Opening Night 2020

Opening Night: Screening & Celebration

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Screening: Red Snow (100 min)

Directed by: Marie Clements
Local Filmmaker
Vancity Theatre

Celebrate the opening of VIWFF with a screening of Red Snow, directed by Marie Clements followed by a Q&A with the director and key cast.

Captured by the Taliban, a Gwich’in soldier confronts memories in the Canadian north he thought he’d left behind. He forges an alliance with a Pashtun family as they escape through treacherous landscapes in a blizzard that is their key to survival. Tapping into a universal need for belonging, and shifting between striking arctic and arid landscapes, director/writer Marie Clements delivers a thriller as poignant as it is pulse-quickening.

Opening Ticket Pricing
Senior & Student$30
WIFTV Members$25
Vancity Theatre Plus Members$25

Opening Celebration

After the screening, join us in the Atrium for a party where refreshments representative of Afghan cuisine will be served, as well as a cash bar. We will also be featuring the launch of two singles from the Red Snow soundtrack, Dirt Walkers and We Are Still the People, performed live by:

Mozhdah Jamalzadah
Mozhdah is a Kabul-born, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, media personality and women’s rights activist. She’s been called the Oprah of Afghanistan for having had a talk show debating taboo subjects like child marriage, violence against women and divorce in post-Taliban Afghanistan; and the first Afghan to perform at the Obama Whitehouse. She has guested on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won several “Best Artist of the Year” awards in more than one country. Her biography, The Voice of Rebellion was just released in October 2019, and she made her acting debut in the movie Red Snow in which she played the role of Khatira. 

Wayne Lavallee
Wayne is a Métis singer/songwriter and film score composer living in Vancouver. Wayne has received two Juno nominations, was awarded best Aboriginal singer songwriter in 2006 from the Canadian Folk Music Awards and has won multiple awards from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Wayne Lavallee’s last album granted him international status, when he was signed to the Dixiefrog record label in France. Wayne has been lending his music and sound to dance and film projects, and is inspired to create music that is rooted in his Indigenous culture; a hybrid of unique sounds that evoke the spirit within. Wayne Lavallee was nominated for a Leo Award for best music score for his work on Red Snow.

Marina Hasselberg
Award-winning cellist Marina Hasselberg’s musical career led her from her birth country of Portugal across the world to Vancouver’s eclectic music scene. Starting as a chamber musician with a strong background in classical music, her passion quickly expanded into baroque music, experimental music, improvisation, and interdisciplinary works that cross all genre boundaries, taking her on a path to perform with various orchestras, ensembles, theatre, dance and film productions, mimes and calligraphers, noise bands, and improvised music groups. Since establishing herself in Vancouver, Marina has received a Jessie award and the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for emerging artist in Music, was the guest Feature Artist for Sonic Boom (premiering 11 new solo works for cello and electronics in one evening), and a guest improviser of Trading Places – a ten day residency in Montreal focused on improvised music – co-directed/presented by the Western Front, Coastal Jazz, NOW Society, Music on Main, and Suoni Per Il Popolo. On the big screen, Marina’s work was recently featured on Netflix’s The Perfection, and Marie Clements’ latest movie, Red Snow.