Still from Evolution of Organic

VIFF evolving by involving

Photo: still from Evolution of Organic courtesy of Vancouver International Film Festival. by Robert Alstead How to stay relevant in the internet age? It’s a … Read more

More at VIFF

From Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary Human. Photo courtesy of Showing October 10 (VIFF at the Centre) and October 12 (Vancouver Playhouse).

mesmerizing and unconventional

by Robert Alstead

• Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, by local filmmaker Nettie Wild, takes a fresh, even-handed approach to a heated subject: resource development in BC’s Northwest wilderness. The hereditary land of the Tahltan First Nation has been dubbed the “Serengeti of the North.” Now, the land is being opened up to mining companies for its rich gold and copper resources. Wild’s approach allows many individuals to share their different knowledge and experience of the area – whether it be the geologist’s expertise on rock formations or the aboriginal student sharing his disappearing dialect – and builds a mosaic of impressions.

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State of surveillance

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • The gulf between what the US government says it is doing and what it is probably doing has … Read more

Antarctica’s golden years

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Director Mike Leigh is a British institution, producing subtle, sensitive films that run deep, such as the 1996 … Read more

The fest goes on

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • These may be uncertain times for cinema, but the Vancouver International Film Festival ended last month on a … Read more

VIFF reviews

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Among the documentary fare at VIFF this month is Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story. It … Read more

Welcome back VIFF

The first Vancouver International Film Festival under its new boss Jacqueline Dupuis opens September 25 and runs until October 10. A former executive director at … Read more

Blisters and bonhomie

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Next month it will be 20 years since I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the medieval … Read more

Rites of passage

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Last month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his approval for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. After years of government hard-sell … Read more

The best of flicks and docs

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Under normal circumstances, a tournament as big as the World Cup must be a big drain on summer … Read more