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

 

A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR – Friday, March 20th

A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR – Friday, March 20th

 World Community presents

A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR

Celebrating FAIR TRADE Chocolate

Friday, March 20th, 2015 - 7pm Upper Florence Filberg Hall

chocAffairCome enjoy chocolate treats created by local chefs, the music of Anela Kahiamoe, and a film screening!

There will be a silent auction & door prizes

Participating Businesses:
Atlas Cafe, As you Like It Catering, Blue Moon Winery, Dark Side Chocolates, Tria Fine Catering and Cumberland Hemp Co.

Tickets $20 - advance purchase only at Laughing Oyster Book Shop & Bop City Records (Courtenay) Dark Side Chocolates (Cumberland), Church Street Bakery (Comox)

All the Senses to be Indulged in A Chocolate Affair   Local chefs and chocolatiers will be preparing chocolate in all its magnificent and tasty forms. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to sample a variety of delectable fair trade treats. Tea and coffee will also be served.

Add to this a silent auction of quality goods, and door prizes and you’re promised a great night out. Funds raised from the event will go towards supporting the work of World Community, both locally and internationally. World Community contributes a significant portion of its profits and efforts to Comox Valley groups and causes.

FMI: phone 250 337-5412

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23rd Annual World Community Film Festival 2014 – Viewer Clips

Below is a short video from Free2BeYou featuring some comments from festival-goers at the 2014 World Community Film Festival.

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This video was produced in collaboration with the Comox Valley Global Awareness Network.

CVGAN_logoThe CV Global Awareness Network (CVGAN) is an initiative conceived by Comox Valley people involved in social justice and international development, in order to support their actions around social justice and global awareness. The CVGAN focuses on capacity-building, networking, and learning through regional forums, events and workshops focused delivered in flexible, creative, and innovative ways. Membership in CVGAN is free.

The CVGAN is encouraged by the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), a coalition of individuals and NGO’s working to achieve sustainable human development across the globe, and receives funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) via the BCCIC. Check out their website at www.cvglobalawareness.com

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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