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Females get top billing at National Canadian Film Day 2018

April 17, 2018 5:50 PM
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NCFD screening events happening nationwide Wednesday now number 850, including 100 in the GTA, and this year there’s a big emphasis on female filmmakers and stories told by Canadian women, now and in decades past.

“The Future is Female,” as the popular slogan goes, but the fifth edition of Reel Canada’s National Canadian Film Day is showing how that affirmation also applies to the past, too.

Free screening events happening nationwide Wednesday now number 850, including 100 in the GTA, and this year there’s a big emphasis on female filmmakers and stories told by Canadian women, now and in decades past.

NCFD is an annual event showcasing Canadian cinema, with screenings coast-to-coast in theatres, libraries, schools, public squares, legion halls, military bases and drive-ins. Highlights this year range from Patricia Rozema’s 1987 award-winner I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing to Aisling Walsh’s more recent Maudie, the champion at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards.

A hot ticket in Toronto is “Trailblazers: A Conversation with Deepa Mehta and Alanis Obomsawin,” a live event at 7:30 p.m. pairing two of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers for the first time. They’ll be speaking in the Al Green Theatre in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, moderated by Aliya Pabani, an artist, filmmaker, podcaster and host of The Imposter, Canadaland’s arts and culture podcast. (This is a not a free event: tickets are $15 general, $10 for students/youths/arts workers.)

“Deepa and Alanis are both Canadian women whose work has had a global impact,” said Sharon Corder, Reel Canada’s artistic director.

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Source: thestar.com

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