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
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.
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.
Come learn more about World Community at our Annual General meeting. Following the business portion of the meeting, Filmmaker, Ed Carswell will show a sneak preview of a new film about World Community Coffee.
Carswell has just returned from a trip to Nicaragua and will share stories and video of his encounters at several coffee farms and co-ops in both Pancasan and Dalia, Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee). The farmers talk about the benefits of fairly-traded, organic coffee and what working with the co-ops has meant to their daily lives.
“It was an incredible experience. The images and sounds were all-encompassing”. says Carswell. “We were in some very remote areas with people eager to share their deep knowledge of the land and all its biological diversity. We learned how shade grown, organic coffee plantations can be part of a healthy ecosystem. In the tiny pueblo of Pancasan farmers sell not only coffee to the co-ops but also cocoa and milk. In the larger town of Dalia they sell coffee, cocoa, and honey.”
The film was partially funded by both World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico (CoDev). Carswellfilm.ca will create a short promo film for both organisations as well a a longer version.
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Everyone Welcome - For more info call (250) 337-5412
World Community’ works to foster greater awareness of the social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at both the local and global levels.
A poem for the planet, Metamorphosis takes the pulse of our earth and bears witness to a moment of profound change: the loss of one world, and the birth of another. The film captures the true scale of the global environmental crisis, a crisis that is also an opportunity for transformation. Programmer Janet Fairbanks notes “The filmmakers use beautiful images throughout the film, including powerful installations from a variety of artists responding to the difficult issues we are facing. The life cycle of monarch butterflies serves as a metaphor for how we need to change from caterpillars eating everything in sight to a new way of being”.
The filmmakers are optimists even in the middle of the most dire crisis. Metamorphosis carves a path from the present to the future, and offers a bold new vision for humanity and the world. Click Here to view the film trailer
Velcrow Ripper will join us via Skype for a post-screening discussion.
Admission by donation - Everyone Welcome
FMI contact Janet at 250 337-5412