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Film Festival

NOVEMBER 13-18, 2018

The mandate of a film festival is usually very simple: present the best films available to a varied audience. But the annual Marda Loop Festival is more than just film. Screenings includes post-show discussions with local and international artists and experts, and opportunities to interact and connect with community, no matter how you define it.

Our full line-up is out now! You can download our schedule by clicking on the button below.

2018 Festival Line Up

November 13, 2018 - Tuesday

 
Bird of Prey

Bird of Prey

7:00 PM | PERFORMANCE HALL, NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY

What does it take to save the world’s largest and rarest eagle from extinction?

 

November 14, 2018 - Wednesday

 
What Walaa Wants

What Walaa Wants

7:00 PM | PLAZA THEATRE

Follow the story of Walaa, a girl who breaks all the rules, as she survives basic training to become one of the few women on the Palestinian Security Force.

 

November 15, 2018 - Thursday

 
Filmmakers Unite

Filmmakers Unite

7:00 PM | PERFORMANCE HALL, NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY

A collective of documentary, narrative, and experiential filmmakers share their response to the current threats to US democracy.

 

November 16, 2018 - Friday

Racing a Virus

Racing a Virus

7:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Alexandra Morton calls this film the last stand for wild salmon populations in British Columbia.

Hidden Life

Hidden Life

7:06 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Rigs to Reefs in the US promotes the growth of coral reefs on decommissioned oil and gas platforms - a popular but controversial program.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

7:30 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Metamorphosis bears witness to the true scale of the global and environmental crisis, capturing a moment of profound change when one world is lost and another is born.

November 17, 2018 - Saturday

Elephant Path

Elephant Path

12:30 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Against a backdrop of luminous natural beauty marred by callous human violence, an unlikely alliance works to protect the last wild herd of forest elephants.

Testimonies of a Massacre

Testimonies of a Massacre: Tula Toli

4:15 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A film about the massacre of the Rohingya people in Tula Toli by the Myanmar army, documenting crucial evidence that the massacre was pre-planned by the Myanmar government.

Displaced

(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System

1:45 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

This film explores strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control through the eyes of indigenous youth.

Through My Eyes

Through My Eyes: Hani’s Journey

5:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A tale of triumph against adversity set against the backdrop of the Syrian war.

Lana Gets Her Talk

Lana Gets Her Talk

3:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Cree artist Lana Whiskeyjack meditates on the enduring traumatic effects of the Indian Residential School system as she works on her mixed-media sculpture called Lost My talk.

Burka 2.0

Burka 2.0

6:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Initially a film on the policing of burqas in France, this documentary turns into a deep reflection on how racism is discussed in the artistic sphere.

 
Poetess

Poetess

7:15 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

The story of Hissa, a Saudi woman who grabs the opportunity to speak out against extremism and stands up for a peaceful Islam.

 

November 18, 2018 - Sunday

Drawn Together

Drawn Together: Comics, Diversity and Stereotypes

12:30 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

A chance to unlearn stereotyping, this film looks beyond the obvious to confront media prejudices through comics and cartoons.

Mexico

Mexico: Looking for Lost Migrants

4:30 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Former migrant Ruben Figueroa tries to give faces to thousands of people who vanished while searching for a better life across the US border.

Beauty

Beauty

2:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

Explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human.

Before the Bridge

Before the Bridge

5:30 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

With automation replacing human jobs at an alarming rate. It's time to start a conversation about how we can adapt before it's too late.

Alganesh

Alganesh

3:00 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

In the Eritrean refugee camps on the shared border with Ethiopia, life goes on with great difficulty due to scarcity of water and resources, but mostly due to lack of a future.

In the Name of Your Daughter

In the Name of Your Daughter

6:15 PM | RIVER PARK AUDITORIUM

An intimate, fly-on-the-wall account of the escape of some of the most courageous girls in the world who fled female genital mutilation.

MLJFF has partnered with Ploughshares Calgary Society to bring you the Peace Village. Meet representatives from local non-profit groups, learn about their missions and volunteer opportunities, buy crafts and fair trade items.

Peace Village

November 16 - 18, 2018

Bible League Canada

Canadian Federation Of University Women

MCCA

CIWA

Ten Thousand Villages

People for Progress Foundation (PFPF)

Amnesty International

Justice for Palestinians (JFP)

Renters' Action Movement (RAM)

CAWST

PAACET

Migrante Alberta

Fair Winds Imparting

UJAMAA

GoLocal River Park Church

Calgary Arab & Culture Society

Hearts for Lushoto

SA Foundation

Fair Trade Calgary/Engineers Without Borders Calgary

Canadians for Safe Syrian Healthcare (CSSH)

Results Canada

Our Venues

Our screenings are held in three venues in Calgary. All venues are accessible.

Parking availability is limited at all of our venues. Please consider the environment in selecting your mode of transportation! City transit routes are indicated below and carpooling can be arranged via www.carpool.ca

 

PERFORMANCE HALL
CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY (NEW CENTRAL)

800 - 3 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2E7
(Calgary Transit - Downtown C-train)

 

PLAZA THEATRE

 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4
(Calgary Transit - Downtown C-train)

 

RIVER PARK CHURCH AUDITORIUM

3818 - 14A Street SW, Calgary
(Calgary Transit - Bus Route 13)


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