(Journey Home)

Journey Home hosting film fest as part of Homelessness Action Week

The film ‘Us & Them’ will be screened across the Okanagan

The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society will screen a documentary on homelessness later this month.

Showings of the film, Us & Them, will be free to attend across the Okanagan as the Journey Home Society recognizes World Homeless Day on Oct. 10 and Homelessness Action Week Oct. 13 to 19. The film provides an opportunity for viewers to reflect on stories, perceptions and the challenges in finding a safe and affordable place to call home.

“These community events are an opportunity for all of us to recognize the stigma and discrimination experienced by people who have, or are currently experiencing homelessness,” said Dr. Kyleen Myrah of Journey Home.

“We want to break through the misconceptions about why people find themselves without a home and encourage our communities to come together to develop and support solutions with understanding, empathy and compassion.”

READ MORE: Journey Home co-chair reacts to executive director’s planned departure

READ MORE: Ride-sharing services expected to begin in Kelowna in the new year

The film will be screened on Oct. 10 at three Kelowna locations, one in West Kelowna and two in Penticton. Get free tickets here.

The film’s co-director, Krista Loughton, will join Journey Home and members of Kelowna’s Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness at a viewing at First Mennonite Church in Kelowna for a panel discussion after the film.

Homelessness has been a pressing issue throughout the Okanagan in recent years. The six showings through the Okanagan are part of the Journey Home efforts to mobilize the community from complacency to action with homelessness.

“Imagine the impact we can have in our communities by sharing the experience of watching this film and discussing what comes to the surface for each of us,” said Dr. Myrah.

“We hope that it has the potential to ignite a groundswell of awareness, compassion and support for the work that we, and so many other organizations, do to address homelessness and all the social complexities surrounding it.”

Journey Home invites more of the community to host their own screening of Us & Them. Information here.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Auditions begin as film starts rolling in the Okanagan

An audition call for locally-shot feature films, made-for-TV movies and commercials takes place on July 11 and 12

Hidden cameras in Okanagan forests catch illegal dumpers, lead to fines

The Okanagan Forest Task Force’s have led to 13 or 14 tickets for illegal dumpers

City of Kelowna seeking input on transit exchange improvements

Since 2010, Kelowna transit service has expanded by 20 per cent but ridership has grown by around 40 per cent

YLW implements further safety measures amid COVID-19

The new safety measures came into effect on July 7

TOTA and Community Futures join forces to support Okanagan businesses amid COVID-19

The initiative is to rebuild a resilient tourism industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Okanagan home destroyed by fire

Call came in from Teresa Road in Lake Country just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 7

Lower Similkameen Indian Band closes beach near Cawston to non-band members

The COVID-19 crisis “has not gone away” and “remains an ever present threat” says the LSIB

B.C. homeowners plead for action on condo insurance crisis

Strata property fees growing bigger than mortgage payments

Indigenous man behind complaint of BC Transplant’s alcohol abstinence policy has died

David Dennis, who is Nuu-chah-nulth, argued that six-month sobriety policy is a ‘lethal form of racism’

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Urge travellers to follow COVID-19 rules in a ‘gentle way’: B.C.’s top doctor

Cases surging in the U.S. have B.C. officials hoping the border stays shut all summer

Most Read