Film festival raises hunger awareness

The Kelowna Community Food Bank and the Okanagan Institute will be co-hosting the Reel Hunger Film Festival on Thursday, May 26, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Bohemian Café, 524 Bernard Ave.

Tickets are $2 and will be sold at the door.

The public is invited to join the Kelowna Community Food Bank and the Okanagan Institute for an interesting evening of short films documenting local hunger, food insecurity and social justice.

“The Reel Hunger Film Fest is a part of national Hunger Awareness Day,” said David Purdon, public relations coordinator for the Kelowna food bank.

“This year we’ve turned it into a month-long awareness and action campaign and have organized several community events leading up to Feed The Valley’s Hunger Awareness Day at Bankhead Elementary on May 31.”

The Reel Hunger fest is an opportunity for people to think about hunger in Kelowna.

An informative discussion is also planned as local film makers Jason Drury and Marc Arellano will provide insight and answer questions between screenings.

Drury is a master’s student at UBCO, enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program. As a human geographer, he is focused on the way we think and talk about the places we live and play, and how those places are given meaning.

His research includes diverse topics from parks and protected areas, wilderness, food security, and most recently, the “touristed” landscape of the Okanagan.

Award winning local filmmaker and Okanagan College communications professor Marc Arellano earned his bachelor of arts and masters degrees at Carleton University.

His latest documentary film, Strange Fruit: A Changing Landscape in The Central Okanagan, offers a look at the transition that local, family-run orchards are experiencing in and around Kelowna due to globalization and pressures from land, labour and water management.

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