July 1 – July 7 | nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up
July 8 – July 14 |El Toro
July 15 – July 21 | I Am Not Your Negro
July 20 | Manitoba Movie Night: Kubasa in a Glass
When Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends, the Cree man’s death captured international attention. Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.
Romance and tragedy bind eight siblings who work with their parents at their family-run truck stop diner deep in the entrails of 1960’s industrial Saint-Boniface. El Toro no longer exists between the old Canada Packers and the Union Stock Yards but does very much so in the minds of the surviving DeGagné brood. The film El Toro rebuilds the walls, stools, and atmosphere of the restaurant, recreating a surreal, rich, and imaginative world, evoking a lost time and place through the lens of memory, nostalgia and love. And yes, animals were consumed, filmed, drawn, and animated in this hybrid documentary.
When famed American novelist James Baldwin died in 1987, he left behind an unfinished manuscript. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmmaker Raoul Peck masterfully re-envisions this incomplete novel, transforming it into an incendiary new documentary that manages to be poetic yet political, subversive yet accessible, provocative yet reaffirming. I Am Not Your Negro goes far beyond recounting historical civil rights movements or documenting current Black Lives Matter campaigns, it is a groundbreaking rallying call for social justice and civil rights in America and beyond. As James Baldwin so eloquently says in the film, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Kubasa in a Glass is a hilarious pastiche of Winnipegs commercial and public access programming throughout the 80s, rescued from the trash by members of the former-Winnipeg filmmaking collective Atelier National du Manitoba