CINEMA POLITICA CONCORDIA

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ANNUAL REPORT 2013-2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Cinema Politica Concordia: About Us
Cinema Politica Concordia: Mandate

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Programming Statements
Fall Semester: Dreams and Defiance
Winter Semester: Reframe/Reclaim

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Event Highlights
Celebrating 10 Years of Screening Truth to Power
Fall 2013
Winter 2014

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Promotional Activities
Old School Promo
E-promo

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Archives: Encouraging Access
Youtube & Vimeo Channels
Special Library Collections
Research and Archival Viewing Library

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Interns
Videographers
Translators

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Volunteers
Volunteer Recruitment
Volunteer Activity
Volunteer Appreciation

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Big Thanks Go Out to Our
Worker-Bees
Board of Directors
Volunteers
Interns
Collaborators
Accomplices

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ClNEMA POLITICA CONCORDIA: ABOUT US
Cinema Politica is a media arts, non-profit network of community and campus locals that
screen independent political film and video by Canadian and international artists throughout
Canada and abroad. Cinema Politica's largest and longest running local was founded at
Concordia University, Montreal in 2003. Ever since, Cinema Politica Concordia has attracted
between 300 and 600 people to its weekly screenings. Each semester, programming is focused
around themes that touch on social justice, environmental and cultural identity issues. In
addition, all screenings aim to bridge political independent filmmaking, local activism and civic
education and engagement. Cinema Politica Concordia is administered by the Concordia Cinema
Politica Student Association (CCPSA) which is a legally incorporated non-profit fee-levy group
funded by undergraduate and graduate students at Concordia.
All our screenings occur during the Fall and Winter semesters and take place weekly on
Monday evenings at 7:00 pm in the D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 de Maisonneuve West with a few
exceptions. All screenings are by donation, open to the public, and are followed by discussions
or Q&As with filmmakers and/or local organizers.
ClNEMA POLITICA CONCORDIA: MANDATE
2.1 The CCPSA has the mandate to promote and support the objectives of Cinema Politica
Concordia by providing Concordia students (the General Membership) with:
1) An exhibition venue where regular film screenings and discussions of current pressing social,
environmental and political issues, take place in an environment that is pluralistic,
democratic, accessible and inclusive,
2) A Research Archival and Viewing Library (RAVL) complete with digital files of films
screened at Cinema Politica Concordia events where students may conduct independent
research into documentary and political film.
3) Part-time employment, and volunteer and internship opportunities at Cinema Politica
Concordia, which is a chapter of a national and international non-profit organization.
2.2 Further to these services, the CCPSA is obliged to follow the mandate of the parent
organization, the Cinema Politica Network, as stipulated in the Cinema Politica Network Locals
Agreement document, and summarized here:
Cinema Politica’s main objective is to disseminate, exhibit and promote the discussion of
political cinema by independent artists, with an emphasis on Canadian works. Films that are
screened are chosen for their potential to engage an audience on important socio-political,
cultural, environmental and economic issues. They are films that provocatively challenge
dominant ideologies and accepted norms. Exhibited works are selected for their innovation and
Cinema Politica screenings seek to educate, entertain and especially inspire audiences to
participate in openly democratic practices. Emphasis is placed on works that tell stories that are
underrepresented by mainstream media, including narratives around minority struggles within
Canada (gender and sexual identity for example).

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PROGRAMMING STATEMENTS:
FALL SEMESTER: DREAMS AND DEFIANCE
This program marks ten years of bringing radical, searing, passionate and life-altering
political cinema to our community. The combination of dreaming and defiance has always
oriented us toward cinema as an agent of transformative progressive politics. It is the principle
that the dreams of cinema and the politics of defiance can move us, inspire us, and make us
dance and rage against the systemic and instrumental oppression we seek to overcome, imagine
away, and smash at every step.
In this fall’s lineup dreams and defiance propel the kind of massive, structural,
transformative change food activists talk about in EDIBLE CITY, that Mayan resisters to land
exploitation struggle for in HEART OF SKY, or that Cameroonian LGBTQ warriors risk their
lives for in BORN THIS WAY. You’ll find dreamers behind and in front of the camera, and
defiance that shakes even the most daring amongst us. Whether it’s women defying patriarchy in
EUFROSINA, DURGA, WOMEN OF FUKUSHIMA or SOLAR MAMAS, or the privileged
who stand in solidarity with the oppressed in MAXIMUM, LET THE FIRE BURN or RUINS,
defiance, imagination and direct action prevail.
It is dreamers who dare to defy a colonial power and create their own territory in
ARCTIC DEFENDERS. It is the defiant imaginers who also envision neoliberalism’s demise in
INSURGENCE, and it is the punk rock, feminist spirit of PUSSY RIOT that keeps us defiantly
dreaming and dancing. Dare to dream and dare to defy, with us, after ten years, and for ten more
at least.
WINTER SEMESTER: REFRAME/RECLAIM
This 23rd edition of our program marks ten years of screening 300+ films on campus.
Under the theme of reframing and reclaiming, our upcoming 15 screening events re-orient us
toward a fair and just future, and challenge our preconceptions and prejudices along the way.
Whether reframing the status-quo take on protest, resistance and revolution in
VOICEOVER, THE BEGINNING, RETURN TO HOMS and DANGEROUS ACTS, culture
and society in AYITI TOMA, or religion and sexuality in GOD LOVES UGANDA, this
season’s lineup promises to shatter the mainstream spin while offering diverse and critical
perspectives.
The films in this program reframe controlling narratives by resuscitating truth in an
embattled public media sphere, and their life-giving force serves to reclaim crucial territory. In
some cases that reclamation is centred on land rights, as in HONOUR YOUR WORD,
FRAGMENTS OF PALESTINE, and MY BROOKLYN, and in others the right to be “different”
or dissentient is asserted, as in VALENTINE ROAD or our closing event.
Taken as a whole, this is a collection of thoughtful and incendiary documentaries that
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they recover our hope for a better world and restore our faith in independent political
documentary to shift the agenda and drive us out of the cinema and into communities of action.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 2013-2014 programming of Cinema Politica Concordia involved a varied selection
of engaging political documentaries, with audience attendance averaging between 300-400
persons per screening. Cinema Politica Concordia hosted a total of 33 film screenings for the
2013-2014 fiscal year, averaging 17 screenings per semester. Screenings were held weekly, with
each event attempting to integrate different community groups, activists and experts into the
discussion as part of our mandate. CP Concordia also co-hosted a variety of extra spring and
summer screenings. On April 28th we collaborated with the Howl Arts Festival to present HI-HO
MISTAHEY!, an inspiring doc by legendary Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, who was
in attendance. On May 1st we held a May Day screening of WAL-TOWN: THE FILM, in
celebration of the 10th anniversary of the project. Finally, Cinema Politica Concordia was proud
to take part in the 2014 Montreal edition of Encuentro, during which we held seven consecutive
nights of radical screenings addressing the diversity of indigenous cultures and peoples of the
Americas.
10 YEARS OF SCREENING TRUTH TO POWER
Cinema Politica turned 10 this Fall! What started as a small, intimate screening series in a
classroom at Concordia in 2003 has grown into a
worldwide network of screening locals devoted to
celebrating and sharing political film with their
communities. To celebrate these past 10 amazing
years, we organized a bunch of exciting activities
beyond CP Concordia’s usual screenings. We hosted
the first Divine Interventions screening, a sidebar
program put together by the CP Network that
explores the intersection of spirituality and social
justice. We planned a couple of celebratory parties.
We brought musicians and spoken word artists to several screenings at Concordia, in order to
support the diversity of political art in Montreal. We also published a book. It has been quite the
busy year!
FALL 2013
One of our most popular events of the fall semester was the September 30th, 2013
screening of HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH, a beautiful, thoughtful, and moving doc on
spirituality and social justice which follows five brave Mayan activists who take on
multinationals in Guatemala, in order to protect their daily and ceremonial life. The packed-out
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theatre eagerly took part in an inspiring post-screening discussion
with directors Frauke Sandig and Eric Black, as well as Maya
activist Mateo Pablo. This screening successfully launched a brand
new cross-Canada Cinema Politica project, Divine Interventions:
Documentary, Spirituality and Social Justice. Another of our marked
events was our Saturday, October 12th screening of BHOPALI, held
in solidarity with the victims of the Bhopal disaster who continue to
fight for justice over 25 years later. This special event was in
collaboration with the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
North America, Amnesty International and Council of Canadians Montreal. The October 31st
screening of RUINS: CHRONICLE OF AN HIV WITCH-HUNT, co-sponsored by the
HIV/AIDS Lecture Series Concordia, marks another of our
highlighted events for the fall semester, with over 300
audience members, as well as director Zoe Mavroudi in
attendance for a post-screening discussion. Hundreds of
audience members also came out for one of our most
exciting events of the fiscal year, the screening of the
documentary INSURGENCE on November 25th, 2013. This
collective interpretation of Quebec’s Maple Spring took an
artistic look at the vast social mobilization that took place in 2012, reminding us of the issues
which brought us together a couple of years ago. The event featured community and education
activists, as well as a post-screening Q&A with several
of the filmmakers from Group d’action en cinéma
Épopée, who worked collectively to make this film.
Finally, the fall 2013 semester was marked by our
annual collaboration with Montreal film festivals FNC
(Festival du nouveau cinema) and RIDM (Rencontres
internationales du documentaire de montreal) who cohosted very successful screenings of ALL OF US
GUINEA-PIGS NOW?, and LET THE FIRE BURN, ARCTIC DEFENDERS, and DURGA &
RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA respectively, all of which brought together between 200-400 audience
members at each event.
WINTER 2014
The 2014 winter semester was equally packed
with local and international gems and many more
exciting collaborations. Our second screening of the
semester, GASLAND PART II, was a very welcomed
and well received blast from the past. After screening
the film’s precursor, GASLAND, to a 700+ audience
in fall of 2010, we decided to follow-up with this
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issue and collaborated with SAF, CCSL, the Council of Canadians and Climate Justice Montreal
to present the much anticipated sequel! Director, Josh Fox, joined us for a very impassioned (and
environmentally friendly) Skype Q&A. Our largest event of the winter semester was SEEKING
NETUKULIMK & HONOUR YOUR WORD, both of which screened on February 10th, 2014.
These Canadian docs showcase the struggles of First
Nations activists, their commitment to sustainability
and their resistance against state oppression. The fullhouse event brought together over 380 audience
members, as well as director Martha Stiegman,
Algonquin activists from Barrier Lake, and solidarity
activists from Barrier Lake Solidarity Network, all of
whom took part in an informative post-screening
discussion! Another highlight was the February 25th screening of GOD LOVES UGANDA,
presented in collaboration with Festival de films
Massimadi Montréal. A full house joined us for this
event, which was also the opening screening of this year’s
festival! Furthermore, the March 3rd screening of
RETURN TO HOMS had over 380 audience members in
attendance, and also brought forth much collaboration and
community involvement. The event was co-presented by
Tadamon!, a local Montreal organization, and director
Talal Derki joined us for a post-screening Skype Q&A all the way from Turkey. Finally, Cinema
Politica Concordia had the opportunity to co-host a very special screening on March 17th with the
Planner’s Network, Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal, UPA, GUSS, SCPASA, SAF
and CCSL. MY BROOKLYN looks at the economic and political forces that push residents out
of working class neighbourhoods to make room for luxury condos. The event brought together
400 audience members and included a very special Q&A with director Kelly Anderson and
Martin Blanchard, a community organizer at Comité lodgement de la Petite-Patrie.
PROMOTION:
OLD SCHOOL PROMO
Over the 2013-2014 fiscal year, Cinema Politica Concordia focused on developing more
successful promotional tactics. Promo always takes place through a variety of media, both new
and traditional, and went out on a weekly or bi-weekly (per-event) basis. Promotional activities
via traditional media involved film reviews and advertising in student and community
newspapers, such as The Link, The Concordian and CULT Montreal, as well as in larger
newspapers like The Gazette and La Presse. In addition, volunteers and part-time CP Concordia
employees flyered and postered events and locations both on and off campus to promote our
screenings. Volunteers also circulated CP Concordia schedules and posters both on and off
campus, leaving them in critical high-traffic locations, such as cafes, venues, galleries and
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different student group spaces. Promotion at outside community events included various Israeli
Apartheid Week activities, Howl Arts Collective events, the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair, as
well as a variety of different film and art festivals including Docville, POP Montreal, FNC,
RIDM, RVCQ, Art Matters, etc. Finally, throughout the academic year Cinema Politica
Concordia held weekly tabling sessions on campus in the Hall Building Mezzanine, and attended
several extra tabling events organized by FLAC, the People’s Potato, Disorientation, SAF, the
CSU and GSA, etc.
E-PROMO
Cinema Politica Concordia has been concentrating on expanding our reach through
electronic promotions this year, mainly through the use of our e-newsletter, which is sent out on
a weekly basis to 7,500 subscribers, and which details our upcoming events and collaborations.
In addition, all CP Concordia screenings were posted to the CSU website’s event calendar and
the Concordia Now events calendar, as well as to numerous community calendars such as The
Gazette, The Montreal Media Coop, CULT Montreal, COCO, Radical Montreal, etc.
Furthermore, our events were often featured in the Concordia Greenhouse and Sustainable
Concordia’s newsletters, as well as the GSA’s weekly newsletter to their constituents. Regular
announcements were also made by our collaborators on the CJLO and CKUT radio stations.
Moreover, CP Concordia continued to target our promotion to specific individuals, groups and
associations, which took place on both a university and community level. This targeted
electronic promotion and outreach took place on social media, as well as through email
correspondence. On campus, departmental administrative assistants and professors specializing
in the topics addressed in our programmed films were individually contacted to pass the event
information along to their students and other faculty and staff members. Off campus, different
stakeholder groups and organizations were selected every screening, and were invited and
informed about the events via social media. Targeted promotion is important not only to increase
the number of persons who regularly attend CP events, but also to ensure that local community
members who are directly involved, interested, and affected by the issues at hand are informed
and have access to our weekly screenings.
ARCHIVES: ENCOURAGING ACCESS
YOUTUBE & VIMEO CHANNELS
Throughout the 2013-2014 year, Cinema Politica Concordia has continued to develop
their archives in order to make them readily available to the public. CP Concordia has continued
to contribute to their Youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/CinemaPolitica) and Vimeo
(http://vimeo.com/channels/cinemapolitica) channels on a regular basis, constantly updating the
pages with new film trailers, interviews with filmmakers, and recorded post-screening Q&A’s to
ensure that they remain easily available for public viewing.

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FLICKR
Secondly, CP Concordia has been actively uploading pictures from some of our larger
events to our Flickr photo stream throughout the 2013-2014 year
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/cinemapolitica/). We have also organized our photo
documentation from previous years in our collection, allowing filmmakers, community activists,
collaborators, and audiences to revisit our archives for their own use.
SPECIAL LIBRARY COLLECTION
CP Concordia has continued its collaboration with Concordia University’s Sir George
William’s Library and has expanded on the Cinema Politica Collection. This special collection
contains all of the Canadian-made documentaries screened by Cinema Politica Concordia up to
and including the 2013-2014 year, with a few exceptions based on film rights and availability.
All films have successfully arrived in the ConU library and are available upon request via
CLUES (http://library.concordia.ca/guides/sociology/newvideos.php?guid=cinemapolitica). CP
Concordia hopes to launch a promotional campaign for this collection in the fall of 2014. We
have furthered our collaboration with the Concordia library again this year with the launch of
CP’s first book! Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism is now available
through CLUES in the both the Vanier and Webster Libraries' regular collections, and is waiting
to be picked up and read by anyone interested.

RESEARCH AND ARCHIVAL VIEWING LIBRARY
Finally, the members of Cinema Politica Concordia have also continued to work on
organizing RAVL, The Research and Archival Viewing Library, which has been an on-going
special project of CP Concordia for the past couple of years. RAVL aims to make a wide
collection of previously-screened documentary films available to the Concordia community. As
of now over 40 films have been digitized, and will soon be available to be viewed in our office
space and viewing library at H-733-01, 1455 de Maisonneuve, upon special request and strictly
for research purposes. During the 2013-2014 year, CP members have mainly focused on
acquiring and setting up viewing equipment, including a secondary TV which will screen
subtitled documentaries on mute in the communal space outside of our office during lunch hours.
In addition, work was also done to create promotional materials and to develop a feasible sign-up
system for the project. We hope to finalize these plans for the fall 2014 school semester, and
launch RAVL officially for the upcoming year.

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INTERNS:
VIDEOGRAPHERS
An essential part of our mandate is to provide unique internship opportunities for credit for
Concordia undergraduate and graduate students in order for them to build on their professional
skills and gain valuable work experience in a non-profit setting. This year we provided two
internships for students in Communication Studies and in the Mel Hoppenheim School of
Cinema. As videographers, they attended and recorded all of our special screenings with
speakers in attendance, interviewed local filmmakers and guests, produced short videos, promo
clips and ads for Cinema Politica Concordia.
TRANSLATORS
We also developed our collaboration with the Départment d’études françaises and set up a
translation internship program for students in the department. Students are responsible for
translating and subtitling film and video work by independent filmmakers with limited funding
whose work is screening throughout the Cinema Politica Network.
VOLUNTEERS:
VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT
Once again, Cinema Politica Concordia faced the yearly hurdle of recruiting a new set of
dedicated and loyal volunteers, as many regulars from the previous year had either graduated or
taken on extra commitments. To this end, Cinema Politica Concordia sent out a call for
volunteers in the e-newsletter, advertised with the CSU, and participated in many orientation
fairs and events to introduce the organization to new students. We followed this up with a
Volunteer Orientation Meeting on September 11th. This year volunteer recruitment and
coordination was organized by Cinema Politica Concordia’s Assistant Coordinator, Rachel
Prudhomme, who facilitated volunteer commitment and activity. Throughout the two semesters,
CP Concordia continued to actively recruit new volunteers, most of which regularly attended and
helped out at our weekly screenings during both semesters. Volunteers were from a variety of
backgrounds and age groups, and came from both within and outside of the Concordia
community.
VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Cinema Politica Concordia largely runs on the support of its volunteers, whose main
responsibilities are running our weekly screenings and helping with promotions. Within the
scope of our weekly screenings, volunteers are responsible for setting up and taking down the
Cinema Politica table, collecting donations, distributing schedules and flyers, circulating the enewsletter signup sheet, calculating audience attendance, and circulating the microphones during
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Q&A sessions. Volunteers also help to set up and run our weekly collaborator’s table, the Co-op
Bookstore. Apart from relying on volunteers for the smooth running of our weekly screenings,
CP Concordia also relies on volunteers to help spread awareness about the organization and our
individual events. This task involves the distribution of schedules throughout the year, handing
out flyers and putting up posters, as well as being responsible for our weekly tabling sessions in
Concordia’s Hall Building. In addition, volunteers provided support to many of our collaborators
and co-presenters, for example by distributing schedules for both RIDM and FNC.
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION
Cinema Politica Concordia made sure to honor the hard work of its volunteers by hosting
several special volunteer appreciation get-togethers throughout the 2013-2014 year. Each
semester, our volunteer coordinator organized group outings and activities to thank them for their
hard work. In the fall semester we had a Cinema Politica Christmas party to usher in the
holidays, while in the winter a dim sum and skating outing was organized to celebrate another
successful year of progressive documentary screenings, civic engagement and volunteer-run
activities at Cinema Politica Concordia.
BIG THANKS GO OUT TO OUR:
a. WORKER-BEES
i. Programmer/co-founder: Ezra Winton
ii. Coordinator/co-founder: Svetla Turnin
iii. Assistant Coordinator: Rachel Prudhomme
iv. Assistant Coordinator: Lorenzo Signoretti
b. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
i. Liz Miller
ii. Svetla Turnin
iii. Shannon Harris
iv. Veronique Allard
v. Arshad Khan
c. VOLUNTEERS
Tina Gelsomini, Shui Kay Ma, Marina Serrao, Diandra Soares, Sydney Hall, Elsa
Donovan, Mamoun Bennani, Lala Oyegun, Manolo Arciniegas, Ana Castillo
Mendez, Keli Chui, and Babak Sabooniha,.
d. INTERS
Summer 2013: Pierre-Luc Jeunet
Fall 2013: Florence Pelletier, Alexandra Beauchemin and William Stafford-Coyte
Winter 2014: Sarah Moghadas, Lilian Schmetterling and Adam Abbouaccar
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e. COLLABORATORS
i. Sustainability Action Fund
ii. Concordia Council on Student Life
iii. Concordia Food Coalition
iv. QPIRG Concordia
v. Inspirit Foundation
vi. Documentary Organization of Canada
vii. Concordia Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
viii. Festival du nouveau cinéma
ix. International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal North America
x. Amnesty International
xi. Council of Canadians Montreal
xii. Festival de films Massimadi Montréal
xiii. Queer Concordia
xiv. Kabir Centre
xv. Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema
xvi. Concordia HIV/AIDS Lecture Series
xvii.
Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal
xviii.
Climate Justice Montreal
xix. Black History Month Montréal
xx. Barrier Lake Solidarity
xxi. Concordia Greenhouse
xxii.
Canada Council for the Arts
xxiii.
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
xxiv.
Haiti Action Montreal
xxv.
Tadamon!
xxvi.
Israeli Apartheid Week Montreal
xxvii.
Planner’s Network
xxviii.
Urban Planning Association at Concordia
xxix.
Institut de politiques alternatives de Montréal
xxx.
School of Community and Public Affairs Student Association
xxxi.
Geography Undergraduate Student Society Concordia
xxxii.
Teesri Dunya Theatre
xxxiii.
Ciné Guefla
xxxiv.
Howl Arts Collective
xxxv.
Concordia Documentary Centre
f. ACCOMPLICES
i. Concordia University Co-op Bookstore
ii. CKUT Radio
iii. Concordia University Television (CUTV)
iv. CJLO
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