Films shown by the Bow Valley Justice Film Festival
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Films shown at the 2013 Festival
100,000 - 2010
Director: Juan Agustín Márquez
"100,000" is an Emmy winning documentary about the overpopulation of stray dogs in Puerto Rico and about how to solve the problem. "100,000" aired on television in Puerto Rico and 13 other Latin American countries as part of the Doc TV IB 2 initiative.
Bonsai People - 2010
Director: Holly Mosher
As the founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people – mainly women – with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty. In the past thirty years, microcredit has spread to every continent and benefited over 100 million families. His Grameen Bank currently lends to one out of every 1,000 people on earth and with a 98% rate of repayment – unheard of in the financial world. Bonsai People also shows how Yunus – in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses – is launching purposely designed social ventures – a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education.
Prosecutor - 2010
Director: Barry Stevens
The Prosecutor follows the former Chief Prosecutor through the first trials of the newly formed International Criminal Court. Luis Moreno-Ocampo investigates and prosecutes some of the world's worst criminals for some of the world's worst crimes. He's a hero to genocide survivors, but has bitter enemies on both the Right and the Left. Is the ICC a groundbreaking new weapon for global justice or just an idealistic dream?
Sarabah - 2011
Director: Maria Luisa Gambale
SPOIL – The Fight to Save the Great Bear Rainforest - 2011
Director: Trip Jennings
The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) has teamed up with Pacific WILD, the Gitga’at First Nation of British Columbia, LightHawk, TidesCanada, Save our Seas Foundation, Sierra Club BC, and the Dogwood initiative to carry out a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia. We are focusing our energy and cameras on this pristine region in response to plans by Enbridge Inc. to build a pipeline for heavy crude oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The tar sands in northern Alberta are arguably one of the world’s most environmentally-devastating extractive industries and the proposed pipeline would put one of our planet’s most ecologically-sensitive and intact marine ecosystems at risk for a catastrophic oil spill through increased mega tanker traffic. www.balancemedia.tv/projects/spoil
The Harvest - 2010
Director: U. Roberto Romano
Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest.
Waking the Green Tiger - 2011
Director: Gary Marcuse
Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also examines Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed and for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activists test their freedom to challenge a dam. The movement they trigger could transform China.
War in the Mind - 2011
Director: Judy Jackson
It's called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the unending echo of battle etched in the brain may affect up to 15% of soldiers by some estimates. It can destroy families, and can leave its sufferers unable to work, addiction addled and changed. All the soldiers who bravely speak out in this film are doing so because they want us to understand what they endure. They also want to reach out to others who are suffering in silence, and may feel the only way of ending their pain is ending their lives.
Senator and L. General (Retired) Roméo Dallaire plays a major role in this film. For many years he has heroically spoken out in public to declare that he suffered intensely from PTSD and had attempted suicide. And today he continues to campaign on behalf of all soldiers who suffer.
This film also discovers that with effective treatment suicide can be prevented. A UBC/Canadian Legion program run by two UBC psychologists, Marvin Westwood and David Kuhl helps soldiers undo the wiring that military training has implanted in their brains, confront their pain, and learn to live again.