Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Check out the World Community Film Festival in Courtenay on February 3 and 4, 2017

by Keith and Heather Nicol
    On Friday evening, February 3 th we will be heading down to the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, B.C.  to check out the first night of the 26th World Community Film Festival. The Friday night film is called Koneline: Our Land Beautiful and is about NW British Columbia. Like many of the films in this festival this film will focus on a variety of social and environmental issues.  On Saturday, February 4th the festival organizers plan to show 27 other films in four venues that deal with a wide variety of social, environmental and economic consequences of human activity at both local and international levels. They also have five films as part of a family programme on tap. We are looking forward to seeing several of these Saturday films including “A New Economy”, “River Blue” and “Atlantic” among others.   Many of these films had won awards at other film festivals and our only complaint is that we couldn’t see more of the films being presented since they run simultaneously. 
The Native Sons Hall is one of the venues for the film fest
 World Community which is headquartered in the Comox Valley is to be commended for organizing this event. And a great aspect of this event is that it travels to a variety of B.C. and other Canadian locations over the coming months. We have already told some of our friends in Nanaimo, Duncan and Kelowna the dates that it will be in their communities. In addition to the films, World Community also organized a Saturday Bazaar and evening banquet for the event. Overall we were very impressed with the festival and the organizers must feel encouraged by the large turnouts for the films. For more information on World Community and the traveling film festival see: http://www.worldcommunity.ca/  

The bazaar provides a chance to meet and mingle


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