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After a resounding success with last year's Canada 150 program, we are proud to present ReaRView 2018, an examination of Age and Happiness and Art as Social Change through the lens of carefully curated vintage documentaries from around the world.

Age and Happiness: Happiness is a state of well-being that encompasses living a good life. But what is a "good life" and does it vary with age and circumstances? Are there objective measures for happiness? Join ReaRView 2018 to explore these questions with first-rate documentaries from renowned directors spanning diverse cultures and societies.

Art as Social Change: It is said that science produces while art seduces-an aphorism more wrong than right. Whether personal or public, intense or casual, art can inspire great emotion and fuel breathtaking change. How does something so ephemeral galvanize societies? Attend ReaRView 2018 to find out. Combining topical and timeless documentaries from 1935 to 2015, ReaRView presents a unique opportunity to rediscover art as a force for change.


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APRIL 21 & 22, 2018   The LOFT, 201 Division St., Cobourg

* Films are subject to change.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

10:00am – 12:00pm   Art As Social Change and Age & Happiness  (Admission: free)

1.  Making Movie History: Dorothy Todd Hénaut (Joanne Robertson, 2014, 5m)
Dorothy Todd Hénaut describes her arrival at the NFB and her work on the ground-breaking Challenge For Change community filmmaking program

2.  Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? A History of Canadian Movies 1939-1953 (John Kramer, 1979, 85m)
A history of film in Canada, emphasizing the importance of documentaries as propaganda during the Second World War.  Includes a segment on how the NFB used Hitler’s Triumph of the Will (see Saturday at 7:00 pm) to Canada’s own advantage and galvanized social change to support the war effort.

3.  Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows (Diane Beaudry, 1976, 10m)happy150
Emerging from her youth crippled with arthritis, Lewis escaped into her painting at the age of 30. She had never seen a work of art and had never attended an art class but her paintings captured the simple strength, beauty and happiness of the world she saw - a world without shadows.

4.  Mabel (Teresa MacInnes, 2015, 20m)
Feisty, fiercely independent and firmly rooted in place, 90 year-old Mabel Robinson broke barriers back in the 40s when she became the first woman in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, to launch her own business—a hairdressing salon where she still provides shampoo-n-sets over 70 years later.

1:00pm – 3:00pm     Art As Social Change (Admission: $10)

1.  Debris (John Bolton, 2015, 14m)AiWeiWeiNeverSorry
Portrait of Tofino, BC intertidal artist Pete Clarkson as he crafts his most ambitious and personal project to date: a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami.

2.  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (Alison Klayman, 2012, 91m)
This documentary chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

4:00pm – 6:00pm   Age & Happiness (Admission: $10)Happy110

1.  Happy  (Roko Belic, 2011, 76m)
Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

2.  Shameless: the art of disability  (Bonnie Sherr Klein, 2006, 48m)SHAMELESS110
Tracks a motley gang of five disabled artists while they create and then present their self-representations. As we get to know each of these remarkable people driven by a passion for art and transformation, the everyday complexities and unexpected richness of life with a disability are exposed.

7:00pm – 9:00pm      Art As Social Change (Admission: $10)

Churchill Island1.  Churchill’s Island  (Stuart Legg, 1941, 21m)
Winning the NFB its first Oscar® this documentary shamelessly raises morale while informing Canadians on the progress of the War.  Narrated by Lorne Greene.

2.  Triumph of the Will  (Leni Riefenstahl, 1935, 110m)triumph of the will
A phenomenally artful, artistic and influential documentary designed as naked propaganda to manufacture a new (hateful) society during Hitler’s 1930 Germany.  The National Film Board cleverly used scenes from this film in 1942 to galvanize social change in Canada and support the war effort (see Has Anybody Here Seen Canada on ReaRView’s Saturday morning program).

Sunday, April 22, 2018

10:00am - 12:00pm Age & Happiness and Art As Social Change (Admission: free)

1. Age Is No Barier (Frances Danberger, 1989, 24m)
A group of seniors called the "U of Agers" who meet twice a week to do gymnastics see themselves as "ordinary" people trying to do "extraordinary" things and hope to inspire others to excel at whatever makes them happy.

2. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (Pepita Ferrari, 2008, 97m)
Thirty-three leading documentarians, from cinéma-vérité pioneers like Albert Maysles and Michel Brault to mavericks like Errol Morris and Nick Broomfield, explore the challenges of capturing reality on film to make art that influences the world.

1:00pm – 3:00pm     Age & Happiness (Admission: $10)

1.  Hannah’s Story (Juanita Peters, 2007) 29m
At the age of 5, Hannah Taylor spotted her first homeless person in the back alleys of Winnipeg. The experience troubled her and she found happiness by changing the world.

2.  Maidentrip (Jillian Schlesinger, 2013, 82m) maidentrip
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world, alone.

 4:00pm – 6:00pm     Art As Social Change (Admission: $10)

1.  VTR St Jacques (Bonnie Sherr Klein, 1969, 26m)
A citizen's committee in a poor Montreal neighbourhood filmed people's concerns and then played back the tapes for the community. Upon recognizing their common problems, people began to talk about joint solutions. It proved an important and effective method of promoting social change.

2.  Spare Change (Laurie Gordon & Ryan Larkin, 2008, 7m)
An animated short that recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler.  Sadly Larkin passed away before the completion of the film.

3.  Manufactured Landscapes (Jennifer Baichwal, 2006, 86m)Manufactured Landscapes
Extending the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, this film meditates on planetary human impact without reaching simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. It shifts our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

7:00pm – 9:00pm      Age & Happiness (Admission: $10)

1.  Making Overtures: the making of a community orchestra (Larry Weinstein, 1984, 28m)
A small-town orchestra and choir (in Cobourg) are the focus of this loving and humorous portrait.  "Making Overtures" unveils the musician's passion for performance, their imaginative fund-raising methods and collective will to survive.  (Nominated for an Oscar®.)

buena vista social club2.  Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders, 1999, 105m)
Aging Cuban musicians whose talents had been virtually forgotten following Castro's takeover of Cuba, are brought out of retirement by Ry Cooder, who travelled to Havana in order to bring the musicians together, resulting in triumphant performances of extraordinary music, and resurrecting the musicians' careers.

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