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io_sto_con_la_sposa_IMG_3349Refugees making their way from Syria to Sweden in black tie. A drag queen fighting against the rigid structures of a Catholic country. Communities resisting pipelines and mega-projects. Documentary films have much to tell us about the world around us!

The Just Film Festival brings you compelling stories about social justice and human rights with themes ranging from the migrant crisis to the human toll of the actions of extractive industries in developing countries.

Jointly arranged by CoDevelopment Canada, Amnesty International Vancouver, Village Vancouver, and Vancity Theatre, this year we are presenting 14 award-winning documentary films including three student films from Langara College.


Our mandate is to gather Vancouver’s diverse social justice community to a festival that allows for reflection, provides a forum for discussion, and prompts participants to action. While the issues are often difficult, we feel it is important to provide tools and ideas for solutions.

With this festival we want to provide opportunities for you to be involved in:

Awareness

By learning more about the world around us, we gain understanding of others’ perspectives. We hope the films you see will challenge you to explore new ideas and begin new conversations.

Analysis

The best way to process what we learn, experience, or witness is to reflect, discuss, and explore further what we have learned. We hope that the films you see at the festival will spark dialogue.

Action and collaboration

Until we take action, our opinions are not fully expressed. Visit the Social Justice bazaar to learn about volunteer, leadership, and positive action opportunities with locally-based organizations.


“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.”

Wangari Maathai