10:00am SID – 88 min.  Marmato

10:00am SID – 88 min. Marmato

10am Marmato - 88 min - SID

Calle Films

Director: Mark Gieco

If Colombia is the focal point of the new global gold rush, then Marmato, a mining town with over 500 years of mining history, is the new frontier. Gold, estimated to be worth 20 billion dollars, is being mined in traditional ways by the locals who risk their lives daily in return for modest salaries from local businessmen.  When the Colombian government opens the mining industry to foreign investment in 2006, hopes are high for more lucrative employment. It doesn’t take long for disillusionment to set in as a Canadian company, Medoro, promptly buys up 88% of the mines in the area and initiates an allegedly “eco-friendly” open-pit mining scheme that entails mass relocation of homes and, eventually, extensive layoffs.  Filmed over six years, Marmato is a beautifully shot portrait of the lives of some of the miners who confront and defy Medoro.

 

10:00am UNS – 84 min.  The Secret Trial 5

10:00am UNS – 84 min. The Secret Trial 5

 10am The Secret Trial 5 - 84 min. - UNS

 

Blue Ice Docs

Director: Amar Wala

Imagine spending years in prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. A film about the human impact of the “War on Terror,” The Secret Trial 5 is a sobering examination of the Canadian government’s use of security certificates, a Kafkaesque tool that allows for indefinite detention without charges, based on evidence not revealed to the accused or their lawyers. Over the last decade, this rare and highly controversial device has been used to detain five men for nearly 30 years combined. To date, none has been charged with a crime or seen the evidence against them. Through the experience of the detainees and their families, the film raises poignant questions about the balance between security and liberty.

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10:00am LNS – 83 min.  American Revolutionary

10:00am LNS – 83 min. American Revolutionary

10am American Revolutionary - 83 min. - LNS

Good Docs

Director: Grace Lee

Grace Lee Boggs is a 99-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher.  Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. Grace’s lifetime of vital thinking and action traverses major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Danny Glover and others help shape this story. “Revolution”, Boggs says, “is about the ability to transform oneself to transform the world”.

Best Feature, Toronto Asian Film Festival & Woodstock Festival; Audience Award,Wisconsin Film Festival

 

 

 

10:00am FFR – 72 min.  Shameless Propaganda

10:00am FFR – 72 min. Shameless Propaganda

10am Shameless Propaganda - 72 min. - FFR

 

NFB

Director: Robert Lower

This feature film examines its own genre, the documentary, which has often been called Canada’s national art form. Released in the year of the NFB’s 75th birthday, Shameless Propaganda is filmmaker Robert Lower’s take on the boldest and most compelling propaganda effort in our history (1939-1945) in which founding NFB Commissioner John Grierson saw the documentary as a “hammer to shape society”.  The films produced until 1945 by the NFB are distilled here for the essence of their message to Canadians. Using only these films and still photos from that era, Lower recreates the picture of Canada they gave us and looks for the Canada we know today. What he finds is by turns enlightening, entertaining and unexpectedly disturbing.

11:30am FFR – 70 min. Connected by Coffee

11:30am FFR – 70 min. Connected by Coffee

11:30am Connected by Coffee - 70 min. - FFR

 

Stone Hut Studios

Filmmakers: Aaron Dennis & Chelsea Bay Dennis

The film  follows two North American coffee roasters on a journey across Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua to listen to the stories of the people who grow their coffee. On the way they meet with soldiers who have become growers, powerful women who are controlling their own destinies and many small-scale farmers joining together to form cooperatives. This film serves as a starting point to educate coffee drinkers about the basics of fair trade, cooperatives, social justice, shade grown, organic, the conflict in fair trade and the new challenges of dealing with coffee rust. In the context of historical injustices of global politics and international trade, the film asks some tough questions.