December 14, 2016 “For the Love of Music”

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A collaboration between Awareness Film Night, the Sooke Philharmonic Society and Harmony Project Sooke

The evening will be a benefit for the Harmony Project and will feature 3 short films followed by live music and mulled cider and seasonal goodies in the theatre foyer.

The original Harmony Project was founded L.A. by Dr. Margaret Martin who saw the great need and potential benefit of providing free musical education to children in the inner city neighborhoods of L.A.

Several years ago Maestro Norman Nelson of the Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra visited HP in L.A. and came away inspired to bring a similar program to Sooke. Although the context in inner city L.A. of violent gangs and extreme poverty is quite different from our context here in tranquil and relatively well-off Sooke, both communities share the need of more access to musical education, especially as school districts have been forced to cutback programs in the Arts.

We will be screening the recently produced half hour documentary “For the Love of Music”, described as “an intimate look at the celebrated Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra…and the orchestra’s relevance within this small West Coast town”.  That will be followed by several short films about the Harmony Project, its history, successes and some research into the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument.

Filmgoers are then invited to enjoy live music by members of HPS and SPO in the theatre foyer plus refreshments at a concession offering coffee, mulled cider, baked goodies and popcorn.

Proceeds from the event and concessions will go towards the work of HPS and SPO to continue promoting and producing music in our community.

 

 

 

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Nov. 9th “What’s Up With Site C?”

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The proposed Site C dam that would flood B.C.’s beautiful Peace River Valley is slowly going ahead despite the fact that it will drown 12,000 hectares of valuable farming land, key North American wildlife habitats including a UNESCO Wildlife Reserve in Alberta and many First Nations traditional hunting and fishing areas and has been shown to be unnecessary for electricity needs now or in the foreseeable future by no less than a Joint Federal and Provincial Review Panel.

The creation of the Site C dam would be a very expensive project with next to no returns on investment given the high cost of production and low projected demand for the electricity it would produce.  This would leave B.C. Hydro customers (you and me) on the hook for the (at least) 9 billion that this project will cost.

This evening will feature the film “Peace Out” followed by a Q & A with our MLA and Provincial NDP leader John Horgan and Steve Gray, a NoSiteC campaigner from Metchosin who participated on this summer’s Rolling Justice Bus Tour to the Peace River Valley.

“Peace Out” is a thought-provoking and beautifully made documentary by Charles Wilkinson (“Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World”) that takes the viewer from the Peace River Valley to the Alberta tar sands to Vancouver boardrooms to explore deeper causes of environmental exploitation.

Bring your questions for the Q&A.  Here are some to get you started: Where do we stand today? What is the reality and what are the myths about Site C? How feasible are more sustainable/less destructive sources of power? What has been done to date?  What would it look like if we were to halt the whole thing?

If we go past 9:00, so be it.

 

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22nd Season Premier: “Requiem for the American Dream” October 12, 2016

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If the upcoming U.S. election is leaving you frustrated and longing for a voice of sanity amidst the political hype, look no further than the inimitable Noam Chomsky.  “Requiem for the American Dream” is a clear-eyed outline of how and why American idealism has been sabotaged.  Filmed over 4 years, these interviews with Noam Chomsky are profoundly personal and thought-provoking.

“A sobering vision of a society in an accelerated decline….this well-paced film spotlights a man who, now 87, seems at the height of his intellectual powers”

– New York Times (Critics’ Pick)

“A provocative X-ray of current American political realities….the vicious cycle of wealth influencing power and therefore influencing legislation is effectively illustrated in a series of episodic, easily digestible vignettes”

– rogerebert.com

 

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Season Finale: Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World May 11, 2016

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B.C. filmmaker Charles Wilkinson’s (“Peace Out”; “Oil Sands Karaoke”) award-winning 2015 documentary is set on pristine Haida Gwaii.  It shows how the distinct world view of the 14,000 year old indigenous society is co-mingling with an influx of progressive, modern urbanites to create a sustainable world that well may survive the formidable challenges of the 21st century.

From a woman who constructs solar power installations to people doing sustainable logging and farming and traditional fishing to legendary resolute Haida warriors, all of the remarkable people in this film are determined to keep their island home the beautiful paradise that it is.  Haida Hereditary Chief Allan Wilson observes:  “People from other countries are coming here to see what we’re doing….how do you fight your government and corporations over this land?  How do you fight over the water?  How come your Nation is so small and yet you’re able to do all of these things?”

Gorgeous footage and cogent tales of practical living and activism make “Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World” an inspiring and hopeful film.

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Farm and Film Gala April 13, 2016

 

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There will be vendors of farm produce and products, food, seeds and plants as well as tables with information from local farm and food related non-profit groups.  Tea and goodies made by the EMCS Culinary Arts students will be available by donation and there will be gift baskets to be won filled with items donated by the vendors.  We will be screening 2 short but inspiring films “Nourish: Food and Community and “Cultivating Healthy Food and Gardens for a Sustainable Future”.  The beautiful visuals and inspiring stories in “Nourish” trace our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps people have taken.  It features interviews with Anna Lappe, Michael Pollan, a chef, a pediatrician and several organic farmers. “Cultivating” is a quick world tour of innovative ways in which communities have focused on making food production, from field to plate, a local endeavor. The tour travels through Victoria to look at Lifecycles’ fruit tree gleaning project.

Doors open at 6:45; films at 7:45.  Evening will conclude at 9:00 as usual.

Don’t forget to bring some cash for buying those yummy early carrots and greens, seeds and local foodstuffs.

 

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Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr March 9, 2016

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Omar Khadr is the Canadian youth who was captured by American Forces in Afghanistan and spent over a decade in Guantanamo Prison.  He was released on bail in Edmonton in May of 2015 at age 28.  Based on the book by award-winning journalist Michelle Shephard who co-directed the film with Patrick Reed, “Guantanamo’s Child” chronicles Khadr’s life from his family’s arrival in Afghanistan from Canada through his capture when he was 15 to his time in the infamous Guantanamo Prison where he underwent hundreds of hours of interrogation and “coercive techniques”.  The film probes Khadr’s case from every angle with interviews with soldiers, prison guards and prison mates.

In the words of the filmmakers:  “For more than a decade Omar Khadr has existed only as a caricature drawn and defined by others: victim, killer, child, detainee, political pawn, terrorist, pacifist.  We had a simple goal in making this documentary – we wanted to tell his story by allowing him to tell his story….It was not a simple film to make.”

“Guantanamo’s Child” was rated as one the ten best Canadian films of 2015 by Vancouver’s Cinematheque.  It acquaints us with an incredibly resilient young man who grew up in a tragic and mind-boggling situation and quietly portrays the triumph of the human spirit.

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Permaculture Evening February 10, 2016

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Featuring the film “Inhabit” and a panel of Sooke Permaculture maestros.

Released in 2015, “Inhabit” introduces permaculture, a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving many issues related to agriculture, economics, governance and more.  This film presents a vast array of projects, concepts and people and it translates the biodiversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience.

For those familiar it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s possible – projects and solutions already under way.  For those unfamiliar with permaculture it will be an introduction to a new way of being and a new way of relating to the Earth.  For everyone it will be a reminder that humans are capable of being planetary healing forces.

The post screening panel will enlighten moviegoers about permaculture projects in our neighborhood and answer questions from the audience.  The panel will feature Tony St. Pierre and Erin Newell from Cast Iron Farm, a collectively run permaculture farm that hosts a monthly Sooke permaculture gathering.

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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate January 13th, 2016

Co-presented with Transition Sooke

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Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and 5 continents over 4 years, “This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international bestseller of the same name, this film presents 7 powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.  Throughout the film Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea:  that we can seize the existential crises of climate change to transform our failed economic system (capitalism) into something radically better.  She notes that the changes to our relationship with nature and one another that are required to respond to the climate crises in a humane way should not be viewed as grim penance, but rather as a kind of gift – a catalyst to transform broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds.

“Purposely unsettling…..ultimately encouraging”…..Variety Magazine

Post screening discussion will be facilitated by Transition Sooke’s Michael Tacon and will feature Glenys Verhulst from City Green Solutions, a Victoria-based non profit that offers home and building energy efficiency services and Larissa Stendie, energy and climate campaigner with the Sierra Club.  Moviegoers will be encouraged to create a list of ideas for lowering our carbon footprints and disengaging ourselves from the capitalist economy and then pledge to incorporate one of those ideas into their lives.

Thanks to the District of Sooke for their funding support for this screening.

 

 

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“Orphan Girl” December 9, 2015

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This docudrama is the true story of Helen Getachew Abebe who was born in a brushwood hut in southern Ethiopia.  As a young girl she lost 2 sisters, her mother and father and a leg to gangrene.  She grew up in an orphanage that owed as much to Dickens as to Mother Theresa.

After the many difficult times portrayed in the film, today Helen is a healthy, strong young woman with a son and a movie about her from which she is trying to raise enough money to start a small orphanage for street kids in Ethiopia.

“Orphan Girl” is being presented by Eric Anderson, aka Hum, Sooke’s own envoy to Ethiopia.  Hum is executive producer and assistant director of this film and also acts in it, although he is quick to point out that the director and other actors are all veterans (who did not take a dime for their work).  Hum will be attending the screening and will answer questions from the audience.

Awareness Film Night has promoted Hum’s work in Ethiopia at several of our past December  film nights.  This screening will be a benefit for the orphanage that Helen and Hum will  be creating.  All of the expenses of the night (theatre rental, advertising, etc.) will be covered so that every donation received will go towards their project.

The language of the movie is the national language of Ethiopia, Amharic. with English subtitles.

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“Unacceptable Levels” – November 4, 2015

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Have you ever asked yourself why so many of us are so sick?  This film examines the seamy side of the chemical revolution that began in the 1940s through the eyes of affable young father and filmmaker Ed Brown.  Join him  as he learns how chemicals have invaded our lives in the food we eat, the products we use and the very air we breathe.  Through interviews with top minds in the fields of sciences, advocacy and law viewers will find out about toxic chemicals in just about every facet of our lives and an egregious lack of regulations.  This may sound like a topic too painful to contemplate, but ignoring toxins does not make them go away.  Better to become informed so that you know how to lower the amount of toxins you and your family are exposed to and keep your body strong and resistant to unacceptable chemicals.

The post screening Q & A will focus on just that.

Hillary Childs, Registered Herbalist and formulator and owner of Huckleberry Hill handcrafted body care will present information on cancer-causing and hormone disrupting chemicals to watch out for in our personal care products. She will also advise us about chemicals that can be hidden from ingredient lists.

Glyse Clarkston, Registered Herbalist, will answer questions on ways to keep and clear toxic chemicals from our bodies.

Other panel members to be announced.

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