On March 27, 2014, Reel Causes, a Vancouver-based non-profit society of socially conscious cinema lovers, teamed up with Vancouver Japanese Community Volunteer Association, Tonari Gumi, to present Zachary Heinzerling’s Oscar nominated documentary, Cutie and the Boxer.
The event was held at the Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre at SFU Woodwards and was hosted by the beautiful Zara Durrani – actress, television host and producer of Life and Style with Zara on Joy TV.
The movie was a reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit. The New York story explored the chaotic 40-year marriage of renowned “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. Over the course of their marriage, the film portrayed Ushio’s struggles to establish his artistic legacy, while Noriko is at last being recognized for her own art — a series of drawings entitled “Cutie,” depicting her challenging past with Ushio. Spanning four decades, the film is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and aging, against a background of lives dedicated to art.
With his passion for films, Mohamed Ehab, Co-President and Founder of Reel Causes, started gatherings in his apartment until his following reached about 700, then he had to host his events in theatres. We look forward to watching many more documentaries hosted by Reel Causes.
Ehab’s next Reel Causes screening is God Loves Uganda, on April 15th. This documentary explores the role of the American Evangelical movement in fuelling Uganda’s terrifying turn towards biblical law and the proposed death penalty for homosexuality.