World Community Film Fest 2019 - Closing Night
The World Community film festival, in its 28th year, is the longest-running social justice film festival held in BC. Every year hundreds of people participate in the festival.
Over 30 of the most inspiring documentaries from Canada and abroad cover a myriad of social justice topics. Many of the uplifting and entertaining films have received rave reviews and awards at festivals such as Hot Docs and the Vancouver International Film Festival.
(35 minutes, 2017)
Torn from her family, her paintings, and her beloved Calcutta after the partition of India, artist Surayia Rahman finds a new life in Bangladesh teaching impoverished mothers to embroider her storytelling designs. An inspirational example of the power of art and the impact of empowering women and girls around the world, Threads takes us on an intimate journey into the heart of an artist and celebrates an unconventional path to dignity and independence.
(72 minutes, 2018)
Executive Producer: Susan Sarandon
Soufra follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar, a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69 year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp, south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film chronicles Mariam and a diverse team of fellow refugee women from throughout the Middle East, who share the camp as their home as they set out to change their fate by launching a catering company called 'Soufra' and then expand its reach outside the camp, through an astonishing Kickstarter campaign, with a food truck business. Together, these determined, hardworking women heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food, while taking their future into their own hands.
Feature Film Award, Galway Film Fleadh; Audience Award at several film festivals.
See trailer at www.worldcommunity.ca.