$8 (or for those with limited incomes $5).
Save the date for World Community’s Annual General Meeting via Zoom on Thursday October 29th at 7 pm.
Join us for a sneak peak on plans for our 30th World Community Film Festival and a video report from the farmers in Nicaragua who grow our delicious World Community coffee. We’re looking forward to hearing how they are doing during the pandemic. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
World Community resumes our film series with The Great Disconnect
(one hour), available to stream on Tues. Oct. 20th at 6pm and
continuing to be available through midnight on Wed. Oct. 21. Link to the film: https://xerb.tv/channel/worldcommunityca/virtual-events
Even before Covid 19 emerged, many people were isolating from one another, and because of this, facing another kind of health crisis that affects all of us. This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the importance of relationships we have with those around us. Join wellness expert Tamer Soliman as he journeys through North American cities to meet with local citizens, and leading authorities on social, economic, and urban planning to discover the factors that have profound and lasting impacts, not only on our health, but the health of the communities in which we live.
A pre-recorded panel discussion featuring Nancy Gothard and Helen Boyd will also be available to watch after the screening. Gothard, Courtenay City Planner, will offer ideas to consider as citizens provide neighbourhood-scaled input into revisions for Courtenay’s climate-friendly Official Community Plan in late October and early November. Helen Boyd of Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment will add reflections about the film and the issues it raises.
Tickets are $8 per household (or $5 for subsidized tickets) Proceeds from World Community online screenings are shared with the filmmakers who continue to make films we all enjoy.
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
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
What if the lifestyle changes needed to reduce our environmental impacts actually made our lives more meaningful, rewarding and fun? Join World Community for its final night of public events in the series “The Climate Crisis: Adaptation, Activism and Resilience”
Organized as a bazaar or marketplace of ideas, “Opportunities for Personal and Community Action” will feature presentations and displays by local change makers - businesses, non-profits and individuals – who offer concrete ways to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance resilience at the family and community level.
Learn how to add renewable energy to your home, reduce food and packaging waste, invest in planet-healing ventures or thrive by living in cohousing. Have a good idea? Audience members will be encouraged to share their own suggestions and aspirations for changes that we can undertake now.
In the coming decades it is anticipated that climate instability will affect every aspect of our lives. Learning what we can do now to mitigate our impacts is crucial; building the capacity to adapt and thrive in a changing world is equally critical. Perhaps most important is seizing the opportunity this change presents us to begin to re-orient our lives towards the kinds of positive changes that will bring deeper life satisfaction and greater connection with our community.