Photo: Image from the film Holly Near: Singing for our Lives

 

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 on Tuesday Feb. 19 at 7 pm at the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College.

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 bristle cone 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. For more information: 250 337 5412

 

Janet Fairbanks

World Community Film Festival