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Bones of Contention

  • Plaza Theatre 1133 Kensington Road Northwest Calgary, AB, T2N 3P3 Canada (map)

75 min | Directed by Andrea Weiss

“Bones of Contention” is the first nonfiction feature film to explore the theme of historical memory in Spain, focusing on the repression of lesbians and gays under Franquismo. Lining the roads of Spain, masked by miles and miles of pine trees, are unmarked graves in which over a hundred twenty thousand victims of the Franco regime are buried. Today the families of the desaparecidos lead a grassroots effort to uncover and identify the bones of their loved ones, despite opposition from the Spanish government….The film weaves together two strands, the historical memory movement’s campaign to uncover the past, and the search for the hidden lives of lesbians and gays under Franco. These strands are connected through the figure of Spain’s most famous poet, Federico García Lorca…. The mystery of his missing remains and the debates over their significance provide the narrative spine of the documentary, as he has become the symbol today for both the historical memory movement and the LGBT movement.

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(Shorts before the Film)

Bayard and Me

16 min | Directed by Matt Wolf

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections.


(Short before the Film)

The Streets Are Ours

16 min | Directed by Michelle Fiordaliso

Two Lives Cross in Karachi is a short documentary film that contains the final interview with Pakistani activist Sabeen Mahmud, conducted just two months before she was brutally murdered.


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Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 9:00 PM

The Naked Leaf
#4 - 1126 Kensington Road NW
Calgary, AB