Sat, Apr 30 6:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
This film has one screening only and it has already gone RUSH, and while it's always worth a try to get into a rush screening, no need to fear if you don't as this film will have its theatrical release shortly. I'll do my full review then.
Sat, Apr 30 6:44 PM, Cumberland 3
Mon, May 2 1:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Divya and Neha are modern Indian women who, with 30 closing in on them, have decided to add the arranged marriage route as another option to finding a husband. (Being 30 in India means that only divorced and widowed men will be available to them.) Party girl, Divya, is educated, fun, and loves her job as a wedding planner, but she can hardly hook up with someone at any of the weddings she is planning, and her outspoken, live-life-to-the-fullest attitude is attractive to men her age, but not to their families. The curvy, pet-loving Neha lives in an India where more and more men want a skinny, Bollywood-type woman (think Aishwarya Rai). The ball is in the man's court, with his family's wishes superceding any thoughts of a love-match. Divya and Neha are caught in a world where today's urban Indian woman is caught between the colliding forces of a culture that is allowing women to express themselves more fully, but which still demands that they behave in a traditional way in order to navigate the ancient rituals of marriage. The filmmaking is rudimentary, but the openness of these two women in exposing their vulnerabilities, is what makes this film worth watching. Kudos to them for allowing the cameras to follow their attempts to find love.
Sat, Apr 30 7:00 PM, Isabel Bader Theatre
Tue, May 3 7:15 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Sat, May 7 7:00 PM, The Regent
Is Wiebo Ludwig an eco-terrorist, or a Christian man trying to defend his family and his property? What would you do if you finally decided to get away from society and raise your children in a beautiful stretch of Alberta farmland only to find out that after years of working on your property and having your family flourish that you only own the top 6 inches of your land, and that the Canadian government can buy and sell the subsurface mineral rights of that land without notifying you? Does miscarriages in your family and livestock give you the right to sabotage a business that legally bought the mineral rights from the Canadian government? A fascinating subject with the added intrigue of the RCMP, Christian values, and the mysterious absence of the media. Note: I will be interviewing director, David York on The More the Merrier Radio, Saturday, April 30, 1:00pm on CIUT 89.5 FM. You can listen live at http://www.ciut.fm/
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