World Community’s film series continues November 6 - 8 with the new uplifting film Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (96 min) screening online into the comfort of your home.
Programmer Wayne Bradley comments “This music-filled documentary is a much-needed antidote to the cynical power politics we are watching in the current US presidential election.” This is a reminder that power does not always corrupt, decency may prevail, and music can bridge generational, economic and racial divides.
When the USA hit rock bottom in the mid 1970s after years of war, scandal, and corruption, the nation turned to a Georgia peanut farmer to become their president. Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, a devout Christian, a man of impeccable integrity who believed passionately in racial equality. He was also a music fan. June Carter Cash claimed to be a cousin; Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan would become firm friends, and without the support of the Allman Brothers, his campaign may never have gotten off the ground.
Seemingly tireless even in his nineties, the former President speaks knowledgeably about gospel, jazz, and rock ’n’ roll, while Garth Brooks, Bono, Rosanne Cash, Gregg Allman and Dylan suggest the admiration is mutual. Featuring rare archival performances from Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Dizzy Gillespie and others, this is a nostalgic treat for Boomers. And for younger viewers, it offers a fascinating glimpse of a very different era in the American experiment.
The film will be available to watch online, all weekend starting at 6 pm on Friday, November 6 and continuing until midnight on Sunday November 8.
$8 (or for those with limited incomes $5).
For more information: Ed (250 897-0525)
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