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Documentary festival returns to Kelowna

A landmark on Kelowna’s cultural landscape for well over a decade, the Traveling World Community Film Festival features a selection of the best in vital new documentaries on a wide range of global social justice topics.

The majority of this year’s 30 films will screen at Okanagan College on Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9. Special screenings will take place March 5 and 7 at UBC Okanagan and at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society on March 6.

Descriptions, maps, schedule details and links to film trailers can all be found at the festival site worldfilmfestkelowna.net.

Though the many excellent, inspiring, educational, and sometimes disturbing films are the focus, the film festival volunteers want the festival to be more than just sitting and watching.

Because of its cooperative nature, the pursuit of knowledge cannot be disentangled from a sense of community, where each participant acquires the ability to listen to different points of view, weigh their respective merits, and synthesize the best aspects of each view into a more sophisticated vision.

To this end an “activist arena” will be set up at Okanagan College on March 8 and 9 in the Student Centre Pit, where community groups can distribute their literature, make their causes known, and talk with film-goers about films that tie-in with their areas of concern. A children’s creative activity area will be provided nearby.

Another festival convergence event will b the popular “Seedy Saturday” seed swap/sale, which will be running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in its new home: the nearby "E" building atrium.

Great food and baked goods will be available both Saturday and Sunday at the College. Please bring your own cup and enjoy popcorn, organic and local foods!

Continuing the festival’s “education is a right” policy, again this year admission to the festival is free of charge. Donations are accepted for the Ki-low-na Friendship Society and Inn from the Cold.

The World Community Film Festival is a great place to meet your neighbors, watch great documentaries, deepen global understanding, and have some fun. For more information please call 250-868-0900.

 

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