Virtual Film Screening Series
The Blue Cabin’s virtual film series explores local and national histories from Indigenous, Chinese-Canadian, environmental, archival and activist perspectives. From classic and contemporary NFB films to award-winning BC filmmakers, wind down your Thursdays by joining us for these extraordinary films from the comfort of your own home!
Thursday, June 25th, 2020: The Rankin File: Legacy of a Radical (2018) + Q&A with Director Teresa Alfeld
Vancouver, 1986: The Expo World’s Fair has just ended and the future of the city is at stake. Harry Rankin — World War II veteran, criminal lawyer, city councillor and outspoken socialist — is poised to become mayor of the city he has fought so hard to make liveable and affordable but is caught off guard by a young, right-wing upstart named Gordon Campbell vying to steer Vancouver in a different direction.
Decades later, director Teresa Alfeld dusts off reels of 16mm footage in Harry’s son’s basement to finish a documentary started by lawyer-turned-filmmaker-turned-lawyer Peter Smilsky many years before. The Rankin File chronicles Harry’s nearly fifty-year career fighting for and with the working-class and marginalized communities of Vancouver. Today, the Blue Cabin is moored on the north side of False Creek at the Plaza of Nations, a development built for Expo ’86, and a neighbourhood where Harry Rankin had hoped the city would build affordable housing.
Join us from home for a special virtual screening of this remarkable documentary and a live post-screening Q&A with director Teresa Alfeld! This event is free but registration is required. Register by noon on Thursday, June 25th, to receive the screening link. Register via this link.