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WIAM's Ninth Annaul One WOrld Film Festival

World Inter-Action Mondiale presents
The 9th Annual One World Film Festival

November 19 - 21, 1998
Venue:  The SAW Video Co-op & The Court Room
The Arts Court, Ottawa
(entry via Club SAW, 67 Nicholas)
In Celebration of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations'
Universal Declaration of Human Rights	

*Local activists and film-makers to introduce films/speak on
* Daily programs may be subject to change.	

Festival Pass (all shows):	 $15 (advance)	$20 (at the door)	
Evening Pass (Nov. 19/20):	$5 (advance)	$7 (at the door)	
Day Pass (Nov. 21):		$8 (advance)	$10 (at the door)

Advance Ticket Outlets: Mother Tongue Books (1067 Bank); Arbour
Environmental Shoppe (800 Bank); After Stonewall (370
Bank); Sunnyside Bookshop (113 Murray); University of Ottawa
Bookstore (85 University Private); OPIRG-Carleton University
(326 Uni-Centre)

World Inter-Action Mondiale is an Ottawa-based, non-profit,
global development organization that promotes local
awareness of global issues.  For information on the festival
or the organization, please call (613) 238-4659, or visit
our website: http://www.web.net/~wia


Showing on Thursday, November 19, 1998
SAW Video Co-op

7:00 - 7:15 pm	Opening of Festival

7:15 - 8:15 pm	Crossroads (The Netherlands; 1997; 60
min.): A
chronicle of events in Tanzania in 1994, in the wake of
civil conflict
and genocide in Rwanda.  Thousands of refugees streamed
into Tanzania,
establishing the makeshift town of Benaco at an
intersection of roads
from Uganda and Kenya.  The film conveys life in Benaco, as
struggled to regain a sense of normality against the stark
backdrop of
genocide in nearby Rwanda.

8:30 - 9:10 pm	The Draughtsman's Clash (France/Gabon;
1996; 40 min.):
Biting, humourous political satire on dictatorship and the
of life under tyranny;  set in an unidentified African nation,
reminiscent of Mobutu Sese Seko's Zaire.

9:30 - 10:51 pm	Eternal Memory (Canada; 1997; 81 min.): A
account of losses suffered in the Ukraine as a result of
surgery on a monumental scale" practiced in the USSR by the
regime during the 1930s and '40s.  An estimated 20 million
died in labour camps, of famine, or in wholesale
executions; no-one
responsible for these atrocities was ever indicted.

Showing on Friday, November 20, 1998	
SAW Video Co-op

6:30 - 6:35 pm	Opening

6:35 - 7:17 pm	Beyond Beijing (UK; 1996; 42 min.): A
personal document
of the 1995 United Nations' Fourth World Conference on
Women and the
parallel NGO Forum, the largest gathering of women in recorded
history.  The film moves between the Conference and the Forum,
capturing informal cross-cultural get-togethers, compelling
North-South exchanges and candid interviews with individual

7:30 - 8:33 pm	Calling the Ghosts (USA; 1996; 63 min.): A
account of two brave Croatian women who have turned their
experiences of internment and abuse at the notorious Serb
concentration camp of Omarska, into a wider fight for justice,
successfully lobbying for the inclusion of rape in the
lexicon of war crimes.

8:45 - 10:13 pm	Paulina (USA/Mexico/Canada; 1997; 88 min.):
The true
story of a remarkable woman, Paulina, a maid and proud
mother in
Mexico City.  Paulina's life is traced back to the rural
village where
family and community once treated her as chattel available
to rape or
as a commodity to trade for land.  Community members give
their own
self-interested 'histories' of Paulina's childhood; their
words are
juxtaposed by dramatic representations of Paulina's
depicting the systematic violation of a woman's fundamental

 The Court Room, Arts Court

6:30 - 6:35 pm	Opening

6:35 - 7:23 pm	No Turning Back: The Royal Commission on
Peoples (Canada; 1996; 48 min.): In the wake of the Oka
Standoff the
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples traveled to over 100
communities to hear from more than 1,000 Aboriginal
For two and a half years, director Greg Coyes followed the
with two teams of Native filmmakers.  No Turning Back
documents this
historic trip, weaving the passionate and articulate voices
of Indian,
Inuit, and Métis with the history of the relationship
between First
Nations peoples and the Canadian government.

7:30 - 7:58 pm	Trees, Toilets and Transformations (Canada;
1995; 28
min.): Upbeat documentary stressing the links between First
consumption and Third World eco-destruction.  The video follows
Lorenzo, a "regular guy" from Canada, on a trip to El
Salvador where
he discovers a variety of interesting solutions to local
problems.  Inspired, Lorenzo returns home laden with ideas
of how to
effect change in his community.

8:10 - 8:36 pm	A Fight Against Time: The Lubicon Cree Land
Struggle (Canada; 1995; 26 min.): The United Nations has
condemned the
Canadian government for violating the human rights of the
500 Lubicon
Lake Cree of northern Alberta. Multinational logging, oil
and gas
companies have profited enormously from the mineral wealth
of their
land, while the Lubicon have been increasingly
impoverished. A Fight
Against Time asks all Canadians to join in the fight for a just
settlement of the Lubicon land claims.

8:50 - 8:57 pm	We Are Not Your Monkeys (India; 1996; 7
min.): This
short film is about the brutal caste system in Indian
culture and how
people of lower caste are disputing the notion of divine
and reinterpreting stories in their own voices.  We Are Not
Monkeys, is a song composed by Daya Pawar and sung by
Sambhaji Bhagat.
 It is a lively "call to arms", sung and drummed to an
audience of villagers.  The singer promises that the tables
will be
turned, "...We will make you human".

9:10 - 10:00 pm	Escape From Tibet (UK; 1995; 50 min.):
Since 1980,
25,000 Tibetans have made the long trek through the Himalayan
mountains to Nepal, to escape persecution.  Using hidden
director Nick Gray filmed prisons that the Chinese
authorities say do
not exist and escapees describing the torture they were
subjected to
in those same prisons, as they journeyed to the Nepalese
capital of
Kathmandu to register as official refugees.	

Showing on Saturday, November 21, 1998	
SAW Video Co-op

1:00 - 1:05 pm	Opening

1:05 - 1:33 pm	Grassroots Development: Lessons from India's
Environmental Crisis (Canada; 1996; 28 min.): A
thought-provoking look
at how action by people at the local level offers hope for
regenerating the environment and improving the quality of
Indian men and women discuss environmental problems and their
solutions to these problems.

1:40 - 2:32 pm	Common Grounds: Giving Coffee a New Flavour
1998; 52 min.): This film promotes the concept of Fair
Trade in
coffee, whereby growers in places such as Chiapas, Mexico, have
established co-operatives to pool resources and ensure that
command a fairer price for their coffee.  The consumer has an
important role to play in forcing change and equity in
global trading
patterns.  Think while you drink!!  

2:45 - 3:11 pm	The Sky: A Silent Witness (England; 1995;
26 min.):
This film evokes the world situation of women as human rights
campaigners and as victims of human rights violations. 
footage of a journey in Guatemala to recover the remains of 180
victims of massacre, is intercut with black-and-white
footage of women
activists from across the globe.  An important film, The
Sky will move
even the most seasoned human rights activists.

3:20 - 4:52 pm	Voices of Change (Canada; 1996; 92 min.): A
wide-ranging examination of both individual activism and
issues facing
women worldwide, offering invaluable insights into the
diversity and
power of international feminisms.  Women from Canada,
Latvia, Guatemala and Pakistan discuss their involvement in
native and
workers' rights, educational equity and the search for free
expression.  Voices of Change celebrates the strength and
of women.

5:10 - 6:02 pm	Through Chinese Women's Eyes (USA; 1997; 52
Insightful journey into changes in the lives of Chinese
women over the
course of this  century, including Mao's attempts to erase
differences, contemporary ideas of femininity and the
of Chinese feminism at the 1995 UN Women's Conference in
Beijing.  The
film is a sensitive portrayal of the daily experiences and
memories of Chinese women.

6:10 - 6:59 pm	Honey Moccasin (Canada; 1998; 49 min.): An
dramatic, witty film.  Honey Moccasin is a beautiful woman;
a singer
with her own band; a hard-working entrepreneur with a
successful bar,
The Smokin' Moccasin; and a sleuth to boot! When pow-wow
outfits are
stolen from the band office, she's on the case; all the
while keeping
an eye on the competition, Zachary, who has just opened a
rival cafe
and karaoke bar.  Writer/director Shelly Niro's second film
an impressive all Native North American cast.

7:10 - 7:24 pm The Harris Project (Canada; 1998; 14 min.) 
Short video
following protests and strikes in 1995/96 as people voiced
opposition to  Mike Harris and the Common Sense Revolution
of the
Conservative Government in Ontario.

7:40 - 8:05 pm	One Step at a Time: The Campaign to Ban
Land Mines
(Canada; 1998; 25 min.): This film traces the success of the
International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, the popular movement
spear-headed by non-governmental organizations.  In an
six years the Campaign achieved what until then had been
thought of as
unattainable: the political will to ban anti-personnel land

8:20 - 9:12 pm	Kim's Story: The Road from Vietnam (Canada;
1998; 48
min.): One image that personified the horrific nature of
the war in
Vietnam was that of the young girl captured on film as she
ran, naked,
from her village after a napalm bombing.  The haunting
picture that
moved millions ultimately made Kim Phuc a victim all over
again.  Kim
defected to Canada.  This is her story.    

9:20 - 10:35 pm	Gerrie and Louise (Canada; 1997; 75 min.):
True love
story of one of the world's most unlikely couples: Gerrie,
veteran of covert military missions for the Apartheid
regime; Louise,
one of South Africa's top investigative journalists,
specialist in
stories about the government's hit squads and men like Gerrie.	

The Court Room, Arts Court

1:00 - 1:05 pm	Opening

1:05 - 2:35 pm	Four Women of Egypt (Canada; 1997; 90
min.): Teacher,
writer, activist, politician: four extraordinary women
testify to
their long friendship and the tumultuous historical events
they have
lived through in Egypt.  The film follows their lively
discussion of
wide-ranging issues from the political to the personal.

2:45 - 3:15 pm	The Raven's Gift (Canada; 1996; 30 min.):
The story of
film-maker Katherine Stenger-Frey's search for a woman
storyteller in
Iqaluit who would recount the tale of the Sea Goddess, a
tale that the
film-maker believes represents the Inuit's connection to
nature.  The
film captures the events that Stenger-Frey encountered on
her journey,
including an AIDS demonstration and the Inuit quest for an

3:25 - 4:21 pm	Breaking the Silence: Stories from AIDS
(Canada; 1996; 56 min.): Through the eyes and words of
African women,
this video journeys to the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic
in southern
Africa, witnessing the daily struggles and successes of
AIDS activists
as they work together.  The video focuses on a promising
Canadian-sponsored development program there.    

4:30 - 5:22 pm	Trinkets and Beads (USA; 1996; 52 min.):
Filmed over
two years, Trinkets and Beads is the thrilling story of the
fierce warriors of the Ecuadorian Amazon, in their struggle to
preserve their way of life against the commercial interests
Dallas-based oil company MAXUS, the latest incursion in a
history of
intrusion by industrialists and evangelizers dating back to

5:30 - 6:29 pm	Yakoana (USA; 1998; 59 min.): Film of the
First World
Conference of Indigenous Peoples.  From the perspectives of
people at
the conference, the film tells the story of indigenous
cultures, their
struggle for the environment, recognition, spiritual vision
and the
warrior spirit.  The video includes Marcos Terena's address
to the UN
Earth Summit in Rio.  The summit excluded indigenous
voices, except
for the five minutes allowed to Marcos Terena.  Yakoana is
a message
from today's earth-based cultures to contemporary society.

6:40 - 8:04 pm	Women's Lives and Choices (a shortened
trilogy; 84
min.): Excerpts from a series of three films addressing women's
reproductive rights and choices in Nigeria (The Desired
Number), India
(Rishte: Relationships and Brazil (Ventre Livre).

8:20 - 10:09 pm	Marian (Czech Republic; 1996; 109 min.):
With brutal
realism director Petr Václav documents each step in the state's
creation of a 'criminal' from the raw material of a Romany
Written off as 'subhuman', due to "hereditary defects
inherent in his
race", snatched from his family and put into various
Marian, a ruthlessly isolated soul, misses or throws away
every chance
of salvation or love.

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