The 29th World Community Film Festival is ready to roll in Downtown Courtenay on January 31st and February 1st with over 25 engaging and inspiring documentaries that showcase social and environmental justice stories from Canada and around the world.

 

Multi award-winning opening night film Gay Chorus: Deep South screens Friday at 7:30 in the Sid Williams Theatre. In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a concert tour of the US Deep South. They are soon joined by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. Through the soaring power of music, they bring a message of love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance.

 

San Francisco Chronicle film critic David Lewis wrote “…What makes the film emotionally satisfying, beyond the stirring music, is that we witness the healing and enlightenment of chorus members, some of them bearing scars from their oppressive red-state upbringings”.

Four downtown Courtenay venues offer film options on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm covering topics including Indigenous issues, human rights, climate and environmental action, food security and resilience in communities around the world. Families can take in a Mini Family Film Fest with a collection of lovely short films from 1:00 to 2:30 in the lower level of the Sid Theatre.

Closing night at 8pm in the Sid on Saturday opens with Finding Solitude, a beautiful new film about the iconic places on Vancouver Island such as Strathcona Park and the Queneesh glacier.  The film was created by talented young filmmakers from Uclulet who will attend the screening. 

 

The closing feature film, From Seed to Seed, shows what farmers are up against in a changing climate, and how determined many are to adopt environmentally responsible strategies. The film’s subjects display tenacity, endurance, humour and a sustaining dedication to family and community.  This is a hopeful look at a modern movement that will prove vital in turning the tide of environmental destruction.

Plan your viewing by checking out film descriptions and trailers at https://worldcommunity.ca/film-festival/ Tickets are available for Friday and Saturday eve films, Saturday daytime only, or the full weekend experience!  Get tickets online at www.sidwilliamstheatre.com or by phoning 250-338-2430.   FMI: 250 337-5412

Janet Fairbanks

World Commuinty

Read more about the film.

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern US states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Led by Conductor Dr. Tim Seelig and joined by The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, the tour brings a message of music, love and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance.  

Over 300 singers traveled throughout the South, performing in churches, community centers and concert halls in hopes of uniting people. The journey challenges Tim and other Chorus members who fled the South to confront their own fears, pain and prejudices on a journey towards reconciliation, sometimes within their own families. What emerges is a vision of a more hopeful US, through the soaring power of music, humanity and a little drag. 

Audience Award—Documentary, TribecaFilm Festival; Audience Award for Best Documentary and Best Music Documentary (NorthwestFest);  Audience Award—Best Documentary (Pink Apple Zurich)