The natural qualities of horses can be beneficial for people with physical or psychological limitations. World Community’s film series continues online over the Thanksgiving weekend with the beautiful new film Walk On: The Horse Healer (52 min) by Denman Island filmmaker, Francois Laliberte. The film documents the healing process involved in Equine Assisted Therapy; it will be available to start watching at any time from Friday October 8th through Monday October 11th (with 48 hours to complete).
Tickets are $10/ individual, $16/ household or $8/ limited income.
There are several touching accounts of providers treating individuals with a horse as partner. Riding instructors, therapists, counselors and riders all witnessed amazing moments of healing and rehabilitation.
Trudy Beaton, board member of the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society says ” I have been a fan of this program for many years. More recently, I have truly understood the value of therapeutic riding watching a neighbourhood child blossom in the program, and sharing his family’s pride in his achievements.”
A bonus feature will be an interview with Francois Laliberte who travelled the country collecting stories and images beautifully demonstrating this unique therapy. Our local Therapeutic Riding Society is one organization featured in the film; proceeds from the screening will be shared with the society.
Take a musical trip to Cuba with World Community’s next film series offering, Los Hermanos: The Brothers available online anytime from September 10 – 12.
CLICK HERE for film trailer & link to purchase tickets ($10/ individual, $16/ household, $8/ limited income.
Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist and composer Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family. Featuring an electrifying, genre bending score, composed by Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.
This screening is co-sponsored by the Immigrant Welcome Centre with funding from the province of BC.
Save the date for the next film September 24 – 26.
To celebrate Black History Month, we’re screening several films online - available any time over the weekend of Feb. 26 - 28.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about this history both in Canada and the US.
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.