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Canada's Top Ten: Luk'Luk'I

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Join us for a special Canada's Top Ten Film Festival screening of Wayne Wapeemukwa's Luk'Luk'I, along with an introduction and Q&A.

Nationalism gets a reality check in Wayne Wapeemukwa's uncompromising debut feature, an expansion of his 2014 short of the same name, following the lives of five Vancouverites living on society's fringes during the 2010 Olympics.

The film takes us into uncharted territory, perched somewhere between fiction we must see and documentary we wish didn't exist. As with Wapeemukwa's short films, many of the actors play characters based on their own experiences: a mother and part-time sex worker; a father juggling parenting and his landscaping job with a heroin addiction; a larger-than-life street celebrity who roller-skates around town; an addict who, consistently failed by the system, has recurring visions of being taken away to another world; and a man with a physical impairment who is just trying to make it on his own and get to the hockey finals.

These vulnerable five form a community that stands in stark contrast to the glittering backdrop of the Olympics. Highly impactful in demonstrating what a country chooses to believe in and how it acts in reality, Luk'Luk'I is a cinematic punch in the gut and one of the most interestingly constructed films of the year.

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