Reel Causes is pleased to present the virtual premiere of Bella Ciao! and support two charitable causes with a portion of ticket sale revenue: Vancouver-based Watari and Toronto-based Casa Salvador Allende.
Carolyn Combs’ ensemble drama is a searching film about home and displacement, isolation and solidarity. Set over the arc of one day, the film stars Carmen Aguirre as Constanza, a refugee who fled the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile, and now calls East Vancouver home. Bella Ciao! weaves the stories of her friends and neighbours – activists, artists, hustlers and coffee house consiglieri – to capture how traditions of solidarity renew across cultures and generations. Viva East Van!
Ticket purchase includes recorded Q&A with the cast and crew, moderated by Eva Salinas:
- Michael Springate – Writer
- Carmen Aguirre – Constanza
- Tony Nardi – Arnaldo
- Alexandra Lainfiesta – Soledad
- Taran Kootenhayoo – Niki