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VIFF: Acorn & The Firestorm

VIFF: Acorn & The Firestorm

The Rio Theatre is proud to be one of the hosting venues for
The 36th Annual Vancouver International Film Festival
The festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 13, 2017
For VIFF Full schedule visit: viff.org
Tickets: Tickets will be available at the box office of each venue once the festival is up and running or online through https://viff.org/Online/viwiff-2017
Please note All Pre-Festival tickets are available at The Vancity Theatre
No Groupons or Rio passes are accepted for VIFF screenings
VIFF General Inquiries to info@viff.org
Box Office Helpline: 604.683.3456

Doors open half hour before doors


Impact | VIFF Impact

Once one of the most effective community organizing groups in America, ACORN was reduced to ashes by two conservatives posing as a pimp and a prostitute. This film charts a sad story: progressive activism met with rabid right-wing opposition, climaxing in a shady, manipulative sting operation. What emerges is a portrait of polarization: a country stuck in the divide between two opposing ideologies and a fractured media culture in which deception and demonization run rampant.

Key to this story is the rise of Breitbart Media. ACORN was a key target of the ultra-conservative noise machine, and nobody fought harder against it than the now-infamous media group. Driven by rage and a siege mentality, Breitbart rode a wave of outrage to national prominence. We can see the results today: alt-right activism gone mainstream and Donald Trump in the White House. This film will stoke anger in progressives, but directors Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard are no propagandists. Inquisitive and fair-minded, they paint a warts-and-all picture of ACORN and offer a balanced perspective on highly emotive issues. Informative, engaging and dramatic, this doc is essential viewing for anyone looking for clues to a political train wreck. How did an idiotic, bigoted incompetent win the presidency? Many of the answers are right here in this film.

Preceded By: American Psychosis

Director: Amanda Zackem / USA, 2016, 15 min.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges discusses modern-day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and living in a culture dominated by pervasive illusion. An incredibly succinct analysis of society on the edge of collapse from the writer of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and American Fascists, this is an illuminating and frightening view of the possible future in these trumped-up times.


The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

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Ran

Ran

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Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Brotherhood: A Life with St. Francis (‘Il sogno di Francesco’)

Italy, 1209, surrounded by convinced and devoted friends, Francis of Assisi seeks purity and innocence among the poor. The Church and Pope Innocent III don’t trust him and become very suspicious. The intrusion of the high authority will create divisions within the order. Francis is summoned by the Church to rewrite the founding text of… Continue Reading

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

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Silence

Silence

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Miss Hokusai

Miss Hokusai

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I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues

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The Amazing Nina Simone

The Amazing Nina Simone

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Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

“He was the most extraordinary man I ever knew.” The epic of all epics, British director David Lean‘s triumphant masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia nobly retains its status in the pantheon of cinema as one of, if not the greatest films ever made – and for good reason. Based on the life of English archaeologist, military… Continue Reading

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