The Pitch (October 30-November 5)

Jason Asbell
October 27, 2021
A way out west there was a fella, fella I want to tell you about, fella by the name of Jason Asbell. I only mention it 'cause some- times there's a man--I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about Jason here-- sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n place, he fits right in there--and that's Jason, the Programming Director of The Civic Theatre. . . sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough.

Aside from the held-over-by-popular-demand screenings of Dune playing Fri-Sun & Tues, Oct 29 - Nov 2, I’m super excited that we get to bring Tracey Deer’s debut Canadian Screen Award Best Picture and VIFF 2020’s Best Canadian Feature Award, Beans to The Civic Screen.
Inspired by her own childhood, writer-director Tracey Deer’s debut feature tells the story of a young Mohawk girl in Kanehsatà:ke amidst the 1990 Oka Crisis. A refreshing look at the lives of Indigenous youth and families that’s told with heartbreaking honesty, the film brings awareness to the oppression and discrimination Indigenous people continue to face 30 years later.

While the ongoing standoff forces her to grow up faster than she deserves, 12-year-old Beans (Kiawentiio, in a phenomenal performance) is bright and brave as she cares for her younger sister and discovers herself and her place in the community. Timely and touching, Beans is a powerful reminder of the resilience, beauty, and love Indigenous communities hold.” ~ Saharla Ugas, TIFF Next Wave Committee
‘Beans’ plays on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 3 & 4th at 7pm.

And extra exciting, given the subject matter of ‘Beans’, we will be extending our Truth and Reconciliation series by an extra week and screening another amazing and powerful documentary by one of the most acclaimed Indigenous directors in the world, Alanis Obomsawin. Following up on our screening of, ‘Incident at Restigouche’, about the Quebec Provincial Police raid on the Mi’kmaq’s Restigouche reservation, we will be screening Obomsawin’s 1993 landmark documentary on the Oka crisis, ‘Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance’.
“In July 1990, a dispute over a proposed golf course to be built on Kanien’kéhaka (Mohawk) lands in Oka, Quebec, set the stage for a historic confrontation that would grab international headlines and sear itself into the Canadian consciousness. Director Alanis Obomsawin—at times with a small crew, at times alone—spent 78 days behind Kanien’kéhaka lines filming the armed standoff between protestors, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. Released in 1993, this landmark documentary has been seen around the world, winning over a dozen international awards and making history at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it became the first documentary ever to win the Best Canadian Feature award. Jesse Wente, Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, has called it a “watershed film in the history of First Peoples cinema.” ~ NFB
Set the stage for ‘Beans’ with this amazing doc screening at The Civic on the Friday prior, Oct. 29th at 4pm.

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