“National Canadian Film Day 150 is a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. On April 19, 2017, great Canadian movies will be available on air, online and on foot at over 1,700 screenings in cinemas, libraries, public squares and anywhere you can show a film. With free events happening across every province and territory, many involving Canadian film talent, NCFD 150 — a Canada 150 Signature Project — promises to be the largest film festival in the world. Ever.
Presented by REEL CANADA, an organization that has been introducing Canadian film to high school students and new Canadians since 2005, NCFD 150 is a tremendous opportunity for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to gather and enjoy the wealth of work by our nation’s storytellers. With the help of partners and audiences in every corner of the country — including TIFF’s great Canada On Screen project which will present 150 screenings across the country on the day — NCFD 150 will put Canadian cinema and our unique nation in an unprecedented spotlight.” – About NCFD 150
On April 19th at 7pm, Film Brockville will be hosting a free screening of ‘Water’ at the Brockville Galaxy as part of this nation-wide event.
Set in the late 1930s against the backdrop of Gandhi’s non-violent protests and campaign to better the condition of women, Water takes place in an ashram where widows both old and young (including a girl of seven) are sent to live out their lives in austerity after the deaths of their husbands. When a beautiful young widow (Lisa Ray) who had been forced into prostitution by the ashram’s imperious overseer begins an affair with a wealthy follower of Gandhi, the stage is set for tragedy. At once intimate and epic, Water was a substantial commercial success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.