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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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Learning the World & Building a Sense of Community

Community Education through Documentary Film Festivals



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The Disenchanted Forest

Orphans orangutans reintroduction project

Borneo rainforest


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Street Nurse

Cathy Crowe

works with the homeless in Toronto


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Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii

Haida repatriate the remains of ancestors from a US museum & create a new ceremony for this occasion


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Continuous Journey

The history of racism within

Canada’s immigration law


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A Tribe of His Own: The Journalism of P. Sainath

Ist recipient of Amnesty Human Rights Journalist of the Year (2000)

"Journalism is for people, not shareholders."


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Shock Waves

Journalists at Radio Okapi constantly risk their lives

to denounce the extreme abuses of power

in the Democratic Republic of Congo


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¡Salud! Cuba & the Quest for Health

Cuban community-based medical education &

its contribution to disadvantaged countries


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The Power of Community How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

Cuba lost 50% of its oil from former USSR and

developed community-based organic agriculture


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Tambogrande:Mangos, Murder, Mining

Small town in Peru wins against a Canadian

mining company & protects its agriculture


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An Evergreen Island

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.


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Favela Rising

From drugs & violence to AfroReggae music-

Favelas are also places of hope & creativity


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Tocar Y Luchar (To Play and To Fight)

250,000 youth are members of the Venezuala youth

orchestra — a story about the power of music in

education and community building


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“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


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"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."

Howard Zinn


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