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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!

Coming to the Carlton Cinema – Toronto

Tickets available here soon

Bella Ciao! weaves the stories of a carnival of contemporary characters – activists, artists, hustlers and coffee house habitués – to capture traditions of solidarity as they fray and renew across cultures and generations. Set over the arch of one day, the film stars Carmen Aguirre playing Constanza, a refugee who fled the coup against Salvador Allende, and now calls East Vancouver home.


“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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