World Community Film Fest 2019 - Opening 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.
(100 minutes, 2018)
Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community on Elcho Island. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album 'Gurrumul' brought him to audiences around the world. The film is a portrait of an artist on the brink of global reverence, and the struggles he and those closest to him face in balancing two distinct worlds.
Gurrumul’s final masterwork is his collaboration with composer Erkki Veltheim to translate Yolngu traditional music (up to 10,000 years old) into a Western orchestral arrangement. As the score plays and images of Elcho Island people splash with beauty across the screen, something transformative happens. A shimmering tribute to an amazing singer.
Audience Award, Perth Film Festival; Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
See trailer at www.worldcommunity.ca.