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🇨🇦 National Quilting Day: Saturday March 16 @ 1pm

An afternoon of film & riveting discussion hosted by The Cinema Society of Kingston

Buy Advance Tickets OnlineAdmission is $10-$20 (pay what you wish) and everyone is welcome to attend.

Filmmaker Ian Daffern and the documentary’s star Marilyn Farquhar will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. Marilyn’s quilts (featured in the film) will be on exhibition at the cinema.

Can quilting change the world?

In January 2020, the RCMP killed homelessness activist Barry Shantz at his home in Lytton, B.C during a mental health crisis. That morning, his partner called 911 for help. What they got was an army of police officers, including snipers, but not a single mental health worker. In response to this tragedy, his sister Marilyn creates a series of art quilts called Kairos – a Greek word which means ‘an opportune time for action’.

A Bullet Pulling Thread is a documentary that follows Marilyn’s journey through grief and tells the story of her brother’s extraordinary life. Although they grew up together in small-town Ontario, Marilyn and her brother were very different. Marilyn had a calm, peaceful, safe life as an award-winning quilter. It was nice. Her brother Barry was a fearless advocate for the homeless, a former drug smuggler, ex-con and finally a victim of police violence. One bullet brought their paths together. Marilyn began her Kairos quilts as a way to process her grief. She also believes they could be important tools to spark conversations about mental health and to motivate change in policing.

While carrying on this artistic mission, Marilyn also tries to discover why police replied to her brother’s cry for help with fatal force. In doing so, she runs up against administrations that refuse to admit culpability or take responsibility. In the summer of 2021, Marilyn packed up her quilts and drove across the country to exhibit them in Abbotsford. Her aim is to confront law enforcement with her pain and share her experiences with those who knew her brother. And as she discovers, grief is a question with no easy answers.

Daffern shows how Farquhar channelled her grief into radical art…It’s a striking work that conveys her loss, but also the many lives affected by that single shot.

POV Magazine

Her struggle shows that the systems like the RCMP need to recognize the human cost of their actions, and the necessity to change the way they approach people in crisis.

Abbotsford News
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Series
Genre
Documentary
Runtime 73 minutes + discussion
Rated Not rated
Directed By Ian Daffern (in attendance)
Starring Marilyn Farquhar (in attendance)
Language English
Country
Canada

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