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The Ashland Independent Film Festival and
Coming Attractions 
Theatres bring you Varsity World Film Week,
celebrating independent films from around the world.

VWFW Special Events

Tickets for NO MAN'S LAND are no longer available online. Tickets can still be purchased in person at the Varsity Theatre Box Office.

About the film

Click on a poster below to see details about the film.

Aida's Secrets

Bad Lucky Goat

Bending the Arc


Endless Poetry

In Syria
The Look of Silence

The New Girlfriend


The New Girlfriend


The Teacher

White Sun

General Ticketing Information

If you're purchasing multiple tickets, please consider stopping by the Varsity Box Office to make your purchase.

All screenings held at the Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main Street, Ashland.

Tickets for films are on sale now and only available at the Varsity Box Office or online

Single – Good for 1 movie
Adult:  $9.00
Discount: $7.00 
(AIFF Member/Senior/Student/Child/Military w/active ID)
World Film Passports: Good for 6 movies

General: $40
Discount: $35 (AIFF Member/Senior/Student/Child/Military w/active ID)
Passports are punch cards and may only be purchased in person at the Varsity Box Office. They are good for regularly priced Varsity World Film Week films 10/6/17-10/12/17 only. Passports have no cash value and are not refundable if lost or unused. Multiple passports may be purchased by individuals. To redeem tickets with your passport, simply go to the Varsity Theatre and get a ticket to the film(s) you would like to see. One ticket per punch.

Seating is on a first-come, first seated basis only. Films subject to change.

Most films have yet to be rated by the MPAA. Please check Coming Attractions website for more information, if available. Download the printable brochure (pdf).



Aida's Secrets

Documentary | English/Hebrew (subtitles)  
2016 | 90 min.
Directors: Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Family secrets and the last century of world history unspool in this international story that begins with World War II and concludes with an emotional 21st-century family reunion. Timely questions of identity, resilience, and the plight of displaced persons are brought to life as brothers Izak and Shep learn late in life of each other’s survival and meet in Canada. They then confront their elderly mother, Aida, in an attempt to piece together their pasts.


Show Times

Friday October 6 3:45pm
Saturday October 7 1:00pm
Sunday October 8 9:30pm
Monday October 9 6:10pm
Tuesday October 10 3:30pm
Wednesday October 11 12:45pm
Thursday October 12 6:50pm

Bad Lucky Goat


Narrative | Creole (subtitles)
2017 | 76 min.
Director: Samir Oliveros

After accidentally hitting a bearded goat with their father's truck, two warring teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation. Corn and Rita must find a way to repair the truck in time to pick up the tourists that will be staying at their family's hotel. As they struggle to find the means necessary to conceal the accident, the siblings will visit a butcher, Rastafari drum makers, pawn shops, car mechanics and even a witch doctor, in a 24-hour adventure around Port Paradise.

Show Times    

Friday October 6 6:10pm
Saturday October 7 3:45pm
Sunday October 8 1:00pm
Monday October 9 3:45pm
Tuesday October 10 6:30pm
Wednesday October 11 3:45pm
Thursday October 12 1:00pm

Bending the Arc
Documentary | English | 2017 |102 min
Directors: Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos

Thirty years ago, a group of improbable heroes including Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Jim Young Kim came together on a daring mission to make quality healthcare available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the charity-industrial complex itself, these crusaders forced the international community to embrace the idea that health care must be a basic human right. 

Join Marla Estes and Kay Sandberg for an in-depth and FREE Community Conversation at the Elks Club (255 Main Street | Ashland, OR) on Monday, October 9 at 5:30pm. Download the Getting Into Action Handout

Show Times  

Friday October 6 9:30pm
Saturday October 7 6:10pm
Sunday October 8 12:45pm
Monday October 9 3:15pm
Tuesday October 10 12:45pm
Wednesday October 11 6:10pm
Thursday October 12 8:50pm



Documentary | English/Spanish (subtitles)
2017 | 90 min
Directors: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of the legendary lesbian ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela and guided by the stories in her songs, and the myths and tales others told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.

Show Times     ​

Friday October 6 6:30pm
Saturday October 7 12:45pm
Sunday October 8 6:30pm
Monday October 9 9:10pm
Tuesday October 10 1:00pm
Wednesday October 11 6:30pm
Thursday October 12 9:10pm

Endless Poetry

Narrative | Spanish/French/English (subtitles) | 2016 | 128 min
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Endless Poetry details El Topo director Jodorowsky’s life from the time he left the Chilean coastal town of Tocopilla and his authoritarian father for Santiago at the age of nine, through his decision to move to France and live the life of a poet when he was in his 20s.Told through Jodorowsky’s unique surreal and psychedelic visual language, Endless Poetry is an ode to the quest for beauty and inner truth as a universal force capable of changing one’s life forever.

Show Times     

Friday October 6 1:00pm
Saturday October 7 9:10pm
Sunday October 8 3:45pm
Monday October 9 6:30pm
Tuesday October 10 3:45pm
Wednesday October 11 8:50pm
Thursday October 12 6:30pm

In Syria

Narrative | Arabic (subtitles) | 2017 | 85 min
Director: Philippe Van Leeuw

Trapped inside her house in a city under siege, Oum Yazan, mother of three, turned her flat into a safe harbor for her family and neighbors, trying to protect them from the war outside. When bombs threaten to destroy the building, when snipers turn the courtyards into deadly zones, and burglars break in to claim their dreadful bounties, maintaining the thin balance of routine inside the walls becomes a matter of life and death.​

Show Times

Friday October 6 10:00pm
Saturday October 7 1:20pm
Sunday October 8 6:50pm
Monday October 9 4:00pm
Tuesday October 10 1:20pm
Wednesday October 11 6:50pm
Thursday October 12 9:30pm

Documentary | English | 2017 | 81 min
Director: David Byars
In January 2016, armed protesters in Oregon occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to call attention to what they felt was an intrusion by the federal government. The film offers a detailed account of the impasse, displaying unprecedented access to the protagonists of this incident, and culminating in a dramatic climax that resulted in the arrest and acquittal of occupation leaders, and left another man dead. One screening only, with an appearance by director David Byars!

Show Times 

Friday October 13 7:30pm

Pop Aye
Narrative | Thai (subtitles) |2017 | 102 min
Director: Kirsten Tan
Pop Aye is the story of a Bangkok architect whose late-midlife crisis leads him to an encounter with the elephant, Popeye, with whom he spent an idyllic childhood in the Thai countryside. Together they embark on a road trip to deliver both man and beast to their origins. Popeye is the center of a mysterious, funny and often absurd universe that, while seemingly particular to Thailand is, ultimately, not unlike our own. 

Show Times

Friday October 6 1:20pm
Saturday October 7 9:30pm
Sunday October 8 4:00pm
Monday October 9 6:50pm
Tuesday October 10 4:00pm
Wednesday October 11 9:10pm
Thursday October 12 6:10pm
Tall as the Baobabposter

Documentary | English | 2017 | 90 min
Director: Bobbi Jo Hart
Rebels on Pointe follows Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo -- the all male, drag ballet company founded over 40 years ago on the heels of New York's Stonewall riots. The film juxtaposes behind-the-scenes access and intimate, character-driven stories of its dancers, highlighted by amazing performances shot around the world. Montreal-based director and SOU alumnus Bobbi Jo Hart will attend the film on opening night. 

Show Times

Friday October 6 7:30pm
Saturday October 7 4:00pm
Sunday October 8 1:20pm
Monday October 9 9:30pm
Tuesday October 10 6:50pm
Wednesday October 11 4:00pm
Thursday October 12 1:20pm

The Student

Narrative | Russian (subtitles) | 2016 | 118 min
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov

Teenaged Venya grows confident that his strict and rigorous study of the Bible gives him the ability to manipulate all forms of authority. Challenged by a teacher who refuses to consent to his dogma, he sets out to eliminate her and subdue an entire community. At a time when arguments over the teaching of religion in public schools are prominent in the media, this wildly escalating classroom drama serves as a frightening cautionary tale.

Show Times 

Friday October 6 9:10pm
Saturday October 7 3:30pm
Sunday October 8 6:10pm
Monday October 9 8:50pm
Tuesday October 10 6:10pm
Wednesday October 11 3:30pm
Thursday October 12 12:45pm

The Teacher


Narrative | Slovak (subtitles) | 2016 | 102 min
Director: Jan Hrebejk

A new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, arrives in a middle school classroom in Bratislava in 1983. It slowly becomes clear that perhaps the pupils' grades are related to how willing their guardians are to helping out with her errands, her housecleaning, and other random services. After one of the students attempts suicide, however, the director of the school calls for an emergency parents' meeting to remove the teacher, but because Ms. Drazdechova is also a high-ranking official of the Communist Party, parents are fearful.  

Show Times    

Friday October 6 12:45pm
Saturday October 7 6:50pm
Sunday October 8 9:10pm
Monday October 9 1:00pm
Tuesday October 10 9:10pm
Wednesday October 11 1:00pm
Thursday October 12 3:45pm


Narrative | English/Spanish (subtitles) | 2015 | 108 min
Director: Cesc Gay
Diagnosed with terminal cancer, Julián (Ricardo Darín) has decided to forgo treatment, and spend his final days tying up loose ends. When childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara) pays his ailing friend an unexpected visit, he quickly realizes he won’t be able to change his mind. In what will be their final reunion, the two friends set out to finalize Julián’s funeral arrangements, settle his accounts and, most importantly, find a home for his beloved dog, Truman, in this heartfelt and surprisingly humorous film.


Show Times

Friday October 6 4:00pm
Saturday October 7 6:30pm
Sunday October 8 8:50pm
Monday October 9 1:20pm
Tuesday October 10 9:30pm
Wednesday October 11 1:20pm
Thursday October 12 4:00pm


Narrative | Nepali (subtitles) | 2016 | 89 min
Director: Deepak Rauniyar

Two Nepalese brothers, Suraj and Chandra, cannot put aside political feelings while carrying their father's body down a steep mountain path to the river for cremation. Suraj storms off in a rage, leaving Chandra with no help. Under pressure from the village elders, Chandra must seek help from outside the village to obey the rigid caste and discriminatory gender traditions he fought to eliminate during the war. Chandra searches for a solution in neighboring villages, among the police, guests at a local wedding, and rebel guerrillas...​

Show Times

Friday October 6 3:30pm
Saturday October 7 8:50pm
Sunday October 8 3:30pm
Monday October 9 12:45pm
Tuesday October 10 8:50pm
Wednesday October 11 9:30pm
Thursday October 12 3:30pm

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