Nov 5: Program 9: Uneasy Lies The Head: Two Documentaries
(Documentary Feature, Short) The weight of responsibility and the consequence of action/inaction fall heavily on the subjects of the two Canadian documentaries featured here. In Ashley Duong’s A Time To Swim, Mutang Urud, a stay-at-home-dad in Montreal and former activist for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak in Borneo, returns home for the first time since his exile in 1992. When he discovers his relatives and other villagers now welcome the timber companies, against the will of the village elders, he can’t resist taking up his old cause—in spite of the lingering threat of a Malaysian arrest warrant. A VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee.
Preceded by the short documentary Anastasia Lin: The Crown from Kacey Cox, chronicling the high personal and professional cost of international notoriety faced by China-born actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin, after winning the title of Miss World Canada 2015. A VAFF Best Canadian Short Award nominee.
Admission to VAFF screenings is limited to those over 18 years of age holding a valid VAFF membership card. Note: The feature film “A Time To Swim” has been classified “PG” (Scene of animal slaughter; violence; nudity) by Consumer Protection BC.
Co-Presented with Community Partners:
Ashley Duong / November 5 / Canada / 2017 / Environmental / 82 minsIn the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang Urud is a stay-at-home dad. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. When Mutang returns home for the first time since his exile in 1992, despite the threat of a lingering arrest warrant, Mutang can't resist taking up his old cause. A VAFF Best Canadian Feature Award nominee. Note: This film is classified "PG" (Scene of animal slaughter, violence, nudity) by Consumer Protection BC.
Kacey Cox / November 5 / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 20 minsAfter being crowned Miss World Canada 2015, China-born actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin discovers that local authorities have threatened her father in an effort to silence her criticisms of the Chinese government.