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Join us for a special evening with Italian filmmaker Ruggero Romano for a screening of his film V6A, followed by a Q&A - ALL HUMANS WELCOME
Ruggero has called Vancouver home since 2016 and, witnessing the struggle of homelessness, poverty and addiction in his adopted city, was moved to make a film about the inhabitants of postal code V6A: the area commonly known as the Downtown Eastside. Designed to challenge expectations and inspire locals to think about their fellow citizens in a new light, V6A is also an unexpected celebration of the resilience and beauty of the human spirit.
In the search for truth and authenticity, the film explores human nature in its fight against the toughest, often man-made odds by questioning the definition of "Home".
We will have snacks and drinks for purchase and partial proceeds will benefit 2 Paycheques Away - a nonprofit that provides free haircuts to those from the DTES who are re-entering the workforce. Over the past 18 months Alysha Osbourne, the resident barber at Working Gear, and Mihailo Subotic, of Snap Edit Show Photography, have been documenting the before and afters of those men and women.
Don't miss this night of compassion, awareness and discussion.
About the filmmaker - Native to the European province of Piedmont in Italy, Ruggero Romano is a documentary filmmaker based in Vancouver, where he hosts his film talk show/podcast “Room Tone The Radio Show”. After moving to Vancouver in the pursuit of his dreams, Ruggero graduated from Vancouver Film School and dedicated himself to authentic stories that embrace the beauty of the human spirit. It’s after a multitude of documentaries with the Native community in British Columbia, that Ruggero decided to raise the unheard voices of Downtown Eastside Vancouver and release his debut feature documentary “V6A”, with the purpose to inspire locals to think differently about the community that colours one of the most controversial postal codes in North America.
If you ever spot Ruggero, he will likely be waving his arms every which way speaking randomized Italian phrases. Quite loudly as well. He likes to be ever so provocative, a word in conversation with him is not only hammered home, but nailed to the front door in great enthusiasm and frivolity. A keen traveler of both the world and the mind who owns an unwavering demeanor. He simply loves Life!