Film Series – The Devil We Know – Tues.  March 5th,  7pm at NIC – Stan Hagen Theatre

Film Series – The Devil We Know – Tues. March 5th, 7pm at NIC – Stan Hagen Theatre

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

Click here to watch the film trailer

Film Series – “Best of Fest” Tuesday, Feb. 19th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

Film Series – “Best of Fest” Tuesday, Feb. 19th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and the audience picks for “Best of Fest” resulted in a tie between two inspirational films to be shown as a double bill.

First up will be Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives (63 min.) Singer, songwriter and social activist Holly Near has been performing for over 50 years and in the process created what Gloria Steinem called, “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement.”

Singing for Our Lives serves as an important testament to a time of protest, coalition building and international solidarity. Featuring Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, the late Ronnie Gilbert and others, this music-filled film speaks to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and equality.

Not to be missed is the newly-release film Treeline (40 min.) which celebrates the forests on which our species have always depended, and around which some skiers and snowboarders have based their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers, scientists and healers as they explore the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecone pines of Nevada, delving deeper into the ways we are connected to trees and how trees network with each other. This is a beautiful, meditative film that will make you appreciate the importance of saving our forests.

Admission is by donation. All are welcome. FMI: 250 337 5412

Programmer Picks for World Community Film Festival

The 28th World Community Film Festival brings a dynamic program that will move and inspire
audiences in five venues in downtown Courtenay on Feb. 1 and 2.

Festival opening and closing nights offer ‘must see’ award-winning films Gurrumul and Soufra, but don’t miss some of the other programmer favourites listed below.

Diane Cartwright recommends Love and Bananas: An Elephant Love Story, a heartwarming depiction of positive changes in people, elephants and tourism when a brave woman works to defy cultural norms and rescue mistreated elephants.

Music biopic Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives takes us back to the women’s music scene in the 1980s and illuminates Near’s work as artist and global activist. “This uplifting film speaks
to anyone who cares about peace and justice” says Janet Fairbanks. Another music fave is Satan and Adam featuring the talented blues duo of Sterling (Satan) Magee and Adam

Wayne Bradley is particularly inspired by several of this year’s films which may change your view of trees and forests forever.  Call of the Forest and Treeline look at some surprising aspects of our relationships with forests. Ecology Transforms Youth and Save Space Nugget are local examination of these same issues.

We have a great selection of films from all over the world but one of Gordon Darby’s picks is rooted in our own back yard. The film Cooperativa: La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) by local filmmaker Ed Carswell gives us a look at the important relationships and partnerships between Nicaraguan coffee farmer cooperatives and World Community.

Another jury favourite is The Radicals which introduces us to a group of snowboarders and surfers who are raising environmental awareness and giving back to their sports and First Nations communities.

Ardith Chambers comments “watching films made by and about First Nations people gives ‘settlers’ a much needed insight into the world of indigenous lives. Dust n’ Bones shows us the role ancestry still plays in local nations”.

Please note that tickets are on sale at the

Sid Williams Theatre Box Office (tel: 250 338-2430)

or you can order online at

The Film Series will continue in February at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay. Check back later for details.

The Film Series will continue in February at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay. Check back later for details.

“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back” Louis Riel (1885)

Don’t miss this special screening of the powerful film, When They Awake (92 min.), co-hosted by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre.

When They Awake documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging Indigenous musicians whose voices are being heard in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. It is to this generation and their astonishing music that the film bears witness.

Featuring more than 20 artists, including modern trailblazers such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, the Jerry Cans, and Iskwé, the film illustrates how native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. The film “is infused with so much positive energy, it practically bursts off the screen” writes Laurie Sarkadi, Yellowknife Edge

Click here to watch the trailer.

Everyone Welcome.  Admission by donation.  FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412

Film Screening: Wajd: Songs of Separation – Tues. Oct. 30th, 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: Wajd: Songs of Separation – Tues. Oct. 30th, 7pm at NIC

After the trauma and dislocation of the war in Syria, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal?  The documentary, WAJD: Songs of Separation looks at the important role music plays in the lives of refugees. 

Wajd: Songs of Separation introduces us to three men—Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamad—all talented musicians, who are re-assembling their lives in Turkey and Holland while they await uncertain futures. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning.

Footage of their daily lives is woven together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of  pre-war Syria.

The film is a moving testament to both the heartbreak and loss of war and the resilience of  individuals. It is a beautiful meditation on the healing and life-affirming power of music and creative expression. Click Here to watch the trailer. 

Admission is by donation.  Advisory: some scenes of war.  FMI: 250-337 5412




(77 min) follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. “This film highlights the personal struggles and victories of one person’s path.” Bill McKibben   A story of heroism – full of love, anguish and humour.  Click Here to watch the trailer.