Features 2021


A prerecorded Virtual Artist Talk with the filmmakers is included with each film program you watch on VIFF Connect. FREE!

  • All films available on demand March 4 – 14, 2021, via VIFF Connect and can be watched internationally
  • Purchase single-program tickets, or a pass to see all 6 features and 26 shorts
  • Once you start watching a film program, you will have 48 hours to finish watching

Directors: Florence Pelletier, Caroline Côté
Documentary  /  English, French, Inuktitut /  Canada  /  2020  /  77 mins

Three women from across Quebec embark on a multisport expedition, following the Koroc river in Nunavik. Travelling together against adversity, this journey soon becomes one of self-discovery for each participant.

The Curse of Willow Song
Director: Karen Lam
Horror  /  English  /  Canada  /  2020  /  90 mins

A supernatural thriller set in Vancouver that highlights the stark socio-economic divides that allow those who need help the most, to become their own worst nightmares.

Brother, I Cry
Director: Jessie Anthony
Drama  /  English  /  Canada  /  2019  /  97 mins

A young First Nations man, trapped in a world of addiction and cultural displacement, finds himself in trouble when his sister betrays him and a “friend” to the police.

BIRTH TIME: the documentary
Directors: Jerusha Sutton, Jo Hunter, Zoe Naylor
Documentary  /  English  /  Australia  /  2020  /  84 mins

An exploration of the systemic causes for why women are increasingly emerging both physically and emotionally traumatized from giving birth.

Holy Rights
Director: Farha Khatun
Documentary  /  Urdu (English Subtitles)  /  India  /  2020  /  53 mins 
Vancouver Premiere

Safia, a devout Muslim, trains women as Qazis (Sharia court judges) to rebel against the instant “triple talaq” divorce practice that has allowed men an imbalance of power in classical Islamic law.

ALA KACHUU – Take and Run
Director: Maria Brendle
Drama  /  Kirghiz (English Subtitles)  /  Switzerland, Filmed in Kyrgyzstan  /  2020  /  38 mins 
Vancouver Premiere

A young Kyrgyz woman is kidnapped and forced to marry, and her desire for freedom struggles against the clutches of tradition.

Media Inquiries: nicola@penderpr.com