Lee | USA, 2020 | 3 min
Arthur feels pressure to prove himself to his father at a martial arts competition.

Isle of Chair | Ivyy Chen | Taiwan/UK, 2020 | 6 min
What happens when a chair falls on a secluded island…

Beyond the Line | Jinuk Choi | South Korea/USA, 2020 | 3 min
A wheelchair races against other toys in the hospital hallway at night.

Felt Love | Angeline Vu, Arlene Bongco | USA, 2020 | 6 min
A touching story about the love between a mother and son.

Yuwol: The Boy Who Made The World Dance | 유월 | Beff | South Korea, 2020 | 25 min
Tap along with Yuwol as he inspires (or infects) others to dance.

Regent Park Film Festival (November 26-29, 2020)

Program information Coming Soon

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Hindsight: A National Film Board of Canada retrospective

Hindsight: A National Film Board of Canada retrospective

  • Streaming for free on VUCAVU (vucavu.com) from October 13-27
  • Virtual panel - This panel is pre-recorded and available for free on the same webpage as the films

Streaming of this film and virtual panel is available to viewers worldwide.

ACCESSIBILITY

ASL Interpreted, Open Captions, Active Listener

Various artists / 110 min

Film is a storytelling format that can splice directly into a person’s awareness of something. Yet in hindsight, when has the medium showcased the sensitive and nuanced topics of mental health and/or addiction?

Hindsight is a short film retrospective that traverses the topic of mental health and addiction within the National Film Board’s extensive archive. This co-presented program looks back almost seventy years to dynamically highlight a spectrum of stories and filmmaking techniques. Films sampled from the archive include Breakdown (1951), a fictitious film about a seemingly well-adjusted young woman who’s schizophrenic episode has landed her in a modern mental hospital. The Agony of Jimmy Quinlan (1978), a portrait documentary depicting the life of Jimmy Quinlan, one of an estimated 5000men who struggled with addiction in the alleys of late 1970s Montreal. Street Kids (1985), a succession of montaged black and white photographs voiced over to reveal a glance into juvenile prostitution. Nowhere Land (2015), a documentary narrated by Inuit Bonnie Ammaaq and her family tells their faint memories of attempting to live while the government-manufactured community of Igloolik becomes an elegy for Indigenous displacement and mental health. XO RAD MAGIQUE (2019) is an animated video work both psychedelic and hypnotic in nature, that takes you on an abstract journey living with schizophrenia in daily life.

THANKS TO THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF NFB

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Accompanying this NFB retrospective is a pre-recorded video interview with local Toronto artists Katelyn Gallucci, Greg Mccarthy and Derek Coulombe. In conversation, the artists will discuss the activity of looking back. How do the films bring up feelings of hindsight? How do we navigate these feelings? Why do we as artists sample from archives? Why is it important to create discussions around archival material?