Mavis Staples

My VIFF picks: a delicate immigration yarn, two music stars and a crazed Kevin Bacon

Also: love in a tumultuous China, and a magazine that shaped modern comedy

Syrian refugee crisis, Surrey gangs and Haida Gwaii tragedy among powerful topics covered by VIFF films

As blockbuster movies dominate the theatres, VIFF showcases ambitious, engaging and challenging films from around the world.