Climbing gas prices and environmental concerns are encouraging people to consider making the shift to various electric modes of transportation. World Community will screen the film at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay .
This entertaining and educational film looks at some of the myths people have about electric cars (speed, range, etc.) and gives thought-provoking information to consider. Vendors, drivers, and enthusiasts share their views.
With thousands of dollars currently available as incentives for purchasing electric cars, some people who watch this film may soon end up driving their own electric vehicle.
Resource people will be available to answer questions after the film.
Admission is by donation.
FMI: 250 337-5412
For even more information, attend the Move 2 Electric event on Saturday May 18th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Comox Valley Sports Centre parking lot. Learn about electric cars, bikes and scooters, and talk to owners and experts. Test drive an electric car or e-bike, and find out about incentives for purchasing electric vehicles. Admission to the event is free.
FMI: check out the Comox Valley Electric Vehicle Association or Watershed Sentinel Facebook page.
The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal. World Community is pleased to present the multi award-winning film, This Mountain Life (77 min.) at 7 pm on Tuesday April 30 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.
For some people, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania attempt a bitterly cold 2300-kilometer ski trek from BC to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by two women.
Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years.
Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a stunning visual experience and a profound spiritual journey set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.
Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jennifer Rustmeyer (Clean Bin Project and Just Eat It) will join via Skype for a Q&A session after the screening.
Admission is by donation. FMI: 250 337 5412
Also - Coming Soon – What is the Electric Car? (75 min.)
Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm at NIC.
This entertaining and educational film looks at some of the myths people have about electric cars (speed, range, etc.) and gives thought-provoking information to consider. Vendors, drivers, and enthusiasts share their views. People who watch this film may soon end up driving their own electric vehicle.
Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm - Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.
Many politicians and environmentalists champion technology as the solution to all of our problems. What if technologies are accelerating our problems? What would the solutions be? These are the questions that award-winning journalist and author, Andrew Nikiforuk, will be addressing in his engaging presentation. The title of his presentation is ‘Understanding the Technological Imperative: How Technology Has Conquered Everything’. His talk will be followed by a Q&A session.
Andrew Nikiforuk has been writing about energy, economics and the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years and cares deeply about accuracy, government accountability, and cumulative impacts. He has won several National Magazine Awards for his journalism since 1989 and top honours for investigative writing from the Association of Canadian Journalists.
Andrew has also published several books which make riveting reading, Slick Water, The Empire of the Beetle and Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction in 2002.
Whether speaking or writing about melting glaciers, educational shams or the destruction of the boreal forest, Nikiforuk has earned a reputation as an honest and provocative voice in Canadian journalism. He is now a contributing editor for the Tyee.
Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 250 337 5412
630pm - Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay
SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) is a 105 minute 2018 Canadian drama co-directed by Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaada Gyaahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language (with subtitles). Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.
The film was created primarily by indigenous people, including the co-directors, a mostly amateur crew, and the Haida cast. In 2017, Edge of the Knife actors were taught to speak Haida (endangered dialects with only 20 fluent speakers) at a two-week intensive training camp and throughout the five weeks of filming.
First shown on September 1, 2018 to the primary audience, Haida Gwaii residents, SGaawaay K’uuna made its public premiere six days later at the Toronto International Film Festival, which named the film in its Canada’s Top Ten list. At the Vancouver International Film Festival, the film was voted Best Canadian feature, Best BC Film, and Most Popular Film. Further nominations and awards have been presented to actors and costume designers.
“They say a fire calls you into the forest. The cold will make you desperate to catch the fire; but no matter how long you run, you cannot catch the fire. You run and run until your mind is sick and the spirits take you over. You become wild. You become Gaagiixid.”
The film is set in the 1800s in Haida Gwaii. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.
This event features an opening Haida cultural performance by Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers. We’re thrilled to have director Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw join us for a post screening Q&A session via Skype.
Admission is by donation (suggested $8 or what you can afford). Doors to the lobby will open at 5 pm. Theatre entrance at 6 pm. FMI: 250 337 5412
The DuPont corporation revolutionized home cooking with Teflon’s non-stick cookware and its key chemical ingredient, C8. But how safe is it? World Community’s film series continues with a screening of the eco-thriller, The Devil We Know (88 min. - North Island College, Courtenay).
Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig says “As a mother, I was extremely shocked to learn there is no real oversight of industrial chemicals before they go to market in this country. We assume that if something is on store shelves, it’s safe – but that’s not the case.”
While concealing knowledge about C8’s harmful effects, DuPont contaminated the environment with chemical waste, failed to warn their employees about serious health risks and continued marketing Teflon products as safe. Now 99% of US citizens, including newborn babies, have C8 in their bloodstreams.
Internal documents and secret in-house studies reveal a disturbing truth: to maximize profits, DuPont had knowingly been pumping a poisonous chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people for decades.
In a class-action lawsuit that led to a landmark decision, residents learned the true extent of the irreversible damage DuPont caused. This film exposes the depths of corporate greed as well as the perseverance of individuals who refused to go down without a fight.
Winner Impact Award Vancouver International Film Festival
Admission by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 250 337-5412