Social Justice & Society

Bidder 70

Friday 8 pm Theatre 5

73 min. 2012

Directors: Beth and George Gage

Bidder 70 tells the story of Tim DeChristopher and his stunning act of civil disobedience in a time of global climate chaos. On December 19, 2008, DeChristopher, as Bidder #70, derailed the Bush administration’s last minute, widely disputed federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Oil and Gas lease auction, acting to safeguard thousands of acres of Utah land. Bidding $1.7 million, Tim won 22,000 acres of land with no intention to pay or drill. For his disruption of the auction, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal charges. Tim’s civil disobedience has drawn national attention to America’s energy policy and criticism to the BLM’s management of public lands. Refusing to compromise his principles and rejecting numerous plea offers by the prosecution, Tim is willing to sacrifice his own future to bring this vitally important issue to global attention. Bidder 70 is Tim’s story: his actions, his trial and his possible prison sentence. It is also the story of the scientists, activists, writers, and movements that influence and support his actions.. DeChristopher says, “At this point of unimaginable threats on the horizon, this is what hope looks like…With countless lives on the line, this is what love looks like, and it will only grow…” Powerful, intelligent and very entertaining, Bidder 70 will show you how one person can change the world. This is a truly inspiring story. Best American Film – Traverse City Film Festival

Yukon Voices

Saturday 12:00 pm Theatre 3

2012         25 min.

Various directors

The Yukon Film Society and the National Film Board have teamed up to organize Yukon Voices, an intensive filmmaking workshop which resulted in five short films being produced by emerging filmmakers aged 17 to 63 from Dawson City, Kluane Lake, Faro and Whitehorse.

Sponsored by Cinevolution.


Saturday 12:00 pm Theatre 4

52 min.          2011

Director: Geoff Bowie

In Toronto, Izabel, Bebeth, Natasha, Benoît, Grace and Jean, members of Ontario’s “working poor” directly affected by the economic crisis, agree to take part in group sessions organized by filmmaker Geoff Bowie. They talk about having to work multiple jobs to get by, describe the stress generated by financial vulnerability, and courageously explain their strategies for getting out of their difficult situation. Touching, insightful and full of hope, Courage is a participatory social-issues film that emphasizes the importance of mutual aid and succeeds admirably in condemning the taboo of poverty.

Dying Green

Sat 12:30 pm Theatre 5

26 min. 2011

Director: Ellen Tripler

Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, this film explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s only physician, has radically changed people’s understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. Dying Green focuses on the revolutionary idea of using one’s own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves. 2011 CINE Golden Eagle award

Occupy Love

Sun 3:30 pm Theatre 1

88 min.         2012

Director: Velcrow Ripper

Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper on a journey deep inside the global revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet. From the Arab Spring to the European Summer, from the Occupy Movement to the global climate justice movement, a profound shift is taking place. Humanity is waking up to the fact that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning. The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is collapsing. Endless growth on a finite planet cannot be sustained. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound transformation. Millions of people are deciding that the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.

Woven throughout the moving, action-oriented backbone of the story is a deep exploration of the heart of the movement, the meaning of love, and concrete examples of just what “another world” could look like. The film features some of the world’s key visionaries on alternative systems of economics, sustainability, and empathy. Best Canadian Feature – Planet in Focus Festival

Sponsored by Más Movement.

Sing Your Song

Sun 3:30 pm Theatre 5

104 min.         2011

Filmmaker: Susanne Rostock

Sing Your Song surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. This inspirational biographical film begins with Belafonte’s birth into poverty in Harlem in 1927, and his childhood years in Jamaica. Director, Susanne Rostock takes the viewer through his discovery of theater and his training as an actor, and on to his career and success as a singer. The film includes clips of his career but also reveals the compelling story is his activism for social justice.

Belafonte is a tenacious hands-on activist, who worked intimately with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., mobilized celebrities for social justice, participated in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and took action to counter gang violence and the incarceration of youth.  He continues to work in the prison rights movement. Despite his high profile, he has never been afraid to spend time in the trenches even when it involved taking enormous personal risks. Most Popular Nonfiction Film Award – 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival

See also:


Sat 4:30 pm Theatre 4

The End of Immigration?

Saturday 4:30 pm Theatre 1

Crime After Crime

Sunday  12:00 pm Theatre 2

Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

Sunday 3:30 pm Theatre 3







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