Luk’Luk’I: Stories of the Downtown Eastside

January 25, 2018
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward’s Location: 149 West Hastings

A portrait of five Vancouverites living on society’s fringes during the 2010 Winter Olympics, Luk’Luk’I takes us into uncharted territory, falling somewhere between a fiction we need to see and a documentary we wish didn’t have to exist. Don’t miss this chance to see stories of the Downtown Eastside told from within.

Luk’Luk’I  is the name for the swampy area known today as Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a microcosm split from within: at once what has been called the “World’s Most Liveable City,” at the same time as “Canada’s Poorest Postal Code.”

It’s February 28th 2010: the last day of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. At 12:15PM the puck drops for the Gold Medal game between Canada and the USA.

Over the course of one day, the film which reciprocally engages the real-life stories of five resident non-actors playing themselves under fictionally re-created scenarios, all taking place during the 2010 Gold Medal Men’s Hockey Game.

Luk’Luk’I is a story about the contemporary state of urban colonialism in Canada today as told through the dramatic prism of the Winter Olympics, the Downtown Eastside and the resilient, inspiring and powerful people who live there.

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