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Justice Film Festival back for third year at Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod

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Justice Film Festival organizer Denise Calderwood.

Vanishing bees, chemical safety, food waste, sustainable fashion and unstructured play time will provide the basis for engaging discussion this month at the Empress Theatre.
Seven films will be screened Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 during the third annual Justice Film Festival.
The format of the festival is that films on critical social issues are screened, followed by discussions led by local experts on the topics.
“It’s the whole idea of engaging discussions on important subjects following the films,” organizer Denise Calderwood said. “We decided we wanted to try and get a real variety.”
The films were chosen for the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival in Calgary.
Fort Macleod, along with Sarnia, Ont., Canmore, Red Deer and Dawson Creek, B.C. are satellites of the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival.
“We’ve had some very good feedback about our films,” Calderwood said of the previous two Justice Film Festivals at the Empress Theatre.
Students from F.P. Walshe school and Kainai middle school will take part in a private screening of The Vanishing of the Bee and Project Wild Thing on the morning of Friday, March 13.
“We’re thrilled that the students are coming,” Calderwood said, praising educators Dan Orr and Ramona Big Head for taking advantage of the opportunity.
The Vanishing of the Bees looks at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honey bee.
The film highlights changes resulting from what is known as “colony collapse disorder.”
Project Wild Thing puts forward a case for getting young people outside for unstructured and independent play in order to develop creativity and confidence.
Return of the River is the story of a river on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State which had been dammed for hydroelectric power for 100 years. After more than 20 years of debate and discussion, a consensus was reached and the two dams on the river were removed.
The Human Experiment explores the more than 800 chemicals used in the world today, of which only about 50 have been adequately tested for their safety.
Just Eat It reveals that 40 per cent of the food produce is discarded and dumped, but not eaten, and proposes ways to change that reality.
The Fort Macleod Food Matters group will prepare a meal with food that is safe to eat but for various reasons would not be sold on store shelves.
No Land No Food No Life details how small farmers without clear title to their land are being pushed off their small plots when local and international interests combine to pursue large agribusiness farming.
Traceable looks into sustainable fashion and the work of one young designer and her relationship with the women who sew her clothes.
Following is a schedule of the films open to the public:
Friday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. — Return of the River.
Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. — The Human Experiment.
Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. — Just Eat It.
Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m. — No Land No Food No Life.
Saturday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m. — Traceable.
Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m. –Project Wild Thing.
Admission is free.
“If people choose to support it with a donation, that’s great,” Calderwood said.

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