Just Film Festival

Join CoDev, Amnesty International, Village Vancouver, and Langara College in March 20 – 22, 2015 for the Just Film Festival: BC’s largest social justice film festival featuring more than 40 social justice and environmental documentaries.

Highlights of our 2014 program:

This year CoDev was excited to be partnering with Amnesty International and Village Vancouver for the 13th year of our film festival with documentaries that get to the heart of issues confronting communities here and around the world. We hope to motivate audiences to action through awareness of issues both local and global.

The Just Film Festival kicked off on Friday, February 28th with a superb double-bill featuring two inspiring films that highlight the transformative potential of art: Trash Dance and InocenteTrash Dance highlights the invisible labour force by following the daily routines of Austin, TX sanitation workers and culminating with two-dozen of those workers and their trucks delivering a stunningly beautiful and moving performance in front of an audience of thousands. Inocente, the 2013 Oscar winner for Best Documentary Short, is the intensely personal coming of age story of 15-year old aspiring artist Inocente, an undocumented immigrant forced to live homeless for the last nine years in San Diego, and her fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.

In We Women Warriors, our Saturday Night Feature, we met three brave women in Colombia’s war torn indigenous villages using nonviolent resistance to defend their people’s survival. We Women Warriors bears witness to neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage and faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.

The Saturday and Sunday daytime program included films on a variety of themes ranging from indigenous issues, food & farming, sustainability, and Palestine/Israel.

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