Films shown by the Red Deer Justice Film Festival
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Films shown at the 2013 Festival
Brooks - The City of 100 Hellos - 2010
Director: Brandy Yanchyk
Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos gives us a rare glimpse into the lives of many of the new immigrants, refugees and temporary foreign workers that have moved to Brooks, Alberta, Canada. It also explores the challenges they face and looks at how long-time residents of Brooks feel about the new immigration in their community.
The documentary is set in Brooks, Alberta, a western Canadian city known for its farming, cowboys and oil patch workers. About 10 years ago the local meat packing plant, XL Foods Lakeside Packers Inc., starting bringing over and employing about 2,000 workers from across the world; some temporary foreign workers, others new immigrants and refugees in Canada.
Many don’t speak English and have come to Brooks to make about $14 an hour, paying for their lives here in the city but also supporting their families back home.
The new immigrants have physically changed this traditional cattle ranching city. Schools teaching English as a second language have been popping up across town as well as different multicultural churches, a mosque and ethnic stores. It is now believed that over 100 languages are spoken in Brooks.
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Payback - 2012
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.
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 Fourth World - 2011
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)
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.
The HealthCare Movie - 2009
Director: Laurie Simons
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.