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Kelowna’s Free World Community Film Festival Returns End of February

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Kelowna’s Free World Community Film Festival Returns End of February
Anthropocene, the third collaboration between award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier screens Saturday night.
Anthropocene, the third collaboration between award-winning photographer Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier screens Saturday night.

Get ready for the 16th annual World Community Film Festival featuring over 30 new documentaries from our own backyard and around the world. With a focus on environmental, social justice, and human rights issues, these are films will entertain, educate, and inspire. The Festival begins Thursday evening (February 28th) at the Ki Low Na Friendship Centre with a screening of Us and Them, followed by a Friday evening grand opening at Okanagan College featuring four docs, Treeline, Space Nugget, Kus Kus Sum, and The Radicals, and films being screened throughout Saturday and Sunday.

While filmed around downtown Victoria BC, the festival's opening doc, Us and Them, produced by Krista Loughton and Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) could take place in any Canadian town. Through her compassionate style of documentary filmmaking, Krista Loughton lends a familiarity to all that she interviews. Krista's subjects aren't "just homeless." They are not faceless apparitions wandering the streets. These people are the friends and family that we all know in our communities, who need our support.



Admission to all films is free, however organizers welcome donations for the Ki-low-na Friendship Centre and Inn from the Cold.​ Great meals, baked goods, organic coffee and popcorn will be made available throughout the festival. Additionally there will be free parking all weekend at Okanagan College, and downtown after 5pm.

This Year's Documentaries

  • 1948 (85 mins) Palestine / Israel
  • Anthropocene (87 mins) Canada / Climate Change
  • Being the Change (57 mins) US / Climate Change
  • Call of the Forest (85 mins) Ecology of Forests
  • Celling Your Soul (48 mins) Cellphone Addiction
  • Cooperativa (40 mins) Nicaragua / Fair Trade / Coffee Farmers
  • Defiant Lives (85 mins) Redefining Disability / Activism
  • Dust and Bones (45 mins) Canada 1st Nations / Desecration of Sacred Sites
  • Flying With Ravens (14 mins) Inter-species relations (People and Ravens)
  • Gurrumul (100 mins) Australia / Indigenous Music
  • Haiti Betrayed (90 mins) Canada's Role in undermining democracy - Haiti
  • Holly Near: Singing for our Lives (63 mins) Women's Music / LGBT
  • Kus Kus Sum: Unpave Paradise (7 mins) Re-wilding the Courtenay Estuary
  • Love and Bananas (75 mins) Thailand / Inter-species relations (People and Elephants)
  • Metamorphosis (95 mins) Climate Change / Response
  • Nothing Without Us: Women Who Will End AIDS (67 mins) US/ Burundi / Nigeria / AIDS
  • Pacific Herring: Small Fish, Big Problem (10 mins) Over-fishing keystone species/ Hornby Island
  • Satan and Adam (80 mins) US / Blues Music / Race
  • Save Space Nugget (41 mins) BC Forest / Activism
  • The 100 Year Old Whale (14 mins) BC / Endangered Orcas
  • The Radicals (55 mins) BC / Boarders / Activists
  • The Reluctant Radical (77 mins) US / Non-violent Direct Action / Trans Mt. Pipeline
  • Threads (32 mins) Pakistan / women empowerment
  • Treeline (40 mins) Japan/ Canada / Trees communicating
  • WAJD Songs of Separation (88 mins) Syrian Refugees / Music / Healing
  • Youth Ecological Restoration Project (35 mins) Comox Valley/ Youth at Risk in Nature
  • Soufra (72 mins) Lebanon/ Refugees / Resilience
  • Us and Them (82 mins) Canada / Homelessness

Schedule

February 28 - March 3, Check Times
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