Cinema Politica was started as a small screening series in 2001 at Langara College in British Colombia. Founder Ezra Winton teamed up with Svetla Turnin in 2003 at Concordia University in Montreal and revamped the screenings into a media arts non-profit network. Now, Cinema Politica has more than 100 locals across Canada and abroad, hosting grassroots screenings of documentaries and politically conscious Canadian films through donation. They are now the largest volunteer run campus and community screening network in the world.
Supported through individual donations and the Canadian Council on the Arts, Cinema Politica is able to help indie Canadian film makers get their movies about oppression, resistance and radical politics out to the people. Many of these films, much like the organization itself, are ignored by mainstream media.
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