(The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, official trailer screenshot)

Agassiz Social Justice film festival to feature inspiring youth

‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ and ‘He Called Me Malala’ will be playing Nov. 7 and 8

For two days this week, the Agassiz-Harrison Social Justice Film Festival will be inspiring the community with true-life movies about youth.

The annual film festival, which is now in its 12th year, will be focusing on the theme Youth Who Inspire, by showing two movies of young kids who made a difference in their communities and the world.

The first, on Thursday, Nov. 7, is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The film is a dramatization of a memoir by the same name, and follows the story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba, whose family was struggling to make ends meet in Malawi in the early 2000s. After being forced to leave school because of financial difficulties, Kamkwamba spends hours at the library learning how to make a windmill to not only help his family, but his country as well.

The next day, on Friday, Nov. 8, the film festival will feature He Named Me Malala, which follows Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who has now become one of the world’s leading activists and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. The documentary looks at the events leading up to the Taliban’s attack on Malala for speaking out on girl’s education, as well as the events that came after it, including her speech to the United Nations.

Both films start at 7 p.m. and will be screened at the Agassiz United Church (6860 Lougheed Highway).

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Last year, the film festival partnered with Agassiz Harrison Community Services, and showcased movies that looked at the needs of families. That year, there were over 50 people in attendance each night.

Information tables will be available during the festival, as well as refreshments and a book display from the Fraser Valley Regional Library.


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