From March 20-22 join Amnesty International, CoDevelopment Canada and Village Vancouver in partnership with Langara College Continuing Studies as they present BC's largest social justice film festival showcasing 35+ social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of
issues confronting communities here and around the globe.
The film festival kicks off Thursday March 19 at 7:00 pm with a special gala presentation of an important new documentary, ONE RIVER, MANY RELATIONS which gives voice to the indigenous communities who live downstream from the Alberta oil sands. This CANADIAN PREMIERE at East Vancouver's Rio Theatre will have the filmmakers in attendance and adiscussion afterward.
On Friday March 20 at Langara College the festival hosts the BC PREMIERE of RESISTENCIA: THE FIGHT FOR THE AGUAN VALLEY WHICH tells the extraordinary story of how Honduran farming communities staged dramatic resistance to the 2009 military coup.
"Our festival uses activist documentary film to educate our audiences about pressing issues and our hope is to also inspire them to act for change," says festival coordinator Erin Mullan. "This event is an
opportunity to help break down the isolation that can come with our digital society. At the Just film fest people can come together to watch and discuss these powerful films, something that can help build a sense of community and possibility."
The Saturday and Sunday daytime programs feature themes including environmental activism, Latin America and women's stories with another five films seeing their first ever Vancouver screening. On March 20 Amnesty International is presenting four films under the theme of Global Justice and Village Vancouver presents the always-popular Food and Farming series over both days. The festival also hosts a Social Justice Bazaar with 20 community groups and activist organizations offering
information and fairly traded goods. The festival keeps its ticket prices low, with discounts for students and low-income people, in order to make it affordable for everyone.
"This year's festival features a number of very positive films where we see individuals and communities working together to achieve major personal and political victories, "says Mullan. "So much of what we see in the news is so disheartening - this is a chance to see the positive and the possible."
Formerly known as the Vancouver World Community Film Festival, The Just Film Festival is part of the Travelling World Community Film Festival, which brings activist documentary to a dozen Canadian communities.
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