CineSeries – Shoplifters – March 6


March 30, 2016

When: Wednesday, March 6, 7:30pm
Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

Japan, 2018, Drama, 121 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Principal Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki,

Miyu Sasaki, Jyo Kairi


The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but Shoplifters is much more. Osamu (Lily Franky), a middle-aged man, and Shota (Kairi Jyo), a young boy, walk into a grocery store. They play it cool, not speaking but, rather, signalling to each other with their hands and eyes. One provides cover while the other snatches goods. They stroll out the door with a hidden bounty before anyone notices. Osamu and Shota then find four-year-old Juri (Miyu Sasaki) freezing on a balcony and take her back to their poor but happy home. And though Osamu’s wife doesn’t want another mouth to feed, any plans to return Juri to her parents are given the kibosh after signs of abuse are discovered on the little girl’s body. If they’re not demanding a ransom, how could this be a kidnapping?



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CIGI Cinema Series: Dawnland – Feb 20

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March 30, 2016

Wed, 20 February 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
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CIGI Campus Auditorium
67 Erb St. W.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2
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About Dawnland

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.

In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.

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Film Partnership logos

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Grand River Film Festival, and THEMUSEUM to deliver public film screening events throughout the year.

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Each year, GRFF relies on volunteer film enthusiasts to present a festival of great film and programs. People are needed to assist in all areas of the festival – there is a role for everyone! As ambassadors for both the Festival and the Region of Waterloo, being pleasant, helpful and professional are key requirements for a GRFF volunteer.

Even though you are helping us out immensely, volunteering can also benefit you! These benefits can include real life skills for your resumé, tickets to GRFF screenings, the fabulous experience of taking part in a film festival, and high school community service hours.

If you are interested in lending your time and talents to GRFF, email for further information.

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Opportunities for 2017 include:

Fundraising Committee Members 
Role includes:
 attendance at meetings and active in planning/implementing the fundraising strategy. Great for those who are professional, out-going, comfortable talking on the phone and in-person, have a strong command of the English language, and respect confidentiality with information gathered. Experienced in Excel and Word a must.

Box Office – Be where the action happens – and keep track of it too!
Role includes: cash management, ticket sales, complimentary ticket and waitlist coordination, cash reconciliation, provide general information for festival events. Great for those who love interacting with the public and are good with numbers.

Theatre Ushers – The welcoming face of the festival!
Role includes: ticket taker, assist guests into the theatre, coordinate wait lines, provide general information for festival events, hand out surveys/film guides. Great for those who enjoy interacting with the public and providing a exceptional service.

Special Events – The life of the party!
Role includes: Set up, clean up, break down, hospitality, coat check, ticket taker, food and beverage service, bussing. Great for those who can shift from one job to the next and have a keen eye for detail.

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March 30, 2016

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The Grand River Film Festival prints 3,000 programme guides each year, distributed before the festival, to various downtown locations and organizations across Waterloo Region. By advertising with GRFF, your organization will reach a community of loyal film fans and film industry professionals. 

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NEW DATE – If Beale Street Could Talk – CineSeries – March 27


March 30, 2016

 Wednesday, February 6, 7:30pm


Where: Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge Centre
355 Hespeler Rd., Cambridge
See Map: Google Maps

USA, 2018, Drama, 117 minutes, English, 18A

Director: Barry Jenkins

Principal Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King

CANCELLED – Due to weather conditions, we’re sorry to announce that tonight’s film screening has been cancelled. Any tickets purchased will be refunded. Please allow 48 hours for refund. We look forward to seeing you March 6 for our next CineSeries screening of the award winning film SHOPLIFTERS.



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Youth Video Competition


March 30, 2016

Once again, the City of Kitchener and the Kitchener Public Library,
are hosting a competition for youth ages 12-25 to submit short videos
or films. This is an exciting opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to
express their creativity, win prizes, have their videos showcased in
the community and meet film industry professionals.Please share this news with students or young people that have a
passion for film

•Three age categories:  12-14,   15-17,    18-25
•Six winners receive $300 cash prizes each; Honourable Mentions also
win prizes
•Submission deadline: March 29, 2019, 5 p.m.
•Winners and Honourable Mentions will have the opportunity to have
their films screened before live audiences at the Grand River Film
Festival in May 2019.

Find the submission form and learn more about the contest at or contact me directly with any
Karoline Varin Program Administrator
Arts & Creative Industries| Economic Development | City of Kitchener
519.741.2200 ext.7912

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