FLiKS — Film Lovers in the KootenayS— back in April at Capitol Theatre
FLiKS (Film Lovers in the Kootenays) is back with another twin-bill Wednesday (April 17) at the Capitol Theatre in Nelson.
FLiKS presents a Central Asian Double Bill, opening at 7 p.m. with Mongolian Bling followed at 9 p.m. by The Light Thief.
Mongolian Bling is an exciting and unique documentary by former Nelsonite Benj Binks who is currently on a North American tour with the film. Mongolian Bling delves into the traditions, history, western influence, music, culture and the search for identity of Mongolia’s youth through personal stories of Gennie, Mongolia’s first female rapper; Quiza, a rap superstar who blends traditional music with hip hop; and Gee, an emerging artist from the slums of Ulaanbaatar.
“Hip hop is the voice of the country’s youth and it’s such a great way of telling the story of modern Mongolia,” said Binks, who is returning to Nelson for the screening and will be participating in a Q & A afterwards.
“There’s definitely a parallel between modern hip hop and traditional Mongolian music.”
“We’re really excited to be bringing Mongolian Bling to Nelson. What I love about Nelson is that despite its remoteness, there is always plenty of national and international bands and films coming town. Mongolian Bling hopes to continue that tradition.”
“What I found really unique about this story is Hip Hop is revitalizing traditional Mongolian Culture. It’s not really known for that kind of thing in the West” said FLIKS founder Tamara Smith.
The Light Thief is a comedic drama by Aktan Arym Kubat with a Robin Hood plot that has a humble electrician stealing electricity to light his village in Kyrgyzstan. Both films are PG and run approximately 90 minutes.
Tickets are $10 for one film or $15 for both.