Films ready for film festival

The programmers for the 22nd World Community Film Festival have chosen a diverse and dynamic program.

SING YOUR SONG is the story of Harry Belafonte

After clocking hundreds of hours watching a variety of documentary films, the programmers for the 22nd World Community Film Festival have chosen a diverse and dynamic program.

“Being a member of the programming committee offers me a chance to see many great documentary films,” says programmer Gordon Darby. “Narrowing them down for the 30 or so films for the festival program is an arduous and delicate operation.”

One of Darby’s favourite films in this year’s festival Feb. 1 and 2 in downtown Courtenay is Sing Your Song.

Director Susanne Rostock takes viewers on an emotional journey through the life and times of singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte who played a major role in some of the biggest moments in history. Sing Your Song is a unique film that is very enlightening, incredibly inspirational, and thoroughly entertaining.

Another favourite is We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân, a beautiful film by acclaimed filmmaker Anne Makepeace that focuses on Mashpee Wampanoag, Jessie Little Doe Baird, who is summoned by her ancestors in a dream and encouraged to resurrect their language, which hasn’t been spoken in over a century.

The film explores the intrinsic relationship between language and culture, and demonstrates what one person can do when they set their mind to it.

Programmer Janet Fairbanks likes “character-driven” films.

She recommends Crime After Crime, the award-winning film that tells the unforgettable story of Debbie Peagler who was wrongly incarcerated for over a quarter of a century due to her alleged connection with the murder of a man who abused her.

In spite of the injustices she endured, she remained positive and inspired others, leading the gospel choir and teaching other women prisoners to read.

Another Fairbanks pick is All Me: the Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.

With his intensely autobiographical paintings etched into leather, Rembert has preserved the day to day lives of African Americans in the segregated South.

“In spite of surviving discrimination, a lynch mob,  and prison, Rembert has been able to turn some of his most painful memories into something meaningful and beautiful in his art.”

His commentary about “prison as the new slavery” is a wakeup call to those who believe that prisons are the answer to social problems.

Plan your filmfest experience by reading the film schedule online worldcommunity.ca.

Tickets are on sale at the Sid Williams Theatre box office. Call 250-338-2430 or toll free 1-866-898-8499 or order online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com. Some low-income passes are  available.

— World Community Film Festival

Just Posted

Transitioning back into the world

Courtenay man had been living outdoors before starting Sally Ann program

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Liquor store robbery suspect arrested

The Comox Valley RCMP have identified the suspect in relation to the… Continue reading

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Don’t sign USMCA until LGBTQ language excised, U.S. lawmakers urge Trump

The trade agreement, forged after 13 months of tense negotiations between Canada and the U.S. is scheduled for Nov. 30

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters that ‘the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was an atrocity.’

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Most Read