Lost in Africa

screens: 
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 15:00
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 10:00
location: 
Vancity Theatre
1181 SEYMOUR STREET (Sunday Screening)
Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 HOWE ST (Tuesday Screening)
tickets: 
$8 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Director: 
Vibeke Muasya
length: 
92min
year: 
2010
country: 
Denmark

Original title: Kidnappet
Eleven-year-old Simon travels with his Danish mother to his birth country, Kenya. Chasing his soccer ball, he gets lost in a large city-slum. In his trendy shoes and fancy clothes, he clearly stands out, but after he gets mugged, he looks like any other African boy. After his mom, Susanne, goes to the media promising a reward, he becomes a hunted boy, desperate for friends he can trust. In English and Danish with English subtitles.
Themes: survival, friendship, adventure, social class, international relations, and adoption.
Recommended for grades 6-10/ ages 12+
Join us for a FREE animation workshop with instructor Elisa Chee from 10:00-3:00.

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Director's Bio: 
Born 1959, Denmark. Writer, director, choreographer and dancer, Vibeke Muasya has directed and produced several documentaries and short fiction films since 1999. As a soloist dancer and choreographer she toured European Theaters extensively during the nineties. She had a command performance for The Queen of Denmark with "Nordic Light" at Fredensborg Castle in 1996, and was selected by the Nordic Cultural Counsel to develop the art of videodance and interactive dance leading to a praised exhibition at Digital Dance in London in 1997 with her work "The Kitchen Sink". Vibeke presently serves as the second artistic director of the Blankenship Ballet in Los Angeles. Vibeke Muasya is a active member of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Her deep familiarity with East African tribes and lifestyle has been earned from living on a mountaintop in the Mubuni Hills south of Nairobi. She shoots the traditional Kamba bow and arrow, which is rare for a woman. She has worked with the Nairobi National Theatre since 1995. Out of Africa is her first feature film. Filmography: Stoffers Øjeblik (2002) was winner of Odense's Youth Jury and screened in Toronto's Sprockets festival. Birds of Passage (2001) received a Prix Europa nomination and was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination. Benji's African Adventure (1999) ran in the BUSTER competition and Amsterdam Kids & Docs and Toronto Sprockets. Tulip Night (1999) was winner of the Silver Award at Rotterdam.