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2016-04-03

Transgender Parents a Cinema Politica Network film screening presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) & The Youth Project (45min, Canada, 2014) Sunday April 3rd @ 3PM The Company House FREE!!!

Transgender Parents reveals the gifts trans people bring to parenting because of, and not in spite of, their gender. It’s an intimate and tender look at the art of parenting, some of the hardest relational work in this life. A film by Rémy Huberdeau.

Transgender Parents is about love, life and kids after a gender transition. It shares the struggles and strengths of several trans women and trans men navigating different stages of parenting: from pregnancy, through raising infants, toddlers and teenagers. Some, who transitioned prior to founding their families, experience fertility clinics and hospital births; others, who transitioned in the presence of their kids work to renegotiate their identity and relationships within their families.

TRAILER: www.transgenderparentsdoc.com WEBSITE: http://www.transgenderparentsdoc.com/

Following the screening will be a panel discussion hosted by Kate Shewan. Kate is the Executive Director of The Youth Project, a youth driven non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and services to youth, 25 and under, around issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. Kate also serves as treasurer of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, and previously served as Chair of the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, where she was involved in a number of successful trans rights initiatives. Originally from New Zealand, Kate has lived in Canada for over twenty years and in Nova Scotia for the last eight years. She is a parent of three teenagers.

VESSEL a Cinema Politica Network screening presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) & South House (88min, USA, 2015) Sunday April 3rd @ 7PM The Company House #FREE!!!

A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

TRAILER: vesselthefilm.com/#trailer WEBSITE: http://vesselthefilm.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/VesseltheFilm

Following the screening there will be a moderated discussion about access to abortion in the maritimes hosted by South House. www.southhousehalifax.ca

Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is presenting 5 documentary films from April 3rd to 6th. All at The Company House, all #FREE!!! Check out the others films: Til the Cows Come Home, Out In The Night, & Finding Dawn.

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.

Our panel is Raven Davis, Michael Davis - Cole, and Laura Sheperd.

Also check out our mini book fair! Venus Envy - Halifax will be on site with a selection of books for kids and youth!

Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is presenting 5 documentary films from April 3rd to 6th. All at The Company House, all #FREE!!! Check out the others films: VESSEL, Til The Cows Come Home, Out In The Night, & Finding Dawn

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.

2016-04-04

Til the Cows Come Home a Cinema Politica Network screening Presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) Monday April 4th @ 7PM The Company House FREE!!!

When Canada's Government takes the decision to transform the correctional system to one that puts punishment first, Canada's rehabilitative prison farms are one of the first casualties. A strong opposition forms towards the farm closures and for two days in the late summer of 2010, hundreds of angry protesters stand in front of Frontenac Prison Farm in the heart of Kingston, Ontario, ready to block cattle trucks brought in to remove the hundred-year-old prize dairy herd. The dramatic standoff between protesters and police lasts two days, through pouring rain and hot sun. Black-clad police arrest 24 people, the youngest 14 years old, the oldest, 85.

Til the Cows Come Home tells the story behind this extraordinary display of civil disobedience, filled with gripping confrontations and a cast of colourful characters, from irate farmers to passionate nuns to endearing ex-cons. It asks provocative questions about the Canadian government's hardening approach to criminal justice, food security....and democracy itself.

TRAILER: www.prisonfarmfilm.org WEBSITE: http://www.prisonfarmfilm.org/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/prisonfarmfilm/

There will be a post show talk on Canadian prisons with Ardath Whynacht.

Ardath is a feminist artist-scholar with roots in poetry and performance. She is a PhD? Candidate at Concordia University and holds a faculty appointment in Sociology at Mount Allison University. She is currently completing a participatory research-creation project with women living with the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Her work was most recently shown at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne and at the Social Studies of Science Exhibition in Denver, Colorado. She is a founding a member of Phin Performing Arts and maintains a solid commitment to rabble-rousing, mischief-making and boundary-disrupting creative work.

Check out some of Ardath's thoughts on the matter here: "What If Justice Was Something We Felt?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeXNkkqudI0

Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is presenting 5 documentary films from April 3rd to 6th. All at The Company House, all FREE!!! Check out the others films: Out In The Night, & Finding Dawn, Transgender Parents, VESSEL

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.

2016-04-05

OUT IN THE NIGHT a Cinema Politica Network screening Presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) Tuesday April 5th @ 7PM The Company House FREE!!!

Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians who are out, one hot August night in 2006, in the gay friendly neighborhood of New York City. They are all in their late teens and early twenties and come from a low-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. Two of the women are the focus – gender non-conforming Renata Hill, a single mother with a soft heart and keen sense of humor, and petite femme Patreese Johnson, a shy and tender poet. As they and their friends walk under the hot neon lights of tattoo parlors in the West Village, an older man sexually and violently confronts them. He says to Patreese “let me get some of that” as he points below her waist. When she says that they are gay, the man becomes violent and threatens to “fuck them straight”. He spits and throws a lit cigarette. Renata and Venice defend the group and a fight begins, captured by security cameras nearby. The man yanks out hair from Venice’s head and chokes Renata. Then, Patreese pulls a knife from her purse and swings at him. Strangers jump in to defend the women and the fight escalates. As the fight comes to an end, all get up and walk away. But 911 has been called and the man involved has been stabbed. Police swarm to the scene as their radios blast out warning of a gang attack. The women are rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder. Three of the women plead guilty. But Renata, Patreese, Venice and friend Terrain claim their innocence. They are called a “Gang of Killer Lesbians” by the media. In activist circles they become known as The New Jersey 4.

"This film could help influence the ongoing LGBT civil rights struggle. Everyone should see it." - RogerEbert?.com

"By giving us a glimpse into the human lives at stake in this high-profile case and confronting the complicated gray areas that fill in its background, this film begins to provide the nuance and understanding that the American justice system and media lack." - Bitch Magazine

"A Few Potential Oscar Contenders from the L.A. Film Fest" - LA Magazine

"Moving film that smartly makes this personal question universal" - The Examiner

“Out in the Night goes on to show ... black bodies are at risk everywhere, especially, as the film makes clear, ‘Out In The Night’.” – PopMatters?

TRAILER: http://www.outinthenight.com/ WEBSITE: http://www.outinthenight.com/

There will be a post show talk on Canadian prisons and reactions to the film with El Jones.

El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher. She was the two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement, and volunteers twice a week at Centerline Studio on the corner of Uniacke and Gottingen. El is current artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective and can be seen performing on the third Thursday of every month at the Company House at 2202 Gottingen Street in Word Iz Bond’s SPEAK! series, one of the oldest continually running spoken word series in Canada. She currently teaches at Saint Mary’s University in the sociology department. El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give voice to the voiceless.

Check out some of El's thoughts on the matter here: LINK TO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzK9eGejm6Q "El Jones | Voters of Canada"

Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) is presenting 5 documentary films from April 3rd to 6th. All at The Company House, all FREE!!! Check out the others films: VESSEL, Til The Cows Come Home, Finding Dawn, & Transgender Parents.

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and has gender neutral washrooms.

2016-04-06

FINDING DAWN a Cinema Politica Network screening Presented by Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) Wednesday April 6th @ 7PM The Company House FREE!!!

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention – and one which is surprisingly similar to the situation in Ciudad Juarez, on the other side of the U.S. border. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journey to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day. She begins at Vancouver’s skid row where more than 60 poor women disappeared and travels to the “Highway of Tears” in northern British Columbia where more than two dozen women (all but one Native) have vanished.

TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9C4D7TNbS4

Prior to Finding Dawn We'll be starting the evening off with a live performance and short film screening by Ravin Davis. Artist Raven Davis uses intermedia work and a live performance to respond to public acts of violence towards Indigenous women and culture on the comment pages of major outlets. Attendees of 'Finding Dawn' are invited to participate in the work by writing words, wishes or prayers for the missing and murdered Indigenous women and for those still in abusive relationships or situations. These expressions will be applied to the artist's regalia prior to the dance performance.

Raven Davis is an Indigenous, mixed race, 2-Spirit multidisciplinary artist and activist from the Anishnawbe (Ojibwa) Nation in Manitoba. Born and raised in Toronto and currently spends half their time living in Halifax. A parent of 3 son’s, Raven’s work spans from painting, performance, traditional song/dance, design, poetry and short film. Raven cleverly blends narratives of colonization, race and gender justice, 2-Spirit identity and the Anishinaabemowin language and culture into traditional and contemporary art forms.

Content Warning: Multiple forms of violence towards Indigenous women

2016-04-16

7-11pm "Music Connects Us"- Red Bear Healing Home Society Benefit featuring Jont and the Infinite Possibility and Woodsworthy. Indian Taco dinner included. Silent auction, 50/50 draw, drumming and more. Mi'kmaw Native Friendship Centre 2158 Gottingen Street Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3B4 (Doors open 6:45pm) $20

Advance tickets are available on Eventbrite and at the Good Food Emporium. More Information and/or Silent auction items can be donated by contacting (902) 448 -4774 or info@redbearhealinghome.ca.

Proceeds from this benefit will help fund Red Bear Connects free voicemail for people experiencing poverty in Nova Scotia. Red Bear Healing Home is a non-profit society, registered with the Province of Nova Scotia, assisting people who are experiencing social and/or economic disadvantages in Nova Scotia. Information, referrals, and services are provided to help people develop the capacity to sustain themselves by realizing their unique potential.

Donors: Joan Smith Reflexology; Woodland Garden Painting by Judy Arsenault; Chocolate New York purse Sweet Brier Boutique; print by Michael G. McCullough? Photography; The Bike Pedaler; Ingrid Cottenden painting; $500 of labour towards floor installation - Ralph Parker; Home Depot: Interlude Spa; Portland St. Creperie; Power Promotional; Sobeys; Alex Pfaff painting; Big Pony; Home Depot; Three Oracles Emarket, Trident Booksellers; Two If By the Sea Café, Community Y - One week summer day camp and more

Safe home service: we will walk people to their cars or wait with them at the bus stop

Eventbrite https://goo.gl/2uvyXx Benefit on Facebook https://goo.gl/dUW5cr Poster https://goo.gl/wd00WP