World Community postpones March 24 screening: Assholes : A Theory

World Community postpones March 24 screening: Assholes : A Theory

As an action of social solidarity, World Community is postponing the screening of the popular
film, Assholes: A Theory which was scheduled for March 24th at the Stan Hagen Theatre,
North Island College. Please follow our World Community Facebook page to be notified about
rescheduling of this film and for news about films you may watch from home.
Our lending library of DVDs and BluRays previously screened at our film festival is located at
the Bayside Cafe and is available to members of our society. Memberships may be
purchased online ( www.worldcommunity.ca ) or at the Bayside Cafe on Cliffe Avenue, across
from the Driftwood Mall. FMI: 250 337 5412With venomous comments on social media and the rise of authoritarianism, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory — an entertaining and timely documentary from acclaimed director John Walker.

Some grapple with the challenge of treating other human beings decently. Others are just… assholes, claims Professor Aaron James in his New York Times bestselling book, Assholes: A Theory. This intellectually provocative film, inspired by James’s book, takes a playful approach to uncovering why unsavoury behaviour is on the rise in the workplace, in government, and at home, and more importantly, how do we stop it?

Lively commentary is provided by Monty Python actor John Cleese, former Canadian police officer Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, Italian LGBTQ activist Vladimir Luxuria and others. Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal? And how do they keep getting elected?

Best Documentary Script, Writers Guild of Canada; Best Documentary, Nova Scotia Screen Awards

Film Rating: Parental Guidance/ Coarse Language, Nudity.  Admission by donation.   FMI: 250 337 5412

Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th,  7pm at NIC

Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th, 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: 2040, Tues. Feb. 11th, 7pm at NIC

The votes have been tallied from the recent World Community Film Festival. Audience pick for “Best of Fest” is the inspirational film “2040” which will be re-screened at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to imagine what the world would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions to the climate crisis already available to us. What if we made these currently available practices into policies, shifting them into the mainstream, to improve our planet?

Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Gameau creates a positive vision of what the planet could look like in 2040 when his daughter will be 25. From micro-grid renewable energy now in full swing in Bangladesh, to farmers switching to regenerative agricultural methods, and marine permaculture, Gameau shows that in many cases, action is being led from the ground up. “Fact based dreaming,” is how he describes his filmmaking technique.

“This film inspires optimism about the better world we can create collectively by 2040 if we address Climate Change now” comments Helen Boyd, of the Comox Valley Nurses for Health & the Environment. This film is creating a real ‘buzz’ on the festival circuit and is inspiring people to action in their own communities.

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome to attend; the 92 minute film is classified as “General – no advisories”. FMI: 250 337-5412 or visit the World Community facebook page.

Film Screening: Tues Jan. 21st – 7pm at NIC

THE SEQUEL - As we enter 2020, it’s a great time to imagine our collective future. Join World Community for the documentary, The Sequel, at the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College. The film explores the work of environmental economist David Fleming and the vibrant Transition Movement his ideas inspired.

Around the world, people are developing the skills, will and resources necessary to re-imagine civilization, even in the event of an uncertain future. We encounter extraordinary projects and people such as renegade economist Kate Raworth, philosopher Roger Scruton, Gaian ecologist Stephan Harding and localization revolutionary Helena Norberg-Hodge.

These visionaries are cultivating a resilience not reliant on the impossible promise of eternal economic growth. Instead, they are developing diverse alternatives and rekindling hope in the creativity and intelligence of people to nurse our communities and ecology back to health.

Everyone is welcome. Admission by donation   FMI: 250 337 5412

Film Screening: Tues, Nov. 19th, 7pm Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

Film Screening: Tues, Nov. 19th, 7pm Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

As California farmers struggle with drought and other impacts of climate change, our ability to grow and access local food is becoming more important every year. World Community’s film series continues with the film Five Acres (30 min.) followed by a panel discussion with one of the filmmakers and local food activists from Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.

The Five Acre Farm in the Harewood area of Nanaimo has a long history of producing local food. It’s one of the last intact farms in BC’s first planned agricultural community. The history and future of this innovative agricultural project are portrayed in the film Five Acres, by Paul Manly and Laurie MacMillan. Manly comments “Through its important work on urban farming, restorative agriculture projects and employment skills training, Nanaimo Foodshare Society is helping build a healthy, sustainable and local food system while providing an inclusive work environment for individuals from vulnerable populations.”

Samuel Robins, Superintendent of the Vancouver Coal Mining and Land Company had some visionary ideas. In 1884, Robins purchased Harewood Estates, a large parcel of land between Nanaimo and the base of Mount Benson. He subdivided the area into five-acre lots and made them available to mining families as homesteads at affordable prices.

Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society, Maurita Prato says “I love what is happening with Nanaimo Foodshare Society, our sister Island Food Hub, the City of Nanaimo and the 5 acre farm. There is a lot to learn from this collaborative model of urban farming and community food security.”

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: Janet (250) 337 5412

Following that there’s a film screening on Tuesday Dec. 3 – 7pm at NIC: Artifishal (81 min)

Artifishal is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, possible threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms, and our continued loss of faith in nature. Discussion to follow. Everyone welcome. Admission by donation

Film Screening: The Whale & The Raven- Tues. Nov 5th . 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: The Whale & The Raven- Tues. Nov 5th . 7pm at NIC

Journey via film to Whale Point and Fin Island research outposts in the Great Bear coastal region and meet the remarkable people who call this place home including leaders of the Gitga’at First Nation and whale researchers Hermann Meuter and Janie Wray.

World Community hosts a screening of director Mirjam Leuze’s new documentary at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay. The film illuminates the many issues that have drawn whale researchers, the Gitga’at First Nation, and the Government of BC into a complex conflict.

As the Gitga’at First Nation struggles to protect their territory against the pressure and promise of the gas industry, caught in between are countless other beings who live here: humpbacks, orcas, and porpoises who use the Kitimat fjord system as a feeding ground- and playground.

The rhythm of the film mirrors the life in the region, taking the time to reflect on people’s thoughts, on the heartbeats of the forest, and allowing viewers to discover this unique and stunningly beautiful land and seascape at the pace of its wildlife.

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome.  FMI: Janet (250 337 5412)

Let’s Talk About The Climate Crisis – Tues. Sept 17th

Let’s Talk About The Climate Crisis – Tues. Sept 17th

Our four-part series ‘Addressing the Climate Crisis: Activism, Adaptation, and Resilience’ continues on Tuesday September 17, 7 pm at Upper Native Sons’ Hall with a climate communications panel covering issues from personal health to collective political action. 

Betty Tate is a member of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment and Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment. She’s seen first-hand how climate change harms Canadians. Betty will describe the dual role health care professionals play helping the mental and physical well being of individuals and influencing policymakers to achieve better health for all.

Will Cole-Hamilton is a trained climate communicator with a background in law and business. Will is a core member of the communication team at Climate Caucus, a national network of mayors, councillors and representatives dedicated to action on the climate crisis. He’ll build on previous presentations to World Community, NIC, the Youth Environmental Action group and students at Queen’s University to describe how communities can effectively communicate with each other about climate.

Kai Nagata is Dogwood’s Director of Communications. Since 2007 Dogwood has been fighting to limit fossil fuel expansion. That’s placed the organization in the cross hairs of powerful corporations and governments who would like nothing more than for this issue to go away. Kai will illuminate how communities can come together to serve elected officials with notice that the days of inaction on climate are over.

Q&A to follow presentations. Admission by donation. Everyone welcome.

More info: David (Dogwood - 604 674-0996) or Janet (250 337-5412)

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The following week - Tues. Sept. 24, 7 pm at Upper Native Sons’ Hall

Stitching Together Altered Landscapes –  Place-Based Adaptation and Resilience

Human beings have been altering the global landscape for thousands of years. But for the past 150 things have certainly intensified. Local landscapes has been transformed by logging, coal mining, agriculture, road building, industry and development. These altered landscapes are where the local impacts of climate change - flooding, erosion, and loss of biodiversity - first become evident. But these altered landscapes also hold the greatest potential for building resiliency. Kus Kus Sum, The Courtenay Estuary, Morrison Headwaters, Perseverance Watershed, Comox Lake –  these places are at the heart of our local climate story. 
Conservationists Tim Ennis, Jennifer Sutherst, and Meaghan Cursons will explore altered landscapes within our community and share how they play a critical role in understanding and responding to climate change. Through stories, photos and discussion they will illustrate how we can stitch these landscapes back together with the threads of adaptation, collaboration and hope. 
Join us to learn how you can participate in making a difference for our collective future. Everyone is welcome. Admission to the World Community series “Addressing the Climate Crisis” is by donation. Doors open at 630. Make time for conversation and connection before and after!