What’s on at the Regina International Film Festival and Awards (RIFFA)

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Regina International Film Festival runs Tuesday through Saturday in Regina, ending with an awards ceremony Saturday night. Here’s what you should know:

A Saskatchewan focus

Tuesday’s opening night event begins at 7 p.m. at the Casino Regina Show Lounge, with a screening from RIFFA’s LOOK mental health film initiative and a provincial showcase.

LOOK is a form of art therapy, as film industry volunteers have worked with young people dealing with mental health issues.

It’s followed by Spotlight on Saskatchewan, which includes …

  • The Confessional, by Tyson Poulin
  • Unfold, by John Graham
  • Being, by John Graham
  • How Father Lawrence Briefly Considered a Career in Landscaping, by Nathan Raine
  • Waniska: An Awakening of Indigenous Knowledge, by Willie Ermine, Margaret Reynold, Rose Bird, Florence Allen, Gilbert Kewistep, Mary Lee, and Preston Gardypie.

Binge-watching

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there are film screenings in three theatres at Cineplex Normanview, running all day, approximately 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, screenings run 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RIFFA features films from 33 countries, in 23 different languages, ranging from animated to documentary, short to full-length feature. A film festival pass costs $40.

At a glance, they include …

  • Elijah and the Rock Creature, Jennifer Walden’s film about a 10-year-old boy who gets lost in the dark sky preserve of Wood Buffalo National Park (screening Wednesday, 11 a.m.)
  • In Full Bloom, Maegan Houang’s short film about a Vietnamese woman whose hoarding tendencies are threatened by a black hole that threatens to take all of her stuff (screening Wednesday, 11 a.m.)
  • It Was All So Wonderful, Kenneth J. Harvey’s documentary about artist Mary Pratt (screening Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m.)
  • nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up, Tasha Hubbard’s film about Colten Boushie (screening Wednesday at 7 p.m.)
  • Justice For Our Stolen Children, Kristen Anderson-Sauve and Robyn Pitawanakwat’s documentary making its world premiere (Wednesday at 7 p.m.), about the camp that stood for eight months near the Saskatchewan Legislature.
  • Women of the Gulag, Marianna Yarovskaya’s film about Johanna Langefeld, Chief SS guard at Auschwitz who escaped prison in 1946 with the help of her former prisoners (screening Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m.)
  • A Place of Tide and Time, Aude Leroux-Levesque and Sebastien Rist’s film about communities’ fate in small fishing villages in Eastern Canada (screening Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.)
  • The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova, Zack Bernbaum’s film about two siblings who travel Poland in search of the bones of their dying grandmother’s childhood dog (screening Thursday at 9 p.m.)
  • Uncovered, Zuko Nodada’s South African film about journalism, conspiracy and murder (screening Friday at 9 p.m.)

And there’s more

The RIFFA red carpet event and awards ceremony takes place at Casino Regina on Saturday, 6:30 p.m.

Master Class events with Skawennati, Klaus Eder, Valerie Creighton and Robin Mirsky are also scheduled throughout the week.

Tickets and more information are available at riffa.ca.

amartin@postmedia.com

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