This Thursday, Lake Trail Middle School will be treated to an afternoon of documentary films from around the world.
The festival is being co-presented by the Lake Trail staff and World Community with funding from the British Columbia Council for International Co-operation (BCCIC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The festival will begin in the gym with an audience of about 250 (the entire school!). Guest Speaker Ben Porcher from the Victoria-based Dogwood Initiative will introduce the film Groundswell, a film about the need to protect B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest.
Ben will talk about our pristine coast and how we can work to protect it from crude oil pipelines and tanker projects such as Enbridge's Northern Gateway proposal and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain proposal.
Following the opening film, students will be free to choose to stay in the gym for a second film or view films in either the school's music, art or drama rooms.
Guest speaker Bridget Horel will introduce the film Louder than a Bomb about students involved in a high school slam poetry contest.
“Slam poetry is one very powerful example of the many ways you can make your voice heard,” says Horel. “The power of words and of sharing what you have to say can be for personal release and it can also be a tool for influencing and inspiring positive change.”
In another venue, World Community co-ordinator Ed Carswell will introduce the hard-hitting documentary Sharkwater. This film is visually stunning but also a sobering look at shark-finning crimes across the planet.
Sharks are going extinct so a few can enjoy shark fin soup. “Schools are the perfect places for film festivals,” says Carswell. “They have venues, equipment, as well as a guaranteed audience.”
— Lake Trail Middle School