Cinema Politica’s theme this year is Defiant Lives and the films playing from March 5th - April 9th bear that out.
“They are all curated around the idea that these are individuals and communities who are resilient in the face of hardship,” says Communications and outreach coordinator, Oliver Skinner.
“Many are based in protest, in ways of fighting back against the powers that be.”
Skinner, a double major student at Concordia in film studies and English literature, took over the position in September. He says working for Cinema Politica, co-founded fourteen years ago by alumni Ezra Winton (BA ‘05, MA ‘07) and Svetla Turnin (BA ‘07) has proved to be an invaluable work experience.
“I’ve definitely gotten more into politics through my experience with Cinema Politica. I’d never really considered how much of a social impact certain films can have.”
“I worked at the box office for Hot Docs in Toronto, but this is a completely different approach to documentary film. It’s extremely timely. All the films that we show have come out within the last year and they’re tied to current news events that are unfolding right now.”
Skinner gives a run-down of the five films left to show this season.