Presents " The Sapphires"
Thursday September 19th • 7:15 pm
(doors open at 6:45 pm)
a benefit for Passion Foundation
Trailer • Official site • Cause
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (map) • 98 min
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SYNOPSIS: Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Cynthia (Tapsell), Gail (Mailman), Julie (Mauboy) and Kay (Sebbens) are discovered by Dave (O’Dowd), a good-humored talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. As their manager, Dave books the sisters their first true gig giving them their first taste of stardom, and travels them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops. (c) Weinstein
Filmmakers: Wayne Blair – Director
Winner: *:Australian Film Institute Award 2013 * Film Critics Circle of Australia 2013 * * Denver International Film Festival * Palm Spring International Film Festival*
92 % on Rotten Tomatoes
"Crowd-pleaser" might be an odd term for a movie that deals with state-sanctioned racism, but that is precisely how "The Sapphires" has been received since its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. "Argo" might have been the big surprise at the Telluride Film Festival, but "The Sapphires" was the emotional hit.
In today’s world young women find more connection with what is going on around them rather than what is going on within them. Our environment creates pressures for girls to “fit in” and as a result has caused uncertainty about how they can achieve success in life. These environmental influences can affect the self worth of young women and create the potential for self-harm through substance misuse and abuse, cutting, unhealthy relationships, and poor self-care. Passion Foundation’s mission is to help young women achieve personal success in life by supporting each other.
By providing opportunities for self exploration and positive role modeling we aim to decrease self harm and help young women to connect with their life purpose while being part of a community of success oriented peers; building on leadership and mentorship skills.
Supported by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement