Film Fest Sneak Preview Exposes Privacy Risks

Film Fest Sneak Preview Exposes Privacy Risks

Check out a sneak preview of the 27th World Community Film Festival at the screening of Pre-Crime on Tuesday, November 28 at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC Courtenay campus. Click Here to watch the film trailer.

What if tomorrow’s murders could be prevented today? To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms.

At the same time, citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data; our every move, message and purchase is tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong or biased? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done? Who is, or isn’t, protected by the algorithm?

The film exposes the creators of this predictive policing technology. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our freedom for the promise of security. Pre-Crime is a chilling wake-up call. A science fiction scenario, both fascinating and scary, has arrived in our everyday life. Welcome to the real Minority Report.

Everyone welcome. Admission is by donation. FMI: 250 337-5412


Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro – Tuesday Nov. 14 – 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: I Am Not Your Negro – Tuesday Nov. 14 – 7pm at NIC

Raoul Peck’s oscar-nominated film, I Am Not Your Negro, a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
In 1979, James Baldwin was planning his next book project, a personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his
manuscript. Now, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
I Am Not Your Negro is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race relations in the US, using Baldwin’s original words and a flood of rich archival material. The narrative questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature and received the Peoples’ Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Click here to watch the film trailer.    

Everyone welcome (coarse language advisory).  Admission by donation. FMI: (250) 337-5412

Film Screening: Inconvenient Sequel – Thursday Oct 26th – 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: Inconvenient Sequel – Thursday Oct 26th – 7pm at NIC

When Al Gore released Inconvenient Truth over a decade ago, climate change was thought of as a hypothetical issue by most people. You had to understand complex graphs and computer models to grasp it. Today, most people have experienced enough extreme and record-breaking weather to know that climate change is very real. World Community is screening Al Gore’s follow up film, Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power.

This film is far more than a slide show. There is footage of Gore giving talks around the world, but we follow Gore off the stage too, as he experiences the real effects of climate change, wading through Miami high tides swamping the city streets, or visiting with victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated Tacloban City in the Philippines. But the most compelling material follows Gore at the Paris climate talks in November 2015.

An Inconvenient Truth, is a standalone accomplishment in the history of American climate politics. Multiple studies have found that the movie really did shift public opinion on climate change. Inconvenient Sequel promises to have an even greater impact.

Following the film guest speaker Will Cole-Hamilton will share his recent experience at Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Training in Seattle.

Click Here to watch the film trailer

Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: Janet 250 337-5412


Our next film screening will be:

I Am Not Your Negro - Tuesday November 14, 7pm at NIC  -  Click here to watch the film trailer


Film Screening – Tues. Oct 10,  7pm at NIC Theatre, Courtenay

Film Screening – Tues. Oct 10, 7pm at NIC Theatre, Courtenay

FREIGHTENED – The Real Price of Shipping….

Cheap clothes, electronics, food — all of it travels the globe by ship. And the true cost of shipping is higher than you may think. Learn more about this and what you can do to make a difference at World Community’s film screening of Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping on Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.

90% of the goods we consume in the West are manufactured in far-off lands and brought to us by ship. The cargo shipping industry is a key player in world economy and forms the basis of our very model of modern civilization. Yet the functioning and regulations of this business remain largely obscure to many, and its hidden costs affect us all.

Due to their size, freight ships no longer fit in traditional city harbours; they have moved out of the public’s eye, behind barriers and check points. The film answers questions such as: Who pulls the strings in this multi-billion dollar business? To what extent does the industry control our policy makers? How does it affect the environment above and below the water-line? And what’s life like for modern seafarers? Taking us on a journey over seas and oceans, Freightened reveals in an audacious investigation the many faces of world-wide freight shipping and sheds light on the consequences of an all-but-visible industry.

Click here to watch the film trailer.  Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome.

~~Mark your calendars for the next screening in the series………..Al Gore’s Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Thursday October 26th at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre.

FMI: Janet 250 337-5412

Film Screening: Birth of a Family -Wed, June 28 – 7 pm

Film Screening: Birth of a Family -Wed, June 28 – 7 pm

Aboriginal History Month Film: Birth of a Family

Location:  K’omoks Band Hall, 3320 Comox Rd., Courtenay

Three Indigenous sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families, meet together for the first time in this moving  documentary. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s Sixties Scoop, they were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.

Birth of a Family (Trailer) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.

Co-hosted by World Community, Comox Valley Transition Society, and Immigrant Welcome Centre

Panel discussion to follow. Admission is free. Everyone welcome. FMI: phone  250-897-0511