This Mountain Life to screen April 30th

This Mountain Life to screen April 30th

The awe that mountainous landscapes evoke is universal. World Community is pleased to present the multi award-winning film, This Mountain Life (77 min.)  at 7 pm on Tuesday April 30 at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay.

For some people, the draw of the mountains is so strong that their lives revolve around it. Martina Halik and her 60-year-old mother Tania attempt a bitterly cold 2300-kilometer ski trek from BC to Alaska through the treacherous Coast Mountains; a journey that has been completed only once before, and never by two women.

Their adventure is interspersed with beautifully crafted portraits of high-altitude human endurance: the gripping story an avalanche burial; a group of nuns who inhabit a mountain retreat to be closer to God; an impassioned alpinist; a focused snow artist; a couple who has been living off grid in the mountains for nearly 50 years.

Shot in cinematic detail, This Mountain Life is a stunning visual experience and a profound spiritual journey set high in the peaks of British Columbia, Canada.

Filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jennifer Rustmeyer  (Clean Bin Project and Just Eat It) will join via Skype for a Q&A session after the screening.

Admission is by donation. FMI:  250 337 5412

Also - Coming Soon  – What is the Electric Car? (75 min.)

Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm at NIC.
This entertaining and educational film looks at some of the myths people have about electric cars (speed, range, etc.) and gives thought-provoking information to consider. Vendors, drivers, and enthusiasts share their views. People who watch this film may soon end up driving their own electric vehicle.

Film Screening: March 12th  Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)  (105 min)

Film Screening: March 12th Sgaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) (105 min)

630pm - Sid Williams Theatre, Courtenay

SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife) is a 105 minute 2018 Canadian drama co-directed by Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw and Jaada Gyaahlangnaay Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in dialects of the Haida language (with subtitles). Set in 19th century Haida Gwaii, it tells the classic Haida story of the traumatized and stranded man transformed to Gaagiixiid, the wildman.

The film was created primarily by indigenous people, including the co-directors, a mostly amateur crew, and the Haida cast. In 2017, Edge of the Knife actors were taught to speak Haida (endangered dialects with only 20 fluent speakers) at a two-week intensive training camp and throughout the five weeks of filming.

First shown on September 1, 2018 to the primary audience, Haida Gwaii residents, SGaawaay K’uuna made its public premiere six days later at the Toronto International Film Festival, which named the film in its Canada’s Top Ten list. At the Vancouver International Film Festival, the film was voted Best Canadian feature, Best BC Film, and Most Popular Film. Further nominations and awards have been presented to actors and costume designers.

“They say a fire calls you into the forest. The cold will make you desperate to catch the fire; but no matter how long you run, you cannot catch the fire. You run and run until your mind is sick and the spirits take you over. You become wild. You become Gaagiixid.”

The film is set in the 1800s in Haida Gwaii. At a seasonal fishing camp two families endure conflict between the nobleman Adiits’ii and his best friend Kwa. After Adiits’ii causes the accidental death of Kwa’s son, he flees into the rainforest, descending into madness and transforming into Gaagiixid – “the Wildman.” When the families return in the spring, they discover Adiits’ii has survived the winter. Can he be rescued and returned to his humanity? Meanwhile, Kwa wrestles with his deepest desire – revenge.

Presented by World Community, I-Hos Gallery, Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers, Immigrant Welcome Society, and the Sid Williams Theatre Society.

This event features an opening Haida cultural performance by Xyuu Xyahl Gaang.nga - Southeast Wind Dancers. We’re thrilled to have director Hluugitgaa Gwaai Edenshaw join us for a post screening Q&A session via Skype.

Admission is by donation (suggested $8 or what you can afford). Doors to the lobby will open at 5 pm. Theatre entrance at 6 pm. FMI: 250 337 5412


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 DuPont corporation revolutionized home cooking with Teflon’s non-stick cookware and its key chemical ingredient, C8. But how safe is it? World Community’s film series continues with a screening of the eco-thriller, The Devil We Know (88 min. - North Island College, Courtenay).

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig says “As a mother, I was extremely shocked to learn there is no real oversight of industrial chemicals before they go to market in this country. We assume that if something is on store shelves, it’s safe – but that’s not the case.”

While concealing knowledge about C8’s harmful effects, DuPont contaminated the environment with chemical waste, failed to warn their employees about serious health risks and continued marketing Teflon products as safe. Now 99% of US citizens, including newborn babies, have C8 in their bloodstreams.

Internal documents and secret in-house studies reveal a disturbing truth: to maximize profits, DuPont had knowingly been pumping a poisonous chemical into the air and public water supply of more than 70,000 people for decades.

In a class-action lawsuit that led to a landmark decision, residents learned the true extent of the irreversible damage DuPont caused. This film exposes​​ the depths of corporate greed as well as the perseverance of individuals who refused to go down without a fight.

Winner Impact Award Vancouver International Film Festival

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

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

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

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