The First Movie

Sat, 04/09/2011 - 19:00
Wed, 04/13/2011 - 13:00
$12.00 and $8.00 adults / $8.00 and $6.00 youth/seniors / $5 groups of 10+ Wednesday only
Mark Cousins
Canada, UK, Iraq

Filmmaker Mark Cousins travelled to Goptapa, a small village in Iraqi Kurdistan, where he erected a screen in the village square to show classic family films to the locals. He provides the children with cameras to make movies.  Eight-year-old Mohamad crafts a remarkably moving piece about a boy giving his wishes to the water. Cousins has crafted an intriguing and inspiring documentary exploring the dreams and aspirations of children who have lived through and experienced war, losing half of their town’s inhabitants. Rated PG – course language. Multiple languages w/English subtitles.

Winner of the Prix Italia award

Official selection at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival

The First Movie Website

OPENING NIGHT GALA FILM: Saturday, April 9, 7:00 pm, Vancity Theatre
Wednesday, April 13, 1:00 pm, Vancity Theatre

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Mark Cousins is a Belfast-born documentary filmmaker, author and curator. He has made numerous documentaries on Neo-Nazism, Gorbachev, the first Gulf War and Iranian cinema. Cousins is an Honorary Dr of Letters at the University of Edinburgh and Honorary Lecturer at the University of Stirling.