VSAFFers, check out some fantastic pieces on the festival in The Georgia Straight this week.

Travis Lupick talks to Angels in Exile director Billy Raftery about his documentary that was eight years in the making. Angels in Exile focusses on two inspiring kids — Zuleika and Ariel. We witness their entire adolescence, observe their fight to survive not only the dangers around them but also the haunting memories of the past that led them to run to the streets in the first place.

“The result,” Lupick writes, “is candid footage and an intimate portrait of street life where it seldom feels like the young people on-screen were conscious of the filmmaker following them.”

Angels in Exile (Sunday, April 12, 3:30 p.m.) won Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival in 2013. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring director Billy Raftery and Melanie Mark, a longtime advocate for First Nations youth.

Also in the Straight, Adrian Mack talks to VSAFF co-founder David Chudnovsky about the philosophy behind the festival and gets a run-down of the weekend’s films. Check out the article below!

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