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“Bella Ciao!.. a poem to the notion that art and resistance nourish each other.”   – Adrian Mack, The Georgia Straight

Taran Kootenhayoo as Niki in Bella Ciao!

VANCOUVER, BC — Commercial Drive Productions and Vancouver’s Reel Causes are pleased to announce the national digital premiere of Bella Ciao! for a limited three week run beginning June 25th and ending July 16th. There will be a live Q&A, moderated by Eva Salinas, with director Carolyn Combs and members of the cast on July 9th at 8 pm Eastern. Tickets available now!

Tickets available here!

Reel Causes Bella Ciao! here

Carolyn Combs’ ensemble drama is a searching film about home and displacement, isolation and solidarity. Set over the arc of one day, the film stars Carmen Aguirre as Constanza, a refugee who fled the coup against Salvador Allende in Chile, and now calls East Vancouver home. Bella Ciao! weaves the stories of her friends and neighbours – activists, artists, hustlers and coffee house consiglieri – to capture how traditions of solidarity renew across cultures and generations. Viva East Van!


“BELLA CIAO! is an urban tale set at the interface of the Latin American, Indigenous and Italian communities in my neighborhood. The work evolved slowly, and I was privileged to have the opportunity to collaborate with an exceptional ensemble cast (here). I am proud of their work and what we have accomplished.”

Director Carolyn Combs working on set

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