Monday September 6, 2010

Arts News

"Communities In Action" Theme

Dr. Alexandra Morton to speak at Mission Film Festival



nce again we invite you into a world that will leave you breathless, energized, inspired, and yes a little angry and shocked at times. Through this year’s program of over 30 documentaries, sharing, over 70 international awards between them, you will be able to step into the lives of those who give their all to stand up  for justice, freedom, community, the land, and a life worth living.      



The Mission World Community Film Festival is back for year two and has announced the dates and program! More than 30 documentaries with a combined total of 70 international film awards will be shown over the three days of the event. The films address a wide range of issues relevant to local and global communities, from social and environmental issues to both light hearted and dramatic insights into the world we live in.

This year’s theme is Communities in Action. Films such as Under Rich Earth, about a small community in Ecuador who stood their ground against a major mining company will show what can be done when united as a community.

 Bogota; Building a Sustainable City tells of how a town in despair was turned into a community that made sustainability a priority. Burma VJ, winner of over 40 international awards and nominated for best documentary for the academy awards, shows the courage of a few young video journalists who risk their lives to report the struggles of a community under military regime, and the historical march of the Buddhist monks.

Friday, October 1 - In Praise of Wild Salmon starts off the weekend as we celebrate and explore the roles wild salmon play in our lives. This evening will be a Friday Fish Fest in itself, with a welcome by First Nation songs and stories about salmon, the film Alexandra’s Echo, about the woman who brought thousands of people together for wild salmon this past May, followed by Dr Alexandra Morton herself to talk about what’s transpired since the making of that film and what’s to come.

After an intermission where people can interact with various salmon advocates present in the lobby, Farmed Salmon Exposed will show followed by guest speakers Damien Gillis (Filmmaker & Common Sense Canadian founder), Don Staniford of Pure Salmon Campaign, Kerry Coast of Salmon Talks Lillooet, Tyee Bridge of Wild Salmon Circle, and others.

Saturday, October 2 - Anthology of Awakening takes us into day two with feature films such as The Practice of the Wild with guest speaker Prof. Trevor Carolan, Sweet Crude followed by END:CIV as the evening feature with filmmaker/director Franklin Lopez, and many other great films and guest speakers throughout the day.

Sunday, October 3 - What’s Mined is Ours will be best understood after watching Blue Gold; the Tsilhqot’in Fight for Teztan Biny and hearing Chief Marilyn Baptiste of Xeni Gwet’in and others talk about their battle for their sacred lake against a mining company.

These are just a few films that will show over the weekend. Combined with the community bazaar participants, with groups like Zerowaste Vancouver, CUSO VSO, Fraser Riverkeeper Society and many more, this event that will inspire, entertain, enlighten, and invite you to be part of a Community in Action!

Mission World Community Film Festival October 1, 2, 3 2010 at Heritage Park Centre, Mission, BC.

Advance tickets are just $25 for the whole weekend available beginning September 1 at Mission: Shopper’s Drugs, Murdoch’s Bookshoppe and in Abbotsford at Legal Grounds Café, Shopper’s Drugs at 7 Oaks.

For more information and tickets by phone: 604-820-0088 or 604-826-5937

For more information, visit the website at  or phone 604 826-5937


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