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One World Film Festival

One World Arts < >  announces an exciting program of acclaimed films and talks for the 29 th  edition of the One World Film Festival: < > Since 1989 this unique festival has been bringing thought-provoking documentaries and discussions of critical issues to audiences in the national capital region.  The main festival runs from Thursday September 20 through Saturday evening September 22 at Arts Court theatre, 2 Daly Ave.  See the program for full details of all films, speakers, partners, and schedule times. View the program here. Prominent themes include:  Women’s Voices for Justice, Our Neighborhoods, Art for Life!, Women on the Frontlines .  The Thursday September 20 opening night film  Naila and the Uprising < > , presented in partnership with the Nobel Women’s Initiative, will feature a conversation with Suhad Babaa, executive producer and executive direct

Canadian premiere of ¡Las Sandinistas! and the One World Film Festival.

Canadian premiere of ¡Las Sandinistas! Ottawa September 12 Special advance screening for the 29 th One World Film Festival, Ottawa September 20-22 My current major film-related volunteer role is as the president of Ottawa-based One World Arts which annually put on the One World Film Festival of which I am the lead programmer and coordinator. This year’s festival, the 29 th (more information and highlights below), begins with a special September 12 advance screening of an outstanding documentary feature ¡Las Sandinistas! , the world premiere of which I attended at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March. I wrote this about it in an April Screenings & Meanings column: Human rights struggles were at the core of several films.  Receiving a special jury mention was ¡Las Sandinistas! ( ) directed by Jenny Murray whom I interviewed about the amazing Nicaraguan women who were combatants on the frontlines of the Sand

A cinematic experience at Toronto’s Bell Lightbox

My most recent peak cinematic experience was in the last days of August at Toronto’s Bell Lightbox, home base of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which starts September 6. (I’ll be seeing about 25 films at this year’s edition. That’s for a later blog.) This was the screening over three days—August 25, 26, and 28—of the monumental Japanese masterwork The Human Condition directed by Masaki Kobayashi and released as three two-part films— No Greater Love, Road to Eternity, A Soldier’s Prayer —from 1959 to 1961. Presented as part of TIFF’s “Summer in Japan” series, this was a rare chance to take in a theatrical showing of one of the greatest achievements of Japanese cinema. The timing also coincided with the 80 th birthday on August 28 of a longtime Ottawa friend George Wright whose son Roger and family with two young granddaughters live in Tokyo. Bringing George with me to his hometown of Toronto for four days made sharing this movie event extra special for us. Based o