I’m impressed by the effectiveness of film and the arts to foster understanding of environmental and social challenges and to inspire hope and action.
The One World Film Festival has been bringing such films to Ottawa for many years. The Festival is an annual series of documentary films from Canada and around the world that address social justice, human rights and environmental issues. This year it runs from Thursday, Sept. 28 to Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Saint Paul University Amphitheatre (223 Main St.).
The Festival includes:
- The Three Sisters Community Garden, on the revival of an Mi’gmaq traditional garden;
- Freedom Drum, about a 2006 drum circle and vigil on Victoria Island calling on Canada to support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People;
- Water Warriors, on efforts to protect water in New Brunswick from oil and gas exploration and fracking;
- Fixed, about repair cafes;
- Tomorrow, exploring alternative ways of approaching agriculture, energy, economics and education;
- Documentaries on resistance and survival, migration and refugees, arts and culture, and more;
- Panel discussions on issues addressed in the films.
See the schedule and other details at the One World Film Festival website.