ALFF Program

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ALFF 2021 Online

ALFF 2021 Online

Friday, February 5 — 12:01 AM

ALFF Online presents 35 features, 30+ shorts, artist talks, and events and offers you 18 whole days to enjoy. All films on ALFF Online will be available for viewers in Yukon and Northwest Territories.

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ALFF 2021 Opening Film: Beans

ALFF 2021 Opening Film: Beans

Friday, February 5 — 5:45 PM

Sold Out Twelve-year-old Beans is on the edge: torn between innocent childhood and reckless adolescence; forced to grow up fast and become the tough Mohawk warrior she needs to be during the Oka Crisis, the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 tense days in the summer of 1990. This event will be followed by a live, moderated virtual Q&A with the writer, director; Tracey Deer.

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Available Light Cabaret: Jeremy Parkin

Friday, February 5 — 5:45 PM

A live set featuring Jeremy Parkin, a music producer from the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. This event is free.

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Audrey's Story

Audrey's Story

Saturday, February 6 — 4:00 PM

Indigenous Short Films and Open Air Cinema at KDCC

This short doc honours the life of Audrey Anderson, while revealing the injustices of a flawed judicial system. 

For forty-seven years, Audrey’s family wondered about the circumstances of her death and the rigour of the investigation by Ontario Provincial Police and…

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Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Spirit Bear and Children Make History

Saturday, February 6 — 6:30 PM

Indigenous Short Films and Open Air Cinema at KDCC

Spirit Bear and Children Make History is a gorgeous short animation by Michif filmmaker Amanda Strong, in partnership with Gitxsan child rights activist Cindy Blackstock that tells the true story of a landmark human rights case for First Nations children, known as…

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Available Light Video Art Crawl

Sunday, February 7 — 12:01 AM

Featuring the work of four media artists, Available Light is partnering with local businesses in Downtown Whitehorse to take over their store windows for a video art crawl. Visit all the stores in one day, or space them out over the week.

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Indigenous Short Films

Indigenous Short Films

Sunday, February 7 — 3:00 PM

In-cinema tickets on sale January 7 INDIGENOUS SHORT FILM PROGRAM: SPIRIT, HEART, MIND, BODY: A cinematic exploration of the medicine wheel, celebrating Indigenous connections to earth and spirit world, family love, politics, and movement - spanning across Turtle Island, Greenland, Aotearoa, and Sápmi. Main themes include survival tactics, reclamation, and renewal.

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The Arctics + King Covid

The Arctics + King Covid

Sunday, February 7 — 5:30 PM

In-Cinema Tickets on sale January 7 A never before seen look at the history and impacts of the Arctic Winter Games that celebrates the spirit of sport across the circumpolar North focusing on its power to inspire Northern athletes. Screens with King Covid

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The New Corporation

The New Corporation

Sunday, February 7 — 8:00 PM

Tickets on sale January 7 The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel reveals how the corporate takeover of society is being justified by the sly rebranding of corporations as socially conscious entities.

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The Pencil

The Pencil

Wednesday, February 10 — 5:30 PM

Antonina, a smart and forceful artist (the radiant Nadezhda Gorelova), finds herself in a northern town in the taiga, home to a massive pencil-making factory, after her artist/activist husband, Sergei (Vladimir Mishukov), is imprisoned there. Cold, beautiful, Russian realism from a female perspective.

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The Painter and the Thief

The Painter and the Thief

Wednesday, February 10 — 8:15 PM

You'll want to catch this documentary named to countless 'Best of' 2020 lists in the cinema. Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.

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My Salinger Year

My Salinger Year

Thursday, February 11 — 5:30 PM

In New York City in the 1990s, Joanna (Margaret Qualley) is a young aspiring writer who lands a day job at J.D. Salinger’s literary agency. While her eccentric, old-fashioned boss Margaret (Sigourney Weaver) assigns her to answer Salinger’s voluminous fan mail, Joanna struggles to find her own voice. From the director of Monsieur Lazhar and My Internship in Canada.

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499

499

Thursday, February 11 — 8:30 PM

Five centuries since Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire, director Rodrigo Reyes brings to the screen one of the most powerful examinations of the systemic effects of colonialism in Mexico. Blending fictionalized elements with documentary, 499 follows a conquistador who embarks on a journey to retrace the destructive route the Spanish army took through Mexico.

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My Donkey, My Lover and I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)

My Donkey, My Lover and I (Antoinette dans les Cévennes)

Friday, February 12 — 6:00 PM

The "I" in this smart and funny film is Antoinette (Laure Calamy), an elementary school teacher, passionately involved with the (married) father of one of her students… When her lover cancels their plans for a romantic tryst to vacation with his wife on a multi-day hike in the footsteps of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pioneering memoir “Travels With a Donkey” in the Cevennes, Antoinette makes a rash decision: she will make her own way to the mountains and surprise him on the trail. What could possibly go wrong? In French with English subtitles.

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Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan

Friday, February 12 — 8:45 PM

Crock of Gold dives into the history of the Irish diaspora in London and the life of the tortured Irish vocalist, best known as the lead singer and songwriter of the Pogues, who famously combined traditional Irish music and literature with the visceral energy of punk rock. From the director of The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle and Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten.

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Available Light Curator Talk

Saturday, February 13 — 12:00 PM

Join the ALFF Media Art curators, Rebecca Manias and Katie Newman, and featured artists for a talk and Q&A about this year’s three media art installations: Open Air Cinema, The Video Art Crawl, and the Community Gallery Installation.   This event is free.

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The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

Saturday, February 13 — 3:00 PM

In 2007, Naoki Higashida, a non-speaking autistic 13-year-old in Japan, released the bestselling memoir “The Reason I Jump.” Taking this ground-breaking first-person account of a child’s experience of autism as his guide, award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell dramatizes Higashida’s prose via an alter ego who shares what is in his mind and insights into his behaviour.

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The Truffle Hunters

The Truffle Hunters

Saturday, February 13 — 5:30 PM

Deep in the forests of Northern Italy resides the prized white Alba truffle. Desired by the wealthiest patrons in the world, it remains a pungent but rarified mystery. It cannot be cultivated or found, even by the most resourceful of modern excavators. The only souls on Earth who know how to dig it up are a tiny circle of canines and their silver-haired human companions—Italian elders with walking sticks and devilish senses of humor—who only scour for the truffle at night so as not to leave any clues for others.

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Monkey Beach

Monkey Beach

Saturday, February 13 — 8:00 PM

Waking up in her East Van apartment nursing another hangover, Lisa (Grace Dove) is served notice by her cousin’s ghost (Sera-Lys McArthur), "Your family needs you." Reunited with her Haisla kin in Kitamaat Village, she realizes that she’s meant to save her brother (Joel Oulette) from a tragic fate she’s foreseen since childhood. And so begins a captivating allegory about learning to coexist with both the ghosts that haunt us and spirits who might enlighten us.

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Stray

Stray

Sunday, February 14 — 1:00 PM

Mesmerizing family-friendly documentary that explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three stray dogs as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life — and their own canine culture. Screens with a short documentary about a musician who empathized with a grieving killer whale in captivity by improvising music poolside with his flute: A Song for Haida.

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Keyboard Fantasies

Keyboard Fantasies

Sunday, February 14 — 3:30 PM

Half aural-visual history, half DIY European tour-video, this charmed documentary provides a vehicle for Canadian-American musician and newly appointed queer elder, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, to connect with youth across the globe.

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First We Eat

First We Eat

Sunday, February 14 — 5:45 PM

In-cinema tickets on sale January 7 Putting food security and her family to the test in the far North of Canada – filmmaker Suzanne Crocker removes absolutely all grocery store food from her house. For one year, she feeds her family of five, only food that can be hunted, fished, gathered, grown or raised around Dawson City, Yukon.

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Available Light Cabaret: Joey O'Neil

Monday, February 15 — 8:00 PM

From Joey’s Klondike cabin wafts folk-country Canadiana and woodsmoke. Making the yearly schlep between her Yukon and Ontarian homes with canine sidekick, Oblio, she's shared Canadian stages with the likes of Julie Doiron, Basia Bulat, and Jennifer Castle. This event is free.

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