To celebrate Black History Month, we’re screening several films online - available any time over the weekend of Feb. 26 - 28.

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This is a great opportunity to learn more about this history both in Canada and the US.

Screenings are free but donations will be accepted to help cover costs. 

 

King in the Wilderness (110 min) focuses on the final two years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life leading up to his assassination on April 4, 1968. A review in Variety calls this “a searing film because it takes Martin Luther King Jr. down from the mountaintop. You glimpse the real glory of who he was: not a walking monument but a human being with fear, humor, guts, and grace.” Despite enormous pressure, he refused to back away from the civil rights and anti-war challenges of his times.

Canadian content will include three shorter films:

Rush to Freedom (17 min) - In the 1850s, Governor James Douglas fought against American expansionism by bringing hundreds of Black Americans from San Francisco to the area around Victoria where their legacy is still felt today.

Amber Valley (13 min) tells the story of one of the first Black settlements in Canada in Amber Valley, about 100 km North of Edmonton in the early 1900s.

Journey to Justice (47 min) pays tribute to Canadians who fought for Black civil rights from the 1930s to the 1950s. Nine years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a bus in Montgomery, Viola Desmond (now on our $10 bills) refused to move to the Black section of a movie theatre in Nova Scotia in1946. At the same time, Black railway porters were organizing a union for their own protection in one of the few jobs available to them, other Black activists were challenging discrimination wherever they encountered it.

 

FILM SCREENING: I AM GRETA – JAN. 15-19TH

FILM SCREENING: I AM GRETA – JAN. 15-19TH

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(2020, 100 min.)  This is the compelling story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, filmmaker Nathan Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

“Even more than describing her cause, the affecting “I Am Greta” introduces us to the person herself, digging deep into why she’s pushing herself so hard, to do what our planet’s adults apparently won’t.” Noel Murray, LA Times.

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Film Screening: River City Drumbeat. Dec 26-29

Film Screening: River City Drumbeat. Dec 26-29

Bring some joy into your holiday season with World Community’s film series screening of River City Drumbeat (95 min), online from Dec. 26 – Dec 29th.

The film is a reminder that there is kindness, compassion, and community in this world. This is a powerful story of music, love, and legacies set in the American South. Edward “Nardie” White devoted his life to leading the African-American drum corps he co-founded with Zambia Nkrumah in Louisville, Kentucky three decades ago. Together they inspired youth from their West Louisville neighborhood to thrive by connecting them with the art and cultural traditions of their African ancestors.

The drum corps is more than a music group. The kids learn to use tools to build and decorate their own drums. They are encouraged to keep up with their school work or to get extra help from volunteer tutors involved in the program. Albert Shumake, whose destiny was shaped by the drumline, takes up the mantle when Nardie prepares to retire. Meanwhile, student drummers Imani, Jailen, and Emily navigate adolescence and life changes. River City Drumbeat follows this creative community making their way in a world where systemic forces raise obstacles to fulfilling their dreams. Inspiring!

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Film Screening: Under Thin Ice – Nov 27-29

Film Screening: Under Thin Ice – Nov 27-29

Swim with polar bears and whales in the arctic! Or watch from the comfort of your home as the experts do it in the beautiful film Under Thin Ice (88 min). World Community’s online film series continues all weekend from 6 pm Friday Nov. 27 through Sunday Nov. 29 midnight.

Under Thin Ice follows extreme divers and cinematographers—Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr—on a daring Arctic expedition to see how wildlife is adjusting to changes in their habitat as a result of global warming. But things don’t go exactly as expected, and as the duo travel in search of animals, they experience first-hand the repercussions of rapid climate change. Documenting their journey in stunning 4K as they migrate from Canada’s Arctic to Greenland and back, the breathtaking adventure begins on the breaking ice floes of Nunavut where Jill and Mario join belugas and narwhals on a spectacular dive in the open ocean. It’s a passionate and awe-inspiring testament to the splendour of wildlife at risk.

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets ($8 or $5 for low income)

For technical questions there is a “Need Help?” button in the top right of the Eventive website.

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We are using a platform called Eventive. When purchasing a ticket you will be asked to log in with your preferred username and password. You can watch the film anytime during the 3 days. The film can also be partly viewed and then resumed later within that 3 days. Please consider a donation if you plan to share the film with multiple viewers in your household.

Technical details: Supported browsers are Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, or Microsoft Edge. The Explorer browser is not supported. You will also need Windows 7 or later or macOS 10.12 or later. For more technical info go to the “Need Help” button on the Eventive website or CLICK HERE for a FAQ page or Email: carswellfilm@gmail.com

Film Screening: Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President

Film Screening: Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President

World Community’s film series continues November 6 - 8 with the new uplifting film Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (96 min) screening online into the comfort of your home.

Programmer Wayne Bradley comments “This music-filled documentary is a much-needed antidote to the cynical power politics we are watching in the current US presidential election.” This is a reminder that power does not always corrupt, decency may prevail, and music can bridge generational, economic and racial divides.

When the USA hit rock bottom in the mid 1970s after years of war, scandal, and corruption, the nation turned to a Georgia peanut farmer to become their president. Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, a devout Christian, a man of impeccable integrity who believed passionately in racial equality. He was also a music fan. June Carter Cash claimed to be a cousin; Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan would become firm friends, and without the support of the Allman Brothers, his campaign may never have gotten off the ground.

Seemingly tireless even in his nineties, the former President speaks knowledgeably about gospel, jazz, and rock ’n’ roll, while Garth Brooks, Bono, Rosanne Cash, Gregg Allman and Dylan suggest the admiration is mutual. Featuring rare archival performances from Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie and others, this is a nostalgic treat for Boomers. And for younger viewers, it offers a fascinating glimpse of a very different era in the American experiment.

The film will be available to watch online, all weekend starting at 6 pm on Friday, November 6 and continuing until midnight on Sunday November 8.

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$8 (or for those with limited incomes $5).
For more information: Ed (250 897-0525)