(Kate Johnston and Shauna MacDonald, 2013, Canada)
The Loft Cinema
Toronto’s gray, snow-capped skyscrapers form a fitting backdrop for Tru and Alice, who kindle a close connection in their search for relief from desolate periods they have each been weathering in solitude.
Followed by Panel Discussion Featuring Matice Moore, Program Director for African American Student Affairs at the U of A, Pat Farr from the Wingspan Anti-Violence Project, and Francisco Galarte, Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies.
The Loft / FREE
Co-sponsored by Puertas Abiertas
Under the neon lights of New York’s gay-friendly West Village, four African-American women are attacked by an older man, and then face slanderous media coverage and egregious sentences as they are charged and convicted as a “Lesbian Gang.” OUT IN THE NIGHT tells the story of the women’s trial and prison sentences, and years-long fight by relatives and activists to get them released.
Co-sponsored by the McClelland Institute for Children, Youth & Families, Primavera Foundation and Our Family Services.
Follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers works to complete their education as they face the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.
Alex, troubled teen with attitude, is sent by her harried mother for a last-ditch internship at a farm in lush Northern Germany, in the care of horse trainer Nina, who takes on her new charge as if dealing with a wild mustang. Holiday guest Kathy arrives with her own horse, and sparks begin to fly. One weekend, Nina goes to the city, and Kathy and Alex are left to care for the horses…