IAS Film Series 2022-2023

The film series marks its thirty-ninth year this season. All films have been shown free of charge in Wolfensohn Hall and are open to the Institute Community.

The next film is on:
Wednesday, November 30 at 4:30 pm
Monkey Beach (Loretta Todd : Kitamaat, British Columbia, Canada, 2020)

Loretta Todd's 2020 film Monkey Beach is an adaptation of the prize-winning novel by Haisla and Heiltsuk writer Eden Robinson. Filmed on location in Kitamaat, the home of the Haisla people, located far north of Vancouver, Monkey Beach opens with slow panoramic vistas of the land and sea, establishing the land itself as one of the main characters. The film follows Lisamarie (Grace Dove), who leaves Kitamaat for Vancouver in part to escape the ghosts and shapeshifters she has encountered since childhood. Returning to Kitamaat after experiencing disturbing premonitions about her brother Jimmy (Joel Oulette), Lisamarie confronts her own past as well as that of her community: this includes the devastating impact of residential schools on her family, including her beloved Uncle Mick (Adam Beach). Monkey Beach is a film about relationships -- human and animal, present and past, material and spiritual -- that offers a vivid glimpse of Haisla lifeways and traditions.
Podcasts about the book, the second features Loretta Todd.

Past screenings:
Thursday, October 20, 2022, 7 pm
Jeffrey Gould : 2017)

During the late 1970s, the 1500 organized workers of Puerto el Triunfo, El Salvador—mostly women—thanks to their struggles and the importance of shrimp exports were amongst the more privileged laborers in the country. Then, in 1980 and 1981 state repression eliminated union leaders or drove them into exile. The ensuing civil war that claimed 75,000 lives largely spared the port, yet it did suffer internecine union conflict between the packinghouse workers and the male fishermen.  
In 1987, the fishermen’s union launched one of the longest strikes in the history of the world labor movement. The collapse of the strike in 1991 coincided with the demise of the largest shrimp company in Central America. Port Triumph puts a human face on the impersonal forces of tropical de-industrialization and the rise of neoliberalism in the region.

This film runs 1 hour and 2 minutes. There will be Q&A with Jeffrey Gould following the film.

These events are free and open to the Institute community. Please note that food is not allowed in Wolfensohn Hall.