Film Screening: Tuesday, Nov 27th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay

Film Screening: Tuesday, Nov 27th – 7pm at Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay

“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

Film Screening: Wajd: Songs of Separation – Tues. Oct. 30th, 7pm at NIC

Film Screening: Wajd: Songs of Separation – Tues. Oct. 30th, 7pm at NIC

After the trauma and dislocation of the war in Syria, how does one begin to pick up the pieces and heal?  The documentary, WAJD: Songs of Separation looks at the important role music plays in the lives of refugees. 

Wajd: Songs of Separation introduces us to three men—Ibrahim, Abdulwahed, and Mohamad—all talented musicians, who are re-assembling their lives in Turkey and Holland while they await uncertain futures. Forced to rebuild their lives in exile, they turn to their love of music to help them find meaning.

Footage of their daily lives is woven together with bittersweet musical performances, extremely rare Sufi ceremonies, and poetic imagery of  pre-war Syria.

The film is a moving testament to both the heartbreak and loss of war and the resilience of  individuals. It is a beautiful meditation on the healing and life-affirming power of music and creative expression. Click Here to watch the trailer. 

Admission is by donation.  Advisory: some scenes of war.  FMI: 250-337 5412




(77 min) follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. “This film highlights the personal struggles and victories of one person’s path.” Bill McKibben   A story of heroism – full of love, anguish and humour.  Click Here to watch the trailer.

Film Screening:  Being the Change -Tues. October 9th at 7 pm –  Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College, Courtenay.

Film Screening: Being the Change -Tues. October 9th at 7 pm – Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College, Courtenay.

Is it possible to move away from fossil fuels and live a more joyful life? That is the question NASA atmospheric scientist Peter Kalmus explores in the film, Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary, presented by World Community.

Peter, his wife Sharon, and two kids reduced their carbon emissions by more than a factor of ten between 2010 and 2014, going from emitting an estimated 20 tonnes annually to 2 tonnes. They did so by making changes in their own lives and found more happiness and satisfaction in the process.

Kalmus comments “There’s this desire that we have to just solve all of our problems with technology. But I think there are some situations where more technology isn’t the best option. The burning of fossil fuels has really fueled this myth … that we can do anything with technology.” Instead, he advocates less tech-driven approach to reducing one’s impact. This method, he explains, saves him money.

The film is 58 minutes long and is appropriate for all ages. Click Here to view the trailer.

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

Film Screening: After Spring – Tuesday Sept. 25th at 7pm

Film Screening: After Spring – Tuesday Sept. 25th at 7pm

World Community is partnering with the Immigrant Welcome Centre for a special screening of the award-winning documentary, After Spring, at 7pm, Tuesday Sept. 25 in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay. The film, produced by Jon Stewart, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.

With the Syrian conflict now in its eighth year, millions of people have been displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will get glimpses of what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent.

Snippets from home movies provide an illustration of Syria before the war, with scenes of people shopping, dancing, sunning themselves on the beach. The images represent a stark contrast to the current lives of Zaatari’s residents. But life goes on. The camp is in effect a functioning city with over 80,000 residents, and it bustles with activity, including restaurants and retail shops. A Korean instructor offers courses in Tae Kwan Do.

“It is a touching and unexpectedly positive message that makes After Spring a valuable contribution to the range of documentaries emerging from the conflict in Syria.”- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Click Here to watch the trailer

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

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Celebrating The Tragically Hip & National Canadian Film Day

Epic. Goosebumps. Tears.

A reminder of how much Gord will be missed.

Emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish.

As part of the annual celebrations for National Canadian Film Day, the Sid Williams Theatre Society and World Community Development Education Society proudly present a screening of Long Time Running on Monday April 16 at the Sid Williams Theatre.

“I would have loved to say thank you face, to face, to face - to everybody, somehow,” Gord Downie declares in one of the interviews featured in the latest film from renowned Canadian documentary filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Manufactured LandscapesAct of GodWatermark).

Long Time Running chronicles the emotional and epic 2016 tour The Tragically Hip embarked on after iconic frontman Gord Downie announced that he had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Intimate moments, behind-the-scenes and on-stage footage, and personal interviews with the band and close friends, reveal the heartbreaking final performances of that now-legendary tour.

No other band encapsulated the rugged soul of Canada quite like the Hip, and it was completely in character for Downie – the everyman poet laureate of Canada – to go out on his own terms, with a powerfully galvanizing tour that delivered some of the most exhilarating performances of the band’s history.

Long Time Running, named after a languid blues song from the band’s second album, is both a history lesson and a eulogy for a group with 16 Juno Awards to its credit,” writes Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail.

Featuring fierce performances of Hip favourites like “Blow at High Dough,” “Grace, Too” and the heartrending tribute to endurance that gives the film its title, Long Time Running is neither morbid nor unduly sombre. Rather, this is a film about wonder, perseverance, and feeling alive even when dark shadows loom.

National Canadian Film Day (April 18) is REEL CANADA’s annual day-long celebration of Canadian film, through screenings, events, panel discussions, and conversations across the country.

Admission for the film is by donation (at the door) to World Community Development Education Society. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm.

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Tara Murphy

Marketing & Development Coordinator, Sid Williams Theatre Society