Local nonprofit Reel Causes to present screening of body-positive doc Fattitude

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      In an effort to forward the conversation surrounding body image and self-love, local film-education nonprofit Reel Causes will present an encore screening of Fattitude followed by a post-film Q&A on May 31.

      First screened in Vancouver at last year’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Fattitude explores the ways in which popular culture perpetuates fat hatred and fat-shaming. Conceived of by Florida-based filmmakers Viridiana Lieberman and Lindsey Averill, the doc features interviews with various body-positive activists, authors, and public figures that illuminate how we’ve been conditioned to see the word “fat” as inherently bad, while advocating for self-love and self-acceptance.

      “We could not be more thrilled to screen Fattitude with Reel Causes," said Lieberman and Averill in a press statement. “Aligning with incredible activist forces to engage in these issues is a dream come true. We made this film to open conversations and we can't wait to have one with this audience.”

      The screening will be followed by a panelist discussion that includes Lieberman, as well as Athena Affan and Kalamity Hildebrandt, representatives from Fat Panic!, a Vancouver-based group dedicated to “ending the oppression of fat people” and building a society where people are taught to love their bodies.

      Tickets for Fattitude are $5 for Reel Causes members and $10 for non-members online.

      Reel Causes presents Fattitude at SFU Woodward’s Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre (149 West Hastings Street) on May 31. For details, see event listing.