One World Arts announces an exciting program of acclaimed films and talks for the 30th edition of the One World Film Festival

Ottawa audiences will have the opportunity to see a number of feature and short documentaries from Canada and around the globe when the 30th annual One World Film Festival opens on Thursday, September 26th, 2019 followed by other dates over the next months. The first screening is on September 26th of Fred Peabody’s The Corporate Coup D’État which is produced by Canadian filmmaker Peter Raymont. The screening will be held at the University of Ottawa Academic Hall theatre at 135 Séraphin-Marion Private starting at 7:00pm, and it will be followed by a post-screening discussion & Q&A on the issues raised in the film. The post-screening discussants are: director Fred Peabody (over Skype), Molly Kane, Executive Director of The Council of Canadians, and Dr. Manfred Bienefeld, Vice-Chair of the Group of 78. This screening is in partnership with One World Arts and the Group of 78 and it is the Ottawa premiere. The event is presented in connection with the Group of 78’s 2019 Annual Policy Conference on “Global Markets, Inequality, and the Future of Democracy” (https://group78.org/event/corporate-coup-detat-screening-and-post-screening-panel-discussion/). The screening is admission by donation to help cover the cost of the event.

In October the festival will highlight other Ottawa premieres. On October 10th there will be a free screening (donations accepted) of Youth Unstoppable: The Rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement (https://www.scythiafilms.com/youth-unstoppable) made by the young Canadian female filmmaker Slater Jewell-Kemker at ByTowne Cinema at 325 Rideau Street (https://www.bytowne.ca/movie/youth-unstoppable). The screening is co-presented by One World Arts, Green Screen Ottawa, and the Group of 78. A youth-oriented panel discussion, moderated by CBC’s Adrian Harewood, on Canadian responses to the climate crisis will follow the screening. Panelists include a representative from Youth Action Now, Karolina Krym from youth group Our Time, and Mia Beijer, Founder of Future Rising Ottawa.

On October 16th we will have a free screening of the documentary Heartbeat: A Celebration of International Farm Workers (https://www.hortcouncil.ca/en/heartbeat/) which looks at how international farm workers impact Canadian agriculture. The screening will coincide with World Food Day and it will take place at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch (120 Metcalfe Street) and it is presented by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Michael Hicks; the screening is hosted by Beth Connery, Chair of the CHC’s Labour Working Group Executive.

Activities continue on October 19th for a double-bill featuring two acclaimed documentaries followed by a panel discussion. First up is Bellingcat: Truth in a Post-Truth World (www.bellingcatfilm.com) directed by Hans Pool, which will screen at 6:30pm. Bellingcat will be followed by the NFB production by First Nations/Cree filmmaker Tasha Hubbard’s documentary Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (https://www.nfb.ca/film/nipawistamasowin-we-will-stand-up/) starting at 8:45pm in partnership with Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival. The two documentaries will screen at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s Alma Duncan Salon (10 Daly Avenue). Admission prices are $12 for each film or $20 for the double bill. There will be a reception prior to the screenings from 5:00pm – 6:00pm at The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa member’s lounge (2 Daly Avenue, Suite #140).

On November 10th the festival will present the Ottawa premiere of Gay Chorus Deep South (www.gaychorusdeepsouth.com) at 2:00pm at the Allsaints hall, 315 Chapel Street. The film will be followed by a performance of the Ottawa Gay Men’s Choir. Admission for the screening and the choral performance is $25.

The One World Film Festival is excited to also screen Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont’s documentary, Margaret Atwood: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power, about Canadian award-winning author Margaret Atwood. The screening will take place at ByTowne Cinema (325 Rideau St) at 6:45pm on November 13th. Director Peter Raymont will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. Admission is $12.

In November work by local filmmakers about Ottawa communities will also be presented. There will also be a Community Fun Film & Food Fair on November 17th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm at Bronson Centre Community Hall (Mac Hall) at 211 Bronson Avenue. Admission is free.

The festival is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival, raising awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. The festival shines the spotlight on local and international films and artists, in addition to showcasing a diversity of cultures and traditions. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of different cultures through thought-provoking films and participating in post-screening panel discussions and Q&As. The festival is the region’s only documentary film festival, an event devoted to engaging Ottawa-Gatineau citizens in a dialogue about human rights.

The One World Film Festival is presented by One World Arts, a volunteer-based, charitable organization dedicated to public engagement on global issues through the arts.

For schedules, information, and updates, please visit our website at: http://oneworldfilmfestival.ca/.

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