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Community Social Justice Film Festival kicks off in Agassiz October 27

A series of films are being offered over the next few weeks that could change the way viewers see the world.

The Community Social Justice Film Festival will kick off October 27 at Agassiz United Church, at 7 p.m.

The film to be shown that night is Reel Injun, which looks at how Hollywood has shaped the world’s understanding, and misunderstanding, of First Nation people. The film is directed by a Cree filmmaker, Neil Diamond, and is being loaned to the festival by the National Film Board.

The next film is Schooling the World, to be shown on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the Northern Indian Himalayas, this film examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life” – despite mounting evidence of the environmental, social, and mental health costs of this modern “better” lifestyle.

The third and final film is Pray the Devil Back to Hell, on Thursday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

his film tells the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

There is no admission to the film screenings, which are being sponsored by Agassiz United and All Saints Anglican Churches. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 604-796-2680 or 604-796-9705.