Learning the World & Building a Sense of Community. Community Education through Documentary Film Festivals. A few numbers…. The Disenchanted Forest. Orphans orangutans reintroduction project Borneo rainforest. Street Nurse. Cathy Crowe works with the homeless in Toronto.
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Community Education through Documentary Film Festivals
Orphans orangutans reintroduction project
works with the homeless in Toronto
Haida repatriate the remains of ancestors from a US museum & create a new ceremony for this occasion
The history of racism within
Canada’s immigration law
Ist recipient of Amnesty Human Rights Journalist of the Year (2000)
"Journalism is for people, not shareholders."
Journalists at Radio Okapi constantly risk their lives
to denounce the extreme abuses of power
in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Cuban community-based medical education &
its contribution to disadvantaged countries
Cuba lost 50% of its oil from former USSR and
developed community-based organic agriculture
Small town in Peru wins against a Canadian
mining company & protects its agriculture
Courage, creativity, survival, and hope.
Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea.
They closed a large copper mine and
survived 9 years of war by
reinventing a sustainable culture.
From drugs & violence to AfroReggae music-
Favelas are also places of hope & creativity
250,000 youth are members of the Venezuala youth
orchestra — a story about the power of music in
education and community building
“I want to see the rest of the films because of how empowering and truthful they have been.”
“Makes me want to do more about world issues.”
“It gives you new ideas, it’s tremendously inspiring. It can make you angry enough maybe to take some action. . . .The film festival gives people something in common, a common experience. We’re in an age of lack of hope, age of despair, and we need to see ourselves out on a film. We need to see what we can do and be reminded of what we can, be inspired to do these things.”
Quotes from 2008 Peterborough Film Festival
"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness...
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.
The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."