Films shown by the Dawson Creek Justice Film Festival
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Films shown at the 2013 Festival
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.
- Voted one of the Top 5 Transformational Films of 2011 by the Aware Guide
Director: Raymonde ProvencherGrace, Milly, Lucy....Child Soldiers exposes the tragedy of girl soldiers in Uganda. How can they learn to live normal lives again after being abducted and trained to become killing machines? Interspersing personal accounts with scenes from daily life, the film follows three women on their long road to reconciliation.
- Official Selection Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2010
Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Payback offers a fascinating look at debt: how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and even the fate of the planet. The film explores the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and situations—a years-long blood feud between two Albanian families; the BP oil spill; tomato farm workers in Florida and their bosses; media mogul Conrad Black and the US justice system—while addressing debt in all its forms: societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal and, of course, economic. Featuring stunning cinematography and insightful commentary by RAJ PATEL, LOUISE ARBOUR, KAREN ARMSTRONG, CONRAD BLACK, and ATWOOD herself. Payback is a brilliant, game-changing rumination on the subject.
- Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2012
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?
- Official Selection International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2010
- Official Selection One World International Film Festival 2011
- International Human Rights Film Festival Of Paris 2012
Director: Maria Luisa Gambale
& Gloria Bremer
Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female genital cutting (FGC), she decided to tackle the issue by starting a grassroots campaign, “Education Without Excision,” which uses her music and persuasive powers to end the practice. But until 2010 there’s one place she had never brought her message – back home to her own village of Thionck Essyl, where she fears rejection. SARABAH follows Sister Fa on this challenging journey, where she speaks out passionately to female elders and students alike, and stages a rousing concert that has the community on its feet. A portrait of an artist as activist, SARABAH shows the extraordinary resilience, passion and creativity of a woman who boldly challenges gender and cultural norms. It’s an inspiring story of courage, hope and change.
- Winner Cine Golden Eagle
- Movies That Matter Film Festival, Winner, Golden Butterfly Award
- Mill Valley Film Festival
- Heartland Film Festival
- St. John's Int'l Women's Film Festival
- Citizen Jane Film Festival
- Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
- Salem Film Fest
- Nashville Film Festival
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
- Best film on Mountain Environment, Banff Mountain Film Festival
- Best Environmental Film, CINE International Film Festival
- Best Environmental Preservation Feature Film, Artivist Film Festival
- Best Environmental Film, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
- Best Feature Film, Coastal Voices Film Festival, British Columbia
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.
- Winner Outstanding Filmmaker, San Antonio Film Festival
- Winner Audience Award Best Documentary, San Antonio Film Festival
- SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
- NCLR ALMA Awards 2011
- Associate Director Julia Perez honored with a Latino Spirit Award
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.
- Silver Chris Award, Columbus International Film and Video Festival
- Official Selection, Harlem International Film Festival
- Official Selection, Antigonish International Film Festival
Director: David York
Big Oil calls convicted 1990s oilpatch saboteur Wiebo Ludwig an eco-terrorist and portrays him as a patriarchal cult leader. He calls himself a devout Christian driven to defend his Trickle Creek farm from the deadly effects of toxic sour gas wells. Now there’s a new series of gas well bombings, and the RCMP and media are back. David York takes his camera into the heart of Ludwig’s Christian community to create a powerful film about two decades of conflict. Film shot by the Ludwigs chronicles a litany of horrors: livestock deaths, mass miscarriages of lambs and of human babies with similar deformities, severe reactions to gas flares, and desperate attempts to reach government agencies. Their footage of confrontations with gas workers and police, and its stark contrast with media reports, raises a critical issue: when politicians and police become sock puppets for private interests, is vigilante action justified?
Films shown at 2013 Film Nights
Director: Mark Volkers
The Fourth World takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world. Understanding 'a billion people' is almost impossible, but meeting a handful of slum dwellers strips away the statistic and begins the process of building understanding. Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines to meet slum dwellers. Listen to published experts--leaders in their fields from three more continents--as they bring understanding to the 'why' of slums, and foreshadow what's going to happen if the world ignores this social powder keg much longer.
fourthworldfilm.com (website includes trailer)
- Winner of the Redemptive Storyteller Award
- Winner of Best Documentary Feature Category, Third World Indie Film Festival
- Winner of the Walt Ratternam Humanitarian Award, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
- Winner Best Documentary, Treasure Coast International Film Festival