Christie Pits Film Festival 2017 - Eyes on the Prize
Sunday, July 30th
Short films — Dear Scavengers & The Cuber
Hot on the heels of its world premiere as the Opening Night film for Hot Docs 2017, Bee Nation tells the story of First Nations kids competing at the highest level in the provincial and national spelling bees. Eschewing stereotypes and cliches about life on the reserve, the kids and their families of Bee Nation are presented as they are: ordinary people doing the best they can in the face of overwhelming social and economic disenfranchisement. Tackling thorny issues of language, culture, and assimilation with tenderness and nuance, the film is equal parts inspirational journey and call to arms for Canadians to face up to our ongoing legacy of colonialism. Both short films for the evening also deal with children competitors: Cuber captures the spectacular manual and mental dexterity involved in high-level Rubik’s cube competition, focusing on the Toronto teenager ranked second fastest in the country, while Dear Scavengers pits a group of girls competing in a scavenger hunt against a crusty middle-aged shopkeeper who becomes an unwilling participant in their game.
Bee Nation would like to acknowledge its National Impact Partner, INDSPIRE.
Directed by Lana Šlezić, 2017
With short films Dear Scavengers, directed by Aaron Phelan, 2012.
The Cuber, directed by Chris Frampton, 2011.
Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC
Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible