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Justice Film Festival documentaries inform, challenge viewers

Denise Calderwood

The sixth annual Justice Film Festival will bring intriguing and compelling films to town on March 15-16.
In co-operation with Calgary’s Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, the Fort Macleod festival will feature seven documentaries, followed by discussions led by community members who have an interest in or academic knowledge of each subject.
“These films are meant to inform and challenge viewers, not necessarily entertain,” explained Denise Calderwood, who heads up the committee for the Fort Macleod festival. “Some of these films are gut- wrenching. They illustrate issues of social justice both locally and internationally.”
The documentaries highlight issues that are important to people as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans.
“The issues featured are huge and we often wonder how one person can possibly make a difference,” Denise said. “These filmmakers are showing us that individuals can impact change and make a difference even in extremely difficult circumstances.”
This year’s festival lineup:

  • Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. — Racing a Virus
  • The last stand for B.C.’s wild salmon populations facing fish farm viruses.

  • Friday, March 15, 7:15 p.m. — Metamorphosis
  • Capturing the true scale of the global environmental crisis.

  • Saturday, March 16, 1 p.m. — In the Name of Your Daughter
  • An intimate account of Tanzanian girls fleeing female genital mutilation.

  • Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. — Farming for the Future
  • Aquaponic systems in our back yards.

  • Saturday, March 16, 5 p.m. — (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System
  • Strategies of resistance to assimilation and state control through the eyes of Indigenous youth.

  • Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m. — Mexico: Looking for Lost Migrants
  • Searching for missing people who have vanished seeking a better life across the US border.

  • Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m. — Before the Bridge

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