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

Film Series: World Community screens Surviving Progress – Tuesday, May 7

“Progress” is generally assumed to be good. But author and Massey Lecturer, Ronald Wright, questions if that is always the case. Join World Community on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the NIC theatre for the screening of the film, Surviving Progress.

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Surviving Progress  (87 min.) is a stunning feature documentary produced by Martin Scorsese that connects the financial collapse, growing inequity, and the Wall Street oligarchy, with future technology, sustainability and the fate of civilization. Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History of Progress, inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps”.  Alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains and our societies. The filmmakers trace the evolution of the concept of debt, the ways in which technology both created and destroyed empires (Greek, Roman, Mayan) throughout history, and how the 1 percent have hoarded and controlled resources since we left the caves.

This riveting film trots out a who’s-who of great thinkers—Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, assorted scientists and historians—who are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress.  Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation.  Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge; to prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end. Reviewer Andrew Beckerman calls this  documentary “a visually and intellectually engaging film.”

This is the final film screening in World Community’s spring film series. Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 250 337-5412

Watch the trailer below…

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