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[OPIRG-EVENTS] 13th Annual One World Film Festival
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The 13TH ANNUAL ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
presented by: WORLD INTER-ACTION MONDIALE (WIAM)
The 13th annual One World Film Festival will run on five dates between
the 11th and 25th of October. Below is a list of the five themes for this
year's Film Festival, and a short description of the films shown for each
theme. Speakers and filmmakers will be present at each screening for
THE MIDDLE EAST: WHOSE REALITY?
Friday, October 11, 5:30 pm, National Archives Auditorium
Following the lives of four women in the town of Ramleh, in the heartland of
Israel,between the Israeli general elections in 1999 and
2001, the film paints a picture of disintegrating Israeli society and gives
a new angle to understanding the political reality in the region.
The Tree that Remembers
This film is a story told by Iranian exiles living in Canada, all former
political prisoners who were active in the democratic
movement in Iran, and then persecuted. Combining historical footage,
interviews and original artwork, the film reflects on oppression and
survival, shining light into a somber universe and finding unexpected
fragments of hope.
Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq
Investigative journalist, John Pilger, takes Denis Halliday, former UN
Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, back to Iraq for the first time since
resigning over sanctions in 1998. They reveal decaying infrastructure and a
population held hostage to Saddam Hussein’s regime.
Close, Closed, Closure
A crippled Palestinian boy, Israeli militants and peace activists,the
desperate economic situation suffered by Arabs, and a jeep left abandoned
from the Six Day War, are among Israeli filmmaker Ram Loevy’s portraits of
life in the troubled Gaza Strip.
Uncovering the veil, even momentarily, is a daring act for women in the city
of Damascus. This frank, informative film explores sexuality in a part of
the world where such things are not talked about publicly, but certainly do
Speaker: John Sigler, Middle East Specialist, Carleton University
WATER: HOW MUCH?
Friday, October 18, 5:30 pm, National Archives Auditorium
Arctic Meltdown Rising Seas: Threatened Land,Threatened People
Rising sea levels are one of the most important impacts of global climate
change. “Arctic Meltdown Rising Seas” demonstrates the changes which are
resulting from climate change in two widely separated parts of the globe –
the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the North American Arctic.
Water, water, everywhere...?
At the heart of this fast-paced and visually arresting film is the question:
What are the economic, political and environmental
implications of water being deemed a tradeable commodity rather than a human
right? With interviews with activists from Canada, India, South Africa,
Bolivia and New Zealand, this film has special meaning for Canada, a country
that has 70% of the world’s freshwater.
The story of a local boy and his mission to raise $70 for charity. The
original $70 he collected to support non-governmental organizations grew to
over $500,000 to support people in Africa who need clean water.
Documentary about Walkerton, which experienced seven deaths and thousands
ill after an E.Coli outbreak in 2001. It examines a community’s realization
that officials responsible for their safety failed them, forcing Walkerton
to endure a living nightmare.
Red Run recalls the dramatic tale of a 1913 railway blast that sent tons of
rock into the Fraser River, blocking the path of returning salmon, and how
the aboriginal people rallied to save their fish. Red Run explores the
enduring significance of this event to three Siska families who fish the
Water, Water, Everywhere ...
Did you know that Toronto has the largest sewage treatment plant in the
world? Or that for 100 years raw sewage was dumped into the St. Lawrence
River? This film puts Canada’s current freshwater management problems in
historical context, focusing on two of our most important water resources,
the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence.
Speakers: Ryan Hreljac (Ryan's Well)
Jamie Dunn (Council of Canadians)
Sunday, October 20, 12:00 noon, National Archives Auditorium
This film by Regina Fanta Nacro demonstrates the glaring causes of
wide-spread unemployment and poverty in Burkina Faso, where few
institutional resources and government support are available, and the
debilitating effects this is having on women and youth.
The River Between Us
A film by Maji-da Adbi documenting the alarming effect of war on a community
of Ethiopian women and children who were forcibly relocated to refugee
The Last Just Man
As head of the UN peacekeeping mission in Rwanda prior to the 1994 genocide,
Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dalaire desperately urged his UN bosses to
provide the necessary support to intervene, but was ignored. This
documentary is a thought- provoking look at the events leading
up to the genocide and the lack of support by the international community to
Condoms, Fish and Circus Tricks
A compelling narrative on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa. Shot in
Malawi, South Africa, and Zambia, the film looks at the devastating impact
of AIDS on Africa society, through the stories of the people who are dying
and those caring for them.
Willy Rangira (from Rwanda, commenting on "The Last Just Man")
Brenda and Robert Rooney (Filmmakers: "Condoms, Fish and Circus
CONFLICT AND CONSEQUENCES
Wednesday, October 23, 5:30 pm, Ottawa Public Library
Silent Song completes a deeply personal trilogy on family history and
Holocaust memory. The film’s rich and nuanced meditations lead to the most
basic, yet most cogent statements on the nature of memory itself.
The Killing Terraces
With footage shot in Nepali Maoist stronghold districts, the film attempts
to understand the causes underlying the rise of the
Maobaadi, the role of the state, and the devastating impact of the conflict
in Nepal on the lives of the hill people.
“Bombies”: unexploded cluster bombs. A quarter century after the secret air
war waged in Laos by the US, millions of “bombies” litter the landscape of
Laos. Bombies tells of the deadly legacy of unexploded cluster bombs through
the experiences of those who courageously deal with them.
3.8 kilometers of fence, 30,000 peaceful protesters, 4700 cans of tear gas,
and 6,000 cop crotches. One of fourteen short films produced and compiled in
response to the largest peacetime security operation in Canadian history,
the Summit of the Americas held in Québec City, in April, 2001.
This film depicts the moments frequently ‘lost’ in the official narratives
of Canadian history; the human rights abuses that have
taken place in Canada at times of crisis and conflict. Through the stories
of First Nations, immigrant, and Quebecoise women, the film makes a critique
of multi-culturalism and immigration.
Musicians in the War Zone: The Rascalz in Sierra Leone
'Musicians in the War Zone' aims to inform viewers about the impact of war
on young people, to inspire global action and help to make change in support
of war affected children. Canadian musicians The Rascalz, David Usher
(Moist), and Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace) acted as
journalists and narrators, connecting the television viewing audience with
war-affected youth in Sierra Leone, at the Thai-Burmese border, and in Iraq.
Speakers: Celina Tuttle (Mines Action Canada)
Maruysa Bociurkiw (Filmmaker: "Unspoken Territory)
GLOBALIZATION AND RESISTANCE
Friday, October 25, 5:30 pm, Ottawa Public Library
At the Crossroads: Faith in Cuba
Film writer and cameraman Eddie Cabrera returns to Cuba to explore the state
of religious and political belief four decades after the revolution and a
year after the Pope’s historic visit. Through interviews with Cubans of all
backgrounds, we learn of the upswing in Catholicism since the collapse of
communism internationally, its syncretic relationship with Afro-Cuban
religions, and its tenuous
relationship with the state.
This film investigates the effect of the “largest peace time security
operation in Canadian history” on the groups documenting the FTAA protests
on April, 2001 in Quebec City. This film is one part of the
series “(Re)Viewing Quebec”.
Globalization and the Media
Does the media offer a clear analysis of globalized trade? What about “the
war on terrorism”? Is coverage affected by the media’s corporate or
political links? Spanning three countries with interviews from key people
within both the alternative and mainstream media, this film explores the
inventive ways new technologies are being used to make news better serve
Bacon: le film
“I am making this film instead of becoming a terrorist,” declares director
Hugo Latulippe. And once we learn about the immense scale and disastrous
community and environmental effects of Quebec’s pork industry, the
province’s largest, we understand why. Interviewing
various industry producers, supporters and opponents, Latulippe raises the
key question: at what cost economic growth?
“Banana Split” documents the banana industry and the lives of people who
produce, market and consume the fruit. The film offers a social analysis of
the most popular fruit in Canada looking at its voyage from the plantations
to our supermarket shelves.
Speakers: Hugo Latulippe (Filmmaker: Bacon, Le Film)
Laurie Waridel (Environmentalist)
Ron Harpelle (Filmmaker: "Banana Split)
Admission: $8 per Day/Evening
$25 for Festival
National Archives Auditorium: 395 Wellington St.
Ottawa Public Library: 120 Metcalfe St.
*Schedule subject to change without notice.
For further information about the One World Film Festival, please call:
265-7051 or visit our website at : www.web.net/~wia
World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM) is an Ottawa-based global education
organization that strives to raise local awareness about global issues by
building an understanding of the connections between global and local
realities. To achieve the goal of fostering an understanding of the issues
that link communities worldwide, WIAM works in partnership with individuals
and organizations to host educational and cultural events. These events
provide public fora for dialogue on diverse social justice issues; one such
forum is WIAM’s annual One World Film Festival.
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