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The 27th Vancouver International Film Festival kicks off this week, and we've got tickets for you to attend one of two Tyee-sponsored screenings.

'Belonging' -- Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:45 p.m., Granville 7 Theatre

Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy are well-known to the VIFF audience as the directors of hard-hitting films on subjects like peak oil, the drug war failure, the wars in Iraq -- subjects primarily involving American foreign policy.

This is the first fully Canadian film production they have made since moving to Vancouver, but it also has global implications. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the Inuit-inflected Belonging leavens its informational load and scarifying message with dazzling shots of the Canadian Arctic and, ultimately, a very hopeful message. It serves as a primer on both how we got into this mess and what we can do about getting out of it. Belonging makes the refreshing argument that, as UBC professor Dr. William Rees puts it, “In many countries we now find that as incomes increase, as people consume more and more, they're less and less happy. So, the reality is that we might actually gain, in terms of quality of life and lifestyle, by easing up, by reducing our ecological footprints.” It is this return to a more gentle way of being that is eloquently shown to be within our reach.

'Addicted to Plastic! The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle' -- Saturday, Oct. 4, 9:30 p.m., Granville 7 Theatre

From flip-flops to footballs, water bottles to wastebaskets, plastic is everywhere in our world, and Ian Connacher's documentary confronts this daunting ubiquity head on. As he rises from his bed in the morning and the camera follows him into the shower, text pops up on the screen next to every plastic product he encounters. It's typical of his thoroughness and his wit, twin traits that lift this film out of the ordinary.

Sensibly alarmed and endlessly curious about plastic, Connacher trudges from time zone to time zone in search of answers. What does it do to our oceans? Where does our plastic waste go? What are some alternatives? So it goes, a scrupulous, adventurous trip through the history, economics, ecology and science of this infinitely problematic substance. This is no shrill rallying cry; Connacher keeps a level head through all the depressing environmental statistics and the endless pile-up of packed landfills. He's not out to inflame but to inform, and on that level Addicted to Plastic is most impressive.

Enter to win tickets to one of these screenings by sending an e-mail to contests AT with Vancouver International Film Festival in the subject line. Entrants will also be signed up for our weekly e-newsletter. The Tyee never rents, sells or shares its information. For more info read our privacy policy. Contest closes at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30. Winners will be notified by e-mail that day.  [Tyee]

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