Rebel Films @ Toronto

Toronto Socialist Action presents

Rebel Films: Spring 2018

This series is dedicated to the memory of Carrie Lester (1959-2018).

Info on Rebel Films in Victoria, BC:

The Hunting Ground

Friday, March 9 7 p.m. @ OISE room 5-150

1hr 43min, 2016

From the makers of The Invisible War (2012) comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups and the devastating toll they take on students and their families. Weaving together verité footage and first-person testimonies, the film follows the lives of several undergraduate assault survivors as they attempt to pursue – despite incredible push back, harassment, and traumatic aftermath – both their education and justice.

Guest speaker: t.b.a.


Gulistan, Land of Roses

Friday, March 16 7 p.m. @ OISE room 5-150

1hr 26min, 2016

They belong to the armed wing of the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is also an active guerrilla movement. The mission of these female fighters? Defend Kurdish territory in Iraq and Syria, and defeat ISIS, all while embodying a revolutionary ideal advocating female empowerment. As filmmaker Zaynê Akyol follows their highly regimented lives, seasoned fighters like Rojen and Sozdar openly share with us their most intimate thoughts and dreams. The film exposes the hidden face of this war: the female, feminist face of a revolutionary group united by a common vision of freedom.

Guest speaker: Dogan Dogan, born in the Turkish occupied Northwestern Kurdistan, is a political activist living in Toronto who did humanitarian relief work in Kurdistan in 2012 and 2013.


Colonization Road

Friday, March 23 7 p.m. @ OISE room 5-150

49 minutes, 2016 and Oka Crisis

A study of the relationship between the First Nations and the Government of Canada. Treaties were created and agreed upon but different governments often took away land from the Indians without compensation. The colonial governments took actions to make the native people be more like us but, as happened in many colonies around the world, that did not happen successfully.

Guest speaker: Kookomis Jacqi, Ojibwe grandmother and Elder at OISE Indigenous Studies Department.


Human Flow

Thursday, March 29 7 p.m. OISE room 3-311

2h 20min, 2017

Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration, its staggering scale and its profoundly personal human impact. Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey.

Guest speaker: t.b.a.


The Young Karl Marx

Friday, April 6 7 p.m., @ OISE room 5-150

118 minutes, 2017, Subtitles

26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist’s son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police’s repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.

Guest speaker: Stephen Ellis, an anti-racism and BDS activist, is also a lawyer in the field of human rights.


Venezuela, The Shadow Agenda

Friday, April 13 7 p.m. OISE room 5-150

40 minutes, 2017

Ospina’s documentary helps us understand why Venezuela has been in the news around the world for a long time now. Its take differs from the mainstream corporate media and is based on the interviews conducted with a variety of individuals from different walks of life. It also offers a perspective of the way US administration has shown interest in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

Guest speaker: Luis Acuna Cedeno, Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in Ottawa.


  • Each of the films in this series will be preceded by a brief introduction, and will be followed by a commentary, and an open floor discussion period.
  • OISE, U of Toronto, is at 252 Bloor Street West, above the St. George Subway Station.
  • Everyone is welcome. $4 donation is requested.