Welcome to Stittsville Rotary International Film Series
Welcome Film Lovers!
The Stittsville Rotary International Film Series is thrilled to continue in-person film screenings to Landmark Theatre Kanata in the Winter and Spring 2023 with a four-film series:
Broker                                                      February 27, 2023 
Emily                                                         March 27, 2023 
No Bears                                                  April 28, 2023 
The Territory                                         May 29,2023 
Each of these four films will be shown at two times, 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $60 for each four-film pass.   
Film Descriptions

February 27:  Broker (South Korean)

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda (Palme d'Or for Shoplifters) traveled to South Korea to film this story about two men who find homes for babies left in "baby boxes" by women who cannot care for them.  Ha Sang-hyeon, played by Song Kang-ho (Parasite) is the owner of a laundry shop, who also volunteers at a local church.  He and his partner, Dong-soo, sell these babies on the adoption market.  This appalling practise is the central theme of a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of these two men, and a mother who returns to reclaim her baby.  As one reviewer noted, this movie shouldn't work.  But it does.  Kore-eda "understands that unimaginable life decisions aren't made easily."  This film tells the story of people who work together to help each other out of very difficult situations. 

March 27:  Emily (British)

Fans of the Brontë sisters and of gothic fables will enjoy this atmospheric portrait of Emily Brontë, the author of Wuthering Heights.  In this film Emily, known in the village as "the strange one", spends her days roaming the lush moorland near her home, and exchanging stories with her romantic but dissolute brother Branwell.  In her directorial debut, Frances O'Connor paints a portrait of an antiheroine who is prepared to flaunt conventions and lead a short, but eventful life in her home village of Haworth. One critic describes the film as a "sensually imaginative dive" into the life of the Wuthering Heights author.  While the film takes some liberties with the real life story of Emily, it delivers a spectacularly beautiful and memorable experience.

April  24:  No Bears (Iranian)

Film series subscribers were introduced to Iranian film-making in the fall series with Hit The Road, written and directed by Panah Panahi.  For the winter series, we have selected a film made by his father, Jafar Panahi, recipient of top prizes at the Venice and Berlin film festivals.  In July 2022, Panahi was sentenced to six years' imprisonment by the Iranian judiciary.  When he created No Bears, he was already under a film-making and travel ban.  But the defiant Panahi has not been silenced.  In No Bears, Panahi plays himself, directing a film remotely from a village (Joban) near the Turkish border, while at the same time filming day-to-day activities within the village. Panahi's film crew is across the Iranian border in Turkey, creating a film that focuses on Bakhtiar and Zara, a couple trying to flee Iran for Paris.  Meanwhile, in Joban Panahi is drawn into a local dispute among the villagers that focuses on a dispute between two men who are both attempting to marry a local girl.  In No Bears, we witness the conflict between modern practices and ancient superstitions,  and the result is sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic. This film has already won the special jury prize at Venice, and the award for cinematic bravery at the Chicago International Film Festival.

May 29:  The Territory (National Geographic Documentary)

Brazil has been in the news recently as violence has erupted following the defeat of former President Jair Bolsonaro. This documentary focuses on a three-year period beginning in 2018 when Bolsonaro was elected President.  In one of his campaign speeches Bolsonaro declared that, with his election, "there won't be one more inch of Indigenous reserve".  In response, lndigenous peoples living in "The Territory" (a 7,000-square-mile region in the state of Rondộnia) organized to protest the seizure of their land by settler farmers,  The filmmakers refer to "The Territory" as "an island of rainforest surrounded by farms".    It is the sovereign land of the Uru-eu-wau-wau and other Indigenous groups.  The Uru-eu-wau-wau partnered with cinematographer Alex Pritz in the making of this striking and compelling documentary that follows the struggles  between the Uru-Eu-Wau-Wau and the settlers.   

We look forward to sharing this year’s International Film Series with you and hope you will enjoy the selections.
Please note that these films have mature themes, and are not suitable for young children.
                       Passes are limited!  Contact using emails listed below:
If you are interested in buying these film passes, please contact:

                        Charles Mossman by e-mail at charcz@yahoo.com. for 4:00 p.m. passes
                        Elke Harder at Elke@EFHarder.com for 7:00 p.m. passes 
Sponsor for this year are Laurysen Kitchens Ltd and the Royal Band of Canada. Their generous support gives our series a sound financial footing.
The profits from the International Film Series support a variety of Rotary club projects and donations within our community and around the world.  Some of the organizations that have received recent financial support from our club are Chrysalis House women’s shelter, Stittsville Food Bank, Richmond Food Bank, the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (in support of Afghanistan, Syrian, and now Ukrainian refugees), Canadian Women for Women of Afghanistan, and ShelterBox (a Rotary International affiliate that provides temporary housing for refugees, including those from Ukraine).
If you’d like to be on our mailing list to find out about future films or just want more information, email us at stittsvillerotary@hotmail.com.
Please click on the links below to read about the history of the Stittsville Rotary International Film Series or to see the films we have screened in prior years.
The Stittsville Rotary International Film Series gratefully acknowledges our partnership with Film Circuit, presented by TIFF, and its sponsors. For more information about Film Circuit and to view a full list of their sponsors, please visit http://tiff.net/filmcircuit.