Film Series – The Devil We Know – Tues.  March 5th,  7pm at NIC – Stan Hagen Theatre

Film Series – The Devil We Know – Tues. March 5th, 7pm at NIC – Stan Hagen Theatre

The Devil We Know (88 min.) The DuPont corporation brought us Teflon’s non-stick cookware and its key chemical ingredient, C8—now found in the bloodstream of 99 per cent of Americans. While concealing knowledge about C8’s harmful effects, DuPont contaminated the environment and falsely continued marketing Teflon products as safe. Hear from affected individuals who refused to go down without a fight.

Winner Impact Award Vancouver Int’l Film Festival

Click here to watch the film trailer

Film Series – “Best of Fest” Tuesday, Feb. 19th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

Film Series – “Best of Fest” Tuesday, Feb. 19th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay.

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and the audience picks for “Best of Fest” resulted in a tie between two inspirational films to be shown as a double bill.

First up will be Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives (63 min.) Singer, songwriter and social activist Holly Near has been performing for over 50 years and in the process created what Gloria Steinem called, “the first soundtrack of the women’s movement.”

Singing for Our Lives serves as an important testament to a time of protest, coalition building and international solidarity. Featuring Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, the late Ronnie Gilbert and others, this music-filled film speaks to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and equality.

Not to be missed is the newly-release film Treeline (40 min.) which celebrates the forests on which our species have always depended, and around which some skiers and snowboarders have based their entire lives. Follow a group of snow-seekers, scientists and healers as they explore the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecone pines of Nevada, delving deeper into the ways we are connected to trees and how trees network with each other. This is a beautiful, meditative film that will make you appreciate the importance of saving our forests.

Admission is by donation. All are welcome. FMI: 250 337 5412

Programmer Picks for World Community Film Festival

The 28th World Community Film Festival brings a dynamic program that will move and inspire
audiences in five venues in downtown Courtenay on Feb. 1 and 2.

Festival opening and closing nights offer ‘must see’ award-winning films Gurrumul and Soufra, but don’t miss some of the other programmer favourites listed below.

Diane Cartwright recommends Love and Bananas: An Elephant Love Story, a heartwarming depiction of positive changes in people, elephants and tourism when a brave woman works to defy cultural norms and rescue mistreated elephants.

Music biopic Holly Near: Singing for Our Lives takes us back to the women’s music scene in the 1980s and illuminates Near’s work as artist and global activist. “This uplifting film speaks
to anyone who cares about peace and justice” says Janet Fairbanks. Another music fave is Satan and Adam featuring the talented blues duo of Sterling (Satan) Magee and Adam
Gussow.

Wayne Bradley is particularly inspired by several of this year’s films which may change your view of trees and forests forever.  Call of the Forest and Treeline look at some surprising aspects of our relationships with forests. Ecology Transforms Youth and Save Space Nugget are local examination of these same issues.

We have a great selection of films from all over the world but one of Gordon Darby’s picks is rooted in our own back yard. The film Cooperativa: La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) by local filmmaker Ed Carswell gives us a look at the important relationships and partnerships between Nicaraguan coffee farmer cooperatives and World Community.

Another jury favourite is The Radicals which introduces us to a group of snowboarders and surfers who are raising environmental awareness and giving back to their sports and First Nations communities.

Ardith Chambers comments “watching films made by and about First Nations people gives ‘settlers’ a much needed insight into the world of indigenous lives. Dust n’ Bones shows us the role ancestry still plays in local nations”.

Please note that tickets are on sale at the

Sid Williams Theatre Box Office (tel: 250 338-2430)

or you can order online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com

Fairly traded, Organic Products for sale

Fairly traded, Organic Products for sale

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We sell fairly traded, organic coffee, tea, chocolate, hot chocolate, cocao, olive oil, spices & more.

Products are available in the Comox Valley and beyond. You can also visit our warehouse every Thursday 10am - 12 pm. 

Location: #3 - 2440 Rosewall Cres.,

We hope to see you there!!

We are particularly proud of our ongoing relationship with our coffee growers in Pancasan and Dalia, near Matagalpa, Nicaragua. These producers get a guaranteed price above the world market price, freeing them from the risks of its fluctuations. Not only is this coffee superb, the gourmet Arabica beans are freshly roasted in small batches each week at Creekmore’s Coffee in Coombs, B.C.

The Film Series will continue in February at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay. Check back later for details.

The Film Series will continue in February at Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay. Check back later for details.

“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back” Louis Riel (1885)

Don’t miss this special screening of the powerful film, When They Awake (92 min.), co-hosted by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre.

When They Awake documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging Indigenous musicians whose voices are being heard in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. It is to this generation and their astonishing music that the film bears witness.

Featuring more than 20 artists, including modern trailblazers such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, the Jerry Cans, and Iskwé, the film illustrates how native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. The film “is infused with so much positive energy, it practically bursts off the screen” writes Laurie Sarkadi, Yellowknife Edge

Click here to watch the trailer.

Everyone Welcome.  Admission by donation.  FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412