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Friday March 2nd

What the Health

7:00 pm Sat. Mar. 2nd at Star Hall
1 hr. 37 min.

Directed/Written by: Kip Andersen & Keegan Kuhn

What the Health Poster

The film follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it. With heart disease and cancer the leading causes of death in America, and diabetes at an all-time high, the film reveals possibly the largest health cover-up of our time. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, What the Health exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping us sick.

Join Kip as he tracks down the leading and most trusted American health nonprofits to find out why these groups are staying silent, despite a growing body of evidence. Audiences will be shocked to learn the insidious roles played by pharmaceutical companies, agribusiness, and processed animal food companies in the nation’s health, especially in the most vulnerable communities, and will cheer at the transformation and recovery of those who took their lives into their own hands.


Radiance (Japanese: Hikari)

8:50 pm Fri. Mar. 2nd at Star Hall
1 hr. 41


A passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired meets an older photographer, who is slowly losing his eyesight. In his photographs, she discovers an odd connection to her past, and together they discover a radiant world that until now was not visible to Misako's eyes.

It is through poetry that this masterpiece allows us to pay more attention, to watch and listen to the world around us. The film allows for new conversations and inspires a broadening of the mind to understand others better. Hikari explores the responsibility, resilience, hope, and the possibility, even for those in the dark, to see the light.


“A subtle reflection on Naomi Kawase’s own art”


“Radiance is a strong competition film from Naomi Kawase and one of my favourites at #Cannes2017”

Saturday March 3rd  

7:00pm Sat. March 3rd at Star Hall:
61 minutes

Ethiopia Rising
Director: Mark Dodd

Writers: Mark Dodd, Ashley Norton
Director: Mark Dodd

A new feature documentary from the award-winning maker of
‘The Man Who Stopped the Desert’

 Ethiopia has so changed; there is amazing commitment, local movements, and people providing their own food in some of the most difficult terrains. Ethiopia of the 80's is long gone.

Ethiopia Rising is the story of the phenomenal environmental transformation of a nation told through the experience of one man, Aba Hawi, who mobilised an entire community to egenerate the surrounding hillsides, and in so doing saved his village from certain extinction.


8:20pm Sat. March 3rd at Star Hall:
1 hour 26 minutes minutes

Unarmed Versus

Written and Directed by
Charles Officer

Produced by
Lea Marin

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Director of Photography
Mike McLaughlin

Andres Landau

Editorial Consultant
Ricardo Acosta

Sound Recordist
Mike Filippov

Original Music Composed by

This feature documentary presents a thoughtful and vivid portrait of a community facing imposed relocation. At the centre of the story is the remarkable, astute and luminous 12-year-old Francine Valentine, whose poignant observations about life, the soul, and the power of art give voice to those rarely heard in society. Unarmed Verses is a cinematic rendering of our universal need for self-expression and belonging.

  • Best Canadian Feature Documentary Hot Docs 2017

  • Best Canadian DocumentaryVancouver International Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionEBS International Documentary Festival 2017

  • Rogers Audience Choice Award Regent Park Film Festival 2017

  • People's Choice Award 2017 Canada's Top Ten Film Festival - TIFF
Sunday March 4th  

7:00pm Sun. March 4th at Star Hall:
15 minutes


The happy security guard drives a new "Smart" car which he won at the lottery. For him this mini-car, tied up by a ribbon, is his life’s triumph! The man wants to share the joy of his victory, but his "super prize" doesn't inspire just anybody.


Teli & Toli

7:30 pm Sun. Mar. 4th at Star Hall
1 hr. 30 min


Director : Aleksandr Amirov

Screenplay : Vladimir Gutnov, Anatoly Dzivayev, Olga Pogodina

Cinematographer : Pyotr Dukhovskoy

Producers : Natalia Ivanova, Maria Ksinopulo

Teli & Toli

This down-to-earth story that takes place in the mountains of North Caucasus, between two adjacent villages – Ossetian Toli and Georgian Teli – tells us about simple and naïve people that governments try to divide today by an official state border. These people wish to live in peace and harmony, in spite of ethnic differences, as their ancestors lived for hundreds of years. They are accustomed to solve all the conflicts peacefully, following Caucasian customs – around a great table, with wine and songs…

The action takes place in one of the mountain gorges of Central Caucasus Ridge, where two villages peacefully coexisted since times immemorial, one of them Toli, inhabited by Ossetians, another one Teli, inhabited by Georgians. Two abandoned villages, without gas or electricity, and now divided by state border that follows a shallow river Aragavka. In Teli lives a 70-year-old Georgian Kakhi Kipiani, his wife Sofiko, their grandson Gocha and a lonely shepherd Shaliko. The only people left in Toli are an Ossetian widower Bazi Kesayev, of the same age with Kakhi and his good friend, his granddaughter Satinik and a shepherd Valiko. Both Ossetians and Georgians, used to their way of life, cannot accept the border that divides them. The only thing they still share are a cemetery and a small church. The village dwellers have been long considered ‘strange people’ by people from outside and, in their turn, the villagers do not trust those that they call ‘valley people’. The border is guarded from the Georgian side by Lieutenant Gogi Pirtzkhalava of Georgian Police and from the Russian side by the Private Maksim Ivanov.

The beautiful nature of Caucasus is very important from the dramaturgic point of view, and the objects were chosen very carefully. Finally a decision was taken to shoot the film in the best pearl of Caucasus, the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, generously endowed by the nature with inaccessible mountains, impetuous mountain rivers, boundless forests and rich history.

It is an important project of interregional importance that will tell about patriotism, respect and preservation of the national traditions of the peoples of Northern Caucasus. At the 20th Kinoshok Film Festival, the screenplay was awarded the Prize of the Inter-State Foundation of Humanitarian Cooperation of CIS States





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