Black History Month Commemoration was part of The City of Vancouver’s events and activities today with a Proclamation read at a crowded City Hall by Mayor Gregor Robertson. Tribute was given to the many Historians of African origin who contributed to Canada’s legacy and to our very own City of Vancouver! A few notable citizens were awarded for their work in the community and amongst them a tribute to the Honourable Supreme Court Judge Selwyn Romilli. The greatest honour however was awarded to the one and only Rolihala Nelson Mandela with the unveiling of a new Canada Post Stamp 2015. The pride of Southern Africa lives on and is now part of our History also here in the Northern part of the America’s!
Black History Month at VIFF
KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival, Keep On Keepin’ On follows jazz legend Clark Terry, over the course of four years documenting his mentorship of the 23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin. RATED PG, ALL AGES ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND. Feb 1-4 & 17,18.
THROUGH A LENS DARKLY
An extraordinary film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. February 2, 6:30pm followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. 19+
Academy Award Winning, and winner of the 1959 Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’s Black Orpheus retells the Greek myth of Or¬pheus and Eurydice against the colourful and lively madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. February 9, 6:30pm
KING: A FILMED RECORD …FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS
This landmark documentary chronicles the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., featuring dramatic readings, and spectacu¬lar archival newsreel footage. February 23, 6.30pm 19+
BEYOND THE LIGHTS
Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw is marvellous as the brilliant young singer who is propelled in to a rollercoaster career in pop by her ambitious mother. “One of the most pleasurable moviego¬ing experiences I had this year.” Manohla Dargis, New York Times. February 16, 6.10pm | $7 19+
RICHARD PRYOR TRIBUTE: Richard Pryor Live in Concert + Special Guest Dino Archie
Richard Pryor channels searingly candid autobiographical tales into gales of hilarity. The screening will be preceded by a half hour set performed by Vancouver based comic Dino Archie. February 16, 8:30pm | $15 19+
CHICO & RITA
“Sexy, sunny and sweet-natured, this lovely animation by film-maker Fernando Trueba and artist and designer Javier Mariscal is a 1940s love story with all the brassy passion of a Barry Ma¬nilow number, set in the night¬clubs of Havana and New York.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian. February 9, 8:45pm | $7 19+
14 February 1pm – 3pm
World Poetry and the Britannia Public Library Celebrate:
Black History Month,
Valentine’s Day & book launch for Roger Blenman’s “Dead’er”
Hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Russell Dior
Black History: Roger Blenman introduction
Feature: Adelene da Soul Poet.