Agassiz film series explores global social justice

War, ethics and grass roots at core of three documentaries

The Agassiz Social Justice Film Festival returns this fall for its fifth year. This year’s line-up will feature provocative and inspiring topics on three consecutive Thursday nights.

On Oct. 25 the film Liberia ‘77 shows how despite time, war, distance and culture, photography connects us all. When Canadian brothers Jeff and Andrew Topham return to the war torn West African country of their childhood to re-shoot their father’s photos from the ‘70s, they find a nation whose own photographic history was destroyed by war.

Suddenly the tattered envelope of Topham family photos they were carrying took on an unimagined significance. Their images offered a rare proof of a once peaceful and prosperous country – and hope for a brighter future. Jeff Topham, who now lives in Vancouver, will be present to show his film and explain his plan to assist the National Museum in Monrovia in the country’s rebuilding process.

On Nov. 1, the film “Where’s My Goat?” takes us from Newfoundland to Zambia. Filmmaker, Christopher Richardson buys goats for third world families as thank you gifts for clients. But some clients question the existence of their goats. So Christopher decides to track down his goat and discover for himself if ethical gifts are the positive life changers for the developing world that they are advertised to be.

Members of the Agassiz group Teryia will have a display of their project to assist village women in Mali to purchase a grinder to process shea butter for market.

The third film, The People’s Crisis will be shown by LINK (Liberty in North Korea) representatives followed by discussion on Nov. 8. It will feature analysis and insight into the little-known grass roots changes that are happening inside North Korea.

The festival is sponsored by All Saints Anglican and Agassiz United Churches

All three films will be shown at 7 p.m. at Agassiz United Church, 6860 Lougheed Hwy.

Refreshments are provided and admission is by donation.

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

Just Posted

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in Port Coquitlam causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the PoCo rail yard.

UPDATE: Pioneer Ave filming to include snow effects, stunt driving and fire arms

Pioneer Avenue to be backdrop for scenes set in 1950s

UPDATE: Rockslide keeps Coquihalla northbound lane closed

Highway 5 is closed in one direction.

UPDATE: Brother of teen killed by stray bullet in Vancouver says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down while on his way home from dinner with his family

UPDATE: Wind warning ends for Metro Vancouver after thousands lose power

More than 34,000 BC Hydro customers in the dark on Sunday morning in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast

Week in Review – January 19

Movie filming, water upgrades and more

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Semi rollover on Highway 3

Highway 3 is reduced to single-alternating lanes

Most Read