31st Annual World Community Film Festival

31st Annual World Community Film Festival

31st Annual World Community Film Festival

Opening night returns to the Sid Williams Theatre on Friday, Feb. 4 th for the uplifting film Fanny: The Right to Rock. Fighting barriers of race, gender and sexuality in the music industry, the incredible women of the 1960s rock band, Fanny, reunite to play music and cut a new record. The film has received rave reviews and many awards including Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs and Inside Out Festivals. As David Bowie said “Revivify Fanny and my work is done”.

Covid protocols apply at the Sid and tickets are limited to 250 (reserved seating). This film contains coarse & sexual language and is rated PG.

The World Community Virtual Festival runs from February 5 – 13 with 16 social and environmental justice documentaries from around the globe. Films will be available to watch at any time during the festival. Audience members can purchase separate tickets for individual films or passes to cover all online films.

CLICK HERE to watch the film trailer or to purchase a ticket for an online screening anytime between December 10 – 12

How ‘natural’ is liquified ‘natural’ gas? The film Fracking the Peace (35 min) tells how fracking for ‘natural’ gas has negatively impacted the lives of people living on Treaty 8 territory in Northeastern BC.   The Peace River region has been ravaged by more than 25,000 fracking wells threatening livelihoods, physical and mental health, rich agricultural land and the very water that sustains life. Fracking is currently responsible for the majority of BC’s methane emissions which are 86 times more toxic for the atmosphere than CO2.   Fracking the Peace paints a picture of how fracking development in BC has been allowed to skyrocket.

 

 

Online screening available anytime between November 26 and 28 - CLICK HERE to watch the film trailer or to pre-order a ticket !

A walk in the woods will never be the same after watching the film, The Hidden Life of Trees (83 min), being co-presented by World Community and the Comox Valley Land Trust.   Based on forester Peter Wohlleben’s bestselling book The Hidden Life of Trees, the film follows Wohlleben through forests in Europe and BC as he contends that trees are social beings who share food through their root systems, protect each other from insects and time their blossoming for bumper years that will outstrip animals’ ability to eat all the seeds.

Wohlleben is not opposed to all logging but points out that monoculture plantations are unhealthy; clear-cutting destroys the potential of young trees and heavy machinery does irreversible damage by compacting the soil. There are alternative approaches. The film is full of lovely images, macro close-ups and time-lapse photography.     For more information:  (250) 337 5412