Tuesday, October 20, 2009



Sunday, October 25, 7 pm
Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver
(corner of Clark & E. Georgia)


Written and directed by Courtney Hunt, USA, 2008, 97 minutes

Just before Christmas near a border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec, two women - one white, one Mohawk - are faced with desperate circumstances. Ray Eddy (Melissa Leo) is struggling to raise two sons alone after her gambling-addicted husband disappears with the family’s car. Working part-time for minimum wage at the Yankee Dollar store, Ray witnesses a Mohawk woman driving the missing vehicle. When she tries to retrieve the car from Lila Littlewolf (Misty Upham), Ray is drawn into helping smuggle immigrants into the U.S. across a frozen river. Nominated for two Academy awards, Frozen River raises crucial questions: Does the river mark a genuine boundary between Canada and the U.S., or is it simply part of the Mohawk Nation geography? Can the common struggle for economic survival overcome historic barriers of racism and prejudice? Can a human being be “illegal”?

A collection will be taken during this Left Film Night towards the legal defence of indigenous environmental campaigner John Graham. Accused in the 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Aquash, John Graham was extradited from Vancouver to stand trial in South Dakota, despite the lack of any credible evidence against him. For updates, visit www.grahamdefense.org.

No charge for admission; donations welcome. Coffee and refreshments available. Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East and Montivero Clubs of the Communist Party of Canada. Call 604-255-2041 or email for further information.

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