Fall Films Finalized for Stittsville Rotary International Film Series – Stittsville Central

The Rotary Club of Stittsville Film Committee has now selected the final films for its International Fall Film Series in conjunction with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Film Circuit. Passes for the remaining three films in the fall series are now available for purchase (details below). Filming dates are October 24, November 28 and December 12 (at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.). The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville thanks their main sponsor, Scotiabank.

(French film (subtitled in English), ‘Happening’ will be screened on October 24. Photo: TIFF)

On October 24, a French film (subtitled in English), ‘Happening’ will be shown. This film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Annie Ernaux, who has just won the 2022 Nobel Prize for Literature. It follows the journey of a young girl, Annie, through the first trimester of her unwanted pregnancy in 1963 , when abortion was illegal in France. This film offers a timely reflection on the issues raised following the reversal of the decision in the US court case, Roe vs. Wade.

(The documentary, ‘Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On’, will be screened on November 28. Photo: TIFF)

The November 28 film is an extraordinary documentary, ‘Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On’ (1h30). This powerful film follows Buffy Saint-Marie’s long career as a musician and indigenous activist, and includes interviews with Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell. Saint-Marie was born on February 21, 1941 on the Piapot First Nation reserve in Saskatchewan. She was taken from her Cree family and raised by a couple of Mi’kmaq descent from Massachusetts. As an adult, Saint-Marie embarked on the journey of discovering her roots through storytelling and songwriting. His musical, literary and activist careers span six decades. She has campaigned for indigenous rights, women’s rights and human rights. This documentary gives us a gripping look into her life, and her tireless activism on climate change, Indigenous rights, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and sustainable living.

(December 12, “Hit The Road” will take you on a journey with a family fleeing Iran. Photo: TIFF)

For the December 12 film, set off on a rare road trip through northwestern Iran. ‘Take the road’ (1h33, Persian with English subtitles) is directed by Panah Panahi, son of imprisoned Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi. A family of four and their sick dog, Jessy, embark on a harrowing journey to the Turkey-Azerbaijan border in an attempt to escape Iranian state censorship. The parents borrowed heavily against the value of their home to finance an emergency exit for their eldest son. This son is behind the wheel, leading the family in a borrowed car. It’s a tense, hot and uncomfortable journey filmed almost entirely in a car. The 8-year-old younger brother is the star of the film, sometimes playing a wacky child, sometimes showing great sensitivity to the drama unfolding around him. Throughout the film, this family lives on the brink of sadness – of losing their life or their freedom, of losing their home and their parents – of losing their sons. And yet, as the Guardian critic writes, “an irrepressible challenge and bubbles of comedic energy beneath every scene.”

Each of these films has something unique to offer, and each offers multiple talking points for moviegoers as they leave the theater! Please note that these films deal with mature subjects and are not suitable for children.

Movie passes are available now at $45 for three Rotary Club movies. To purchase your pass, please email Sandra Burt ([email protected]) for 4:00 p.m. passes. For 7:00 p.m. pass, contact Elke Harder ([email protected]). The movies are screened at Landmark Cinemas Kanata.

As a reminder, proceeds from the International Film Series support a variety of Rotary club projects and giving within our community and around the world. Some of the organizations that have recently received financial support from our club are Chrysalis House Women’s Shelter, Stittsville Food Bank, Richmond Food Bank, Refugee Support from Afghanistan, Syria and now Ukraine, Canadian Women for Women of Afghanistan and ShelterBox (a Rotary International Affiliate that provides temporary housing to refugees, including those from Ukraine).

Don’t miss! The Rotary Club of Stittsville looks forward to seeing you at Landmark Theatres. The Club appreciates your continued support of the film series and its Club.


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