Activate Your Mind: 12th Annual Film Festival!

Join us on February 15-17, 2013 for the CoDev World Community Film Festival: BC’s largest social justice film fest. We feature over 40 social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the world. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action through awareness of issues both local and global.

Mike Lewis

Our 12th annual festival kicks off on Friday, February 15th with a great opening lecture, with special guest Michael Lewis, and a superb double bill that features the Vancouver premieres of two inspiring films about activism: Maestra and Bidder 70. Maestra is the story of “the most important literacy experience in the Americas” as told by the Cuban women who lived it and Bidder 70 is a timely, intelligent, and very entertaining film that demonstrates how one person can actually change the world.

The Saturday and Sunday daytime program includes the Oscar-nominated film, 5 Broken Cameras, as well as films on a variety of themes ranging from food and farming, indigenous issues, sustainability, activism, to the cost of oil. Saturday night’s film, Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth, is a poignant and powerful exploration of the end of the Mayan calendar through the views and visions of six young Maya.

The goal of our festival is to educate and inspire our audience through the medium of documentary film. The problems confronting society and the planet can seem overwhelming. These films show how people here at home and around the globe are tackling these issues and our hope is to motivate our audience to take action themselves.

The festival is produced by CoDevelopment Canada and the World Community Development Education Society, and cosponsored by Langara College.

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