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The Ghosts in Our Machine – September 22 Free Documentary Screening

Friday, September 22 at 7:30 PM
Eastminster United Church
310 Danforth Avenue
Near Chester subway station
Entrance on Jackman Ave.

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE is a multi-award winning consciousness raising documentary that gently reveals one of the most haunting moral dilemmas of our modern world. The film illuminates the plight of animals living within the machine of our contemporary society, from captive foxes to rescued dairy cows.

Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs this visually arresting documentary through the heart and lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: Food; Fashion; Entertainment and Biomedical Research. The Ghosts in Our Machine charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid.

Followed by a discussion with:
Liz Marshall, writer, director, producer
Jo-Anne McArthur, main subject / photographer
Nina Beveridge, producer
Lorena Elke, researcher

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Director: Liz Marshall
Runtime: 1h 33m
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Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Colonization Road – documentary screening June 16

Friday, June 16 – 7:30 pm
Urban Indigenous Education Centre
(on the site of the former Eastern Commerce Collegiate)
16 Phin Avenue (one block south of the Donlands Subway Station)

In towns throughout Ontario, there are startling reminders of the colonization of Indigenous territories and the displacement of First Nations people.

Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon takes us to his hometown of Fort Frances and down its main drag, which is called Colonization Road. Similar streets have similar names in towns and cities across the province, direct reminders of the Public Lands Act of 1853 and its severe impact on First Nations, their treaties and their land in the name of “Canadian settlement.” On his journey through Ontario, McMahon explores the history of these roads, meets with settlers in solidarity and raises significant questions about “reconciliation” and what it means to “decolonize.”

Welcome by Tasha Smith, Aboriginal Education Centre
Followed by a discussion with:
Michelle St. John, Filmmaker

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The Hand That Feeds – March 18 Documentary Screening

Friday, March 18 – 7:30 pm
St. David’s Anglican Church
49 Donlands Avenue

This engaging documentary follows the staff of a New York pizza franchise as they attempt to unionize while fighting management abuses. A gripping and suspenseful plot becomes heart-warming in its depiction of workers uniting for a common cause. The directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick display the struggle of the workers (many were undocumented immigrants) and the labor rights lawyers who aid them, and widen their perspective to consider economic injustice throughout the service industry.

Followed by a discussion on immigrant’s rights and advocating for a living wage.

Directed by Robin Blotnick & Rachel Lears / US / 2014
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1 hr 25 min (85 min)
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Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “Highway of Tears” on March 27

Highway of Tears chronicles the notorious, decades-long string of murders and disappearances of young Indigenous women along British Columbia’s Highway 16.

The film explores how this systemic violence is linked to the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, and high unemployment rates on First Nations reserves.

Since the late 1960s, at least 18 young women — many of them from disadvantaged First Nations communities — have disappeared or been found murdered along the 724-kilometre stretch of Highway 16 in northern British Columbia. None of these cold cases were ever solved until 2012, when a special RCMP investigation was able to link DNA from one of the murder victims to deceased US criminal Bobby Jack Fowler; but this single answer has done little to heal the wounds of Aboriginal communities who have seen dozens of their young women vanish along the “Highway of Tears,” victims not only of murderous predators but of the systemic racism of a federal government that keeps them trapped on impoverished reservations and, as critics charge, evinced little interest in apprehending their killers.

Narrated by Nathan Fillion, Highway of Tears not only movingly relates the personal stories of the victims and their families, but investigates how the legacy of generational poverty, high unemployment and endemic violence in their communities contributed to their tragic fates — and how contemporary First Nations leaders are striving to cure those ills.

March 27, 2015
7:30 pm

Metropolitian Community Church of Toronto
115 Simpson Ave
In Riverdale, one block north of Gerrard, one block west of Logan

Followed by a discussion with:

Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic, formerly Women’s Affairs Critic

Darlene King, Literacy Coordinator,The Native Women’’s Resource Centre of Toronto

Matt Smiley, Director of Highway of Tears

Hosted and Moderated by

Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth

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Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “DISRUPTION” on Feb. 27

“When it comes to climate change,
why do we do so little when we know so much?”

Join us for a free screening of the doc DISRUPTION, an unflinching look at the consequences of our inaction on climate change. Followed by a discussion with Vanessa Gray—an Anishinaabe kwe land defender—and MPP Peter Tabuns, moderated by MP Craig Scott.

February 27, 2015
7:30pm

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
415 Broadview Ave (at Simpson) Continue reading Cinema Politica Danforth Presents “DISRUPTION” on Feb. 27

Cinema Politica Presents “Defensora” on Jan. 31

Defensora is a deeply moving testimony to incredible courage in the face of wanton brutality and a shining tribute to the human search for justice.
– Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians

Followed by a discussion with: Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the Mayan Plaintiffs and Craig Scott, Member of Parliament for Toronto Danforth.

Saturday, January 31 – 7:30pm
Walter Stewart Public Library
170 Memorial Park Avenue
Directions: (1 block north of Mortimer Ave., 2 blocks west of Coxwell Ave)
Closest major intersection Coxwell Ave. and Mortimer Ave.
Public Transit – TTC O’Connor bus northbound from Coxwell subway station.

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

About the Filmdefensora-300w

Director Keendersen
Production Company 6kidsProductions and Girl Edge Films
USA | Guatemala | Canada / 2013

DEFENSORA documents the historic and on-going land and community defense struggles of Mayan Q’eqchi communities in eastern Guatemala, and their struggle for justice and remedy in Canadian courts against the nickel mining company Hudbay Minerals.

Defensora follows the story of sisters Maria and Angelica Choc, who lead a Mayan Q’eqchi resistance in Guatemala to reclaim ancestral lands and seek justice in Canada for the murder of Angelica’s husband, the shooting-paralyzing of German Choc Chub and the gang rapes of 11 Mayan women. Set along the shores of Lake Izabal, where tensions run high against a backdrop and history of violence, intimidation and forced evictions, the stakes are high for the Mayan Q’eqchi people who risk their lives to protect their lands, speak the truth and seek justice in Canadian courts, and for Hudbay Minerals that continues to deny their allegations.

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Cinema Politica Presents “Cowspiracy” on Dec. 5

COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET may be the most important film made to inspire saving the planet.
­ — Louie Psihoyos, Oscar-Winning Director of “The Cove”

Followed by a discussion with: Dr. Tushar Mehta — Physician and environmental activist.

Friday, Dec 5 – 7:30pm
Ralph Thornton Community Centre
765 Queen St East, Toronto

Screening is FREE but donations will be gratefully accepted.

About the Film

Director Keegan Kuhn & Kip Andersen
Production Company A.U.M. Films and First Spark Media – US / 2014 / 85 minutes

COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET is a groundbreaking feature-length
environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers
the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s
leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution,
is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a
primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion,
ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost
entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet
humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

Links & Reviews

Official Site
The Examiner
Chic Vegan
Chris Hedges – Saving the Planet One Meal at a Time

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Cinema Politica Presents “Poor No More” in Phin Park

Thursday, September 18, 2014
8 – 10 PM
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– Exposes why times are so tough and searches for a way out

Followed by a discussion with:
Linda McQuaig, Journalist and best-selling co-author of The Trouble with Billionaires
Natalie Mehra, Director of the Ontario Health Coalition
Chaired by: David Langille, Executive Producer, Poor No More

Phin Park – 115 Condor Ave., Riverdale, Toronto
from Donlands subway station head south (two blocks) – take Euston Ave. then follow the path past Eastern Collegiate.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join Cinema Politica Toronto-Danforth for a thought-provoking movie.

Sponsored by:
THE ONTARIO HEALTH COALITION
THE POCKET COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
CINEMA POLITICA DANFORTH

Admission this outdoor screening is FREE but donations will be solicited for the Ontario Health Coalition.

About the Film
We were always told, “If you work hard, things will get better.” But many hard-working Canadians have only seen things get worse. Corporate profits soared, but only the rich got richer. The recession took away more jobs and piled up more debt, leaving more people poor or insecure.

Poor No More offers solutions to Canada’s working poor. The film takes three Canadians to a world where people do not have to beg, where housing is affordable and university education is free. They ask themselves: if other countries can do this, why don’t we?

Hosted by TV and film star Mary Walsh, Poor No More offers an engaging look at Canadians stuck in low paying jobs with no security and no future. Mary then takes us on a journey to
Ireland and Sweden so we can see how these countries have tackled poverty while strengthening their economies. It offers hope to those who have to work two jobs a day and to those who can’t find work.

Poor No More explains the roots of the economic crisis, its impact on Canadians, and what can be done about it. It is designed to build public support for a real reduction in poverty.

Reviews
Toronto Star – Linda McQuaig
Toronto Star – Carol Goar
CBC News
rabble.ca
Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada
Cinema Politica
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Cinema Politica Presents “People of a Feather”

Sunday, June 1, 2014
7:30 PM
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Featuring stunning footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of the Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Canada’s Hudson Bay. Connecting past, present and future is a unique relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters.

Traditional life is juxtaposed with modern challenges as both Inuit and eiders confront changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering New York and eastern North America. Inspired by Inuit ingenuity and the technology of a simple feather, the film is a call to action to implement energy solutions that work with nature.

Post-film discussion on aboriginal rights and issues in Canada. Guest speakers will be announced closer to the date.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
7:30pm at The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East
(just east of Greenwood)

This film screening is free or pay-what-you-can.
Donations are welcomed to help pay for screening rights, venue and a/v technicians.

Cinema Politica Presents “The House I Live In”

Sunday, April 6, 2014
07:30 PM

The Centre of Gravity
1300 Gerrard St. East (just east of Greenwood)
Cinema Politica Danforth – A project of the Toronto-Danforth NDP

The House I Llve InSynopsis

As America remains embroiled in overseas conflict, a less visible war is taking place at home, costing countless lives, destroying families, and inflicting untold damage on future generations of Americans. For over forty years, the War on Drugs has accounted for 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever before.

Filmed in more than twenty states and shortlisted for the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary, The House I Live In captures a definitive and heart-wrenching portrait of individuals at all levels of America’s War on Drugs. From the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge, the film offers a penetrating look inside America’s longest war, revealing its profound human rights implications.

Post-film discussion

Chaired by Steve Solomon, Court Liaison with Drug Treatment Court and Co-Chair of the Toronto-Danforth NDP Policy and Activism Committee.

Discussion panelists will be Dan Werb, a research scientist and policy analyst in drug policy, HIV and addictions, Laura Day, a social worker in the Toronto Drug Treatment Court at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and David Lucas, an addiction therapist for the Toronto Drug Treatment Court at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

This film screening is free or pay-what-you-can.