WHITE ROCK – Film series are launched for the fall/winter season on two fronts this week.
Semiahmoo Arts’ Get Reel series returns to White Rock Community Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 25 with a screening of Midnight’s Children.
Elsewhere, White Rock Social Justice Film Society gets going with its fall series on Friday, Sept. 27, starting with The Economics of Happiness.
The fall lineup for the Get Reel series includes three Canadian films, all with international settings and all from the recent edition of Toronto International Film Festival.
Get Reel series events are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, starting at 7 p.m. at 15154 Russell Ave., White Rock.
Midnight’s Children, a film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, is based on the Booker Prize-winning novel by Salman Rushdie. The script follows a pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, as they grow up in a country nothing like the one of their parents’ generation. On Sept. 25, guest speaker Summer Pervez will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion. Pervez is a Surrey-based filmmaker and instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Tickets are $10 for members of Semiahmoo Arts and $11 for everyone else. Call 604-541-2199 for more details.
Other titles in the Get Reel series this fall include Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (on Oct. 30) and Rebelle/War Witch (Nov. 27).
Meanwhile, White Rock Social Justice Film Society hosts monthly screenings at First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave., White Rock. Admission is by donation.
The group’s first film of the fall, The Economics of Happiness, describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power, while on the other, people around the world are resisting those policies. The film focuses on communities that are coming together to rebuild more human-scale, ecological economies based on localization.
Other films for the group this fall and winter include Water on the Table (Oct. 25), Do The Math (Nov. 29) and Bidder 70 (Jan. 21). Series details are posted online at www.whiterocksocialjusticefilmfestival.ca.
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