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General News · 30th January 2009
Wayne Bradley
An opportunity to travel the world and experience first-hand the challenges, triumphs and hopes of others living in the global village awaits you! It’s time once again for the World Community Film Festival, held in Courtenay this Feb 6 & 7. For 18 years the film festival, the longest-running social issues film fest in BC, has been showing documentary films about international topics that you may never hear about on the evening news.

The festival gets off to a start Friday night with the film, Fierce Light, When Spirit Meets Action by acclaimed filmmaker, Velcrow Ripper, who takes us on a journey from Oaxaca to Quebec City, to the urban garden of South Central LA and other places where activists are motivated by love.

With over 30 films shown in 5 different venues from 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday is considered the main event of the festival. Many award-winning films explore themes such as environmental issues, food security, human rights, social and women’s issues, native rights and international solidarity with passion, hope and creativity.

When not viewing films, visit the Bazaar in the Upper Florence Filberg Centre where community groups will be on hand to give out information or to sell merchandise related to the various issues raised during the festival. It’s also a great place to relax and have lunch or a snack!

A festival pass for Friday and Saturday is $28; Friday eve -$12; Saturday (all day including evening) – $18 or $3 for youth (under 20). A limited number of low income tickets are also available. Tickets are available at the Sid Williams Theatre Box Office 1-866-898 8499 or order online
Film fest
Comment by James Delorme on 17th February 2009
I had a blast....many great films...The best for me was "The Devil Plays Handball"
I hope to go next year.