Oakville Festivals of Film & Art (OFFA) is celebrating two special events this week with a virtual film screening for each. One is for National Canadian Film Day today (April 20), and the other is Friday (April 22) for Earth Day.
Today, April 20, 2022, the OFFA is offering a free screening of by director Bretten Hannam Savagery for free (yes, free!) starting at 7:30 p.m. ET tonight. The availability window will be open for 48 hours after it is posted.
Second, on Friday, April 22, 2022, a virtual screening of nature documentary The seeds of Vandana Shiva, starting at 7 p.m. ET. This movie is available for seven days after the opening of the availability window.
In addition to screenings, both films will also have live Q&As (also screened virtually) with each film’s creative teams. These follow-up questions and answers are interactive and included with tickets for each event.
“These are two really special events,” said BAFF Executive Director Wendy Donnan, “and we hope everyone can join us to see these great films.”
National Canadian Film Day: Savagery
Savagery is the first, screened today as part of National Canadian Film Day (which takes place on the third Wednesday in April every year.) The film premiered at TIFF 2021 last September.
An official description reads, “Two-spirited Mi’kmaq teenager Link (Phillip Lewitski) is in the process of discovering and affirming his sexuality when his already unstable home life is derailed. When he and his half-brother Travis (Avery Winters- Anthony) discovers that his supposedly dead mother may be alive, Link flees with Travis in tow and sets off on a quest to find her.”
“Riffling on the road-movie genre, director Bretten Hannam traces Link’s growing awareness, which is deeply connected to the (re)discovery of his heritage.”
A live Q&A follows tonight’s virtual screening with Canadian Screen Award-winning actor Joshua Odjick (Pasmay), actor Phillip Lewitski (Link), producer Julie Baldassi and Oakville Indigenous principal Angela Bellegarde. OFFA’s Executive Director, Wendy Donnan, hosted the event.
Earth Day: The seeds of Vandana Shiva
Then, to coincide with Earth Day this Friday, The seeds of Vandana Shiva will be screened at 7 p.m. Tickets for this event are $12.99 all-inclusive and include a live Q&A and access to the film for seven days.
This nature documentary tells the remarkable life story of Gandhi’s eco-activist, Dr Vandana Shiva, and “how she withstood the Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the organic food and inspired an international crusade for change”.
Vandana Shiva Seeds is followed by a live Q&A with representatives from the Halton Environmental Network (HEN), OFFA and the organization Grandmother’s Voice.