World Community Screens Award-winning Film, The Secret Trial 5

World Community Screens Award-winning Film, The Secret Trial 5

Imagine spending years in a Canadian prison without being charged with a crime or knowing exactly what you’re accused of. This disturbing reality is exposed in the award-winning film, The Secret Trial 5, to be screened by World Community on Wednesday, April 29 at 7 pm in the Upper Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay.

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.

“It is no wonder this film won the Audience Choice award at the Vancouver Amnesty International Film Festival” notes programmer Wayne Bradley. “With the even more draconian Bill C-51 being pushed by the Harper government, it is frightening to see what powers the Canadian security services already possess.”  The film was also a “Top Ten” Winner at the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival.

“The film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in knowing how our government has attempted to uphold national security and what it has been willing to sacrifice both morally and financially.”  Huffington Post

The Comox Valley Peace Group is co-sponsoring the screening. Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome.  FMI:  250 337-5412

 

2014 World Community Film Festival – Film Descriptions

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Below you will find a list of films, starting with our Friday night opening features and chronologically (kind of) making its way to our closing films on Saturday.

Click on the film title to view the full description for each film.
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7:30pm @ The Sid Williams Theatre

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Saturday @ various venues 

Family Film Festival - Lower Sid Theatre:

 

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8pm @ The Sid Williams Theatre

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2014 Sponsors – World Community Film Festival

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Now Accepting Submissions for the 23rd World Community Film Festival

We are accepting submissions for the 23rd World Community Film Festival (www.worldcommunity.ca) to be held in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada January 31 and February 1, 2014.

There is no entry fee. Simply forward a DVD (NTSC) to the address below. Alternatively, if there is a way to preview online with a password, that would be great.

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Our festival is a juried, non-competitive event focusing on social justice and environmental issues and the struggles of people for peace and justice around the world. We purchase DVD copies of all successful entries with non-commercial public performance rights for multiple screenings.
We screen 25 - 30 DVDs , almost exclusively documentaries, at our main festival, and we sponsor the Travelling World Community Film Festival in several communities in B.C. and the rest of Canada.
Please visit the Film Festival page on our website to familiarize yourself with the nature of our program in previous years.
Feel free to contact us for more information.  We look forward to your reply.
Janet Fairbanks & Wayne Bradley – World Community Film Festival
PO Box 3192Courtenay, BC,Canada V9N 5N4
(250) 337-5412
fairbanksbradley@gmail.com
‘World Community’ Focuses on Local Food Security at AGM

‘World Community’ Focuses on Local Food Security at AGM

World Community Development Education Society is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, July 4 at 7pm at Creekside Commons (2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay). Please note that Lambert Drive is now accessed via 20th Street.

Everyone is welcome to join us for refreshments, updates on our work, and special guest speaker, Cynthia Fitton.

Cynthia Fitton the Executive Director of LUSH Valley Food Action Society has ten years experience working and volunteering with food security non-profits. She will discuss the current state of Comox Valley food issues focusing on emergency food programs and services, food skills and capacity building resources, and food policies and regulations.

Attendees will be entered into a draw for a pair of weekend passes to our 23rd World Community Film Festival (Jan 31 and Feb 1, 2014).

‘World Community’ works to foster greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels. For more information call 250 337-5412.