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WEst side Story

Christie Pits Film Festival 2017 - Eyes on the Prize
Sunday, August 13th

WEST SIDE STORY

Short film — Boredom

The epic musical romance-drama West Side Story is a tale straight out of Shakespeare: Tony and Maria are young lovers caught on either side of a clash between immigrant communities – the Polish Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks – vying for turf and a crucial piece of the American dream. Beneath the seemingly celebratory tone of the film’s most famous song and dance number, America, West Side Story offers biting social commentary: “Life is all right in America/If you're all white in America”. Its contemporary relevance makes this an impassioned and thought-provoking extension of CPFF’s prize-vying theme. The short film Boredom uses music and dance, and pitch-perfect choreography to convey the sense of aimlessness and rivalry felt by two young women, making it a beautiful companion to West Side Story. Join your friends and neighbours for a communal evening of culture under the stars on the site of our very own historic neighbourhood turf war, on this 84th anniversary weekend of the Christie Pits Riots in which Jewish and Italian immigrants fought fascist sympathizers who displayed a swastika at a baseball game in the park.


WEST SIDE STORY

West Side Story, directed by Jerome Robbins & Robert Wise, 1961

With short film Boredom, directed by Lara Oundjian & choreographed by Kaitlyn Ramsden, 2015

Eats & Treats @ 6pm. Films @ Sundown
Free / PWYC
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Christie Pits Park is an accessible venue
Films are screened with captioning whenever possible

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