Sarnia Justice Film Festival starts with documentary featuring local musician

The Sarnia Justice Film Festival’s 2012–2013 season is packed with amazing documentaries that will change lives and help build stronger communities. Each of the five films touches on topics of great importance not just to residents of Sarnia-Lambton, but for those around the world.

All films are screened at the Sarnia Library Theatre on Saturday evenings from 7–9 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted. Information displays by local organizations will be set up for public viewing by 6:30 p.m. prior to each viewing.

Following each film, a discussion period allows individuals connected with the film’s issue(s) to comment on it and take questions from the audience.

Please mark the following films on your calendar.

A Walk in My Dream, October 20, 2012

A Walk in My Dream tells the incredible and inspiring story of Sarnia harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens, who has played the Grand Ol’ Opry more than 300 times.

Several years ago, at the peak of his career, a chance encounter with some at-risk First Nations youth in Labrador
changed the entire reason he plays music. His life would never be the same; neither would theirs. Equal parts honest and heart-warming,

Unbelievable and uplifting, A Walk in My Dream is proof that one person CAN make a difference. Mike is scheduled to be in attendance for questions and comments.

The Health Care Movie, November 17, 2012

This documentary provides the real story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical
care system in Canada.

Nor are they aware of the public relations campaigns, still active today, that have been prevalent in the United
States since the early 1900s to dissuade the public from supporting national health care.

The Fourth World, February 23, 2013
The Fourth World takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world.

Understanding ‘a billion people’ is almost impossible, but meeting a handful of slum dwellers strips away the statistic and begins the process of building understanding. Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines to meet slum dwellers.

The stories are real. The implications of turning a blind eye to this situation are real. We ignore this at our own peril.

Gasland, March 23, 2013

The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us.

But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is
just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.

…And This is My Garden, April 27, 2013

Food insecurity, climate change, and fuel risk are serious threats to communities around the world. In the small town of Wabowden, Northern Manitoba, two school teachers are empowering their students with the knowledge, discipline and skills to grow their own food sustainably in backyard gardens. …And This Is My Garden is an inspirational
documentary film about the power of education to foster healthier lifestyles and to reconnect youth to the earth.

Through these films, the Sarnia Justice Film Festival hopes to foster awareness and understanding of people around the world who suffer injustice and indignities, including those close to home, here in Sarnia-Lambton. In doing so, we hope to create positive change in our community and world.

The Sarnia Justice Film Festival’s vision is the emergence of a sustainable world of communities at peace, living in just relationship one with another. We value empathy, equality, the sharing of resources and love of neighbour. We seek to be an effective contributor to the realization of this vision shared by many people.

Stay in touch with the Sarnia Justice Film Festival by joining the conversation online at www.Facebook.com/SarniaJusticeFilmFestival

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