Activism lauded at film festival

The seventh annual Nanaimo Global Film Festival features stories about people who are re-inventing their world and their future.

The seventh annual Nanaimo Global Film Festival features stories about people who are re-inventing their world and their future.

The festival, which runs Oct. 14-15 at Vancouver Island University, features 30 films from the Travelling World Community Film Festival.

The films, covering several broad themes, are a celebration of activism taking place all over the world to right here in B.C.

Earth’s fragile environment and the impact of mining and deforestation are presented in the films Call of Life; Facing the Mass Extinction, Dirty Business (the effects of coal power), and Green (the story of an endangered orangutan).

Ethical use of our resources is the theme in Water on the Table, about Canada’s fresh water, and Chemerical (a family finding ways to a toxic-free home). The Force of Nature; The David Suzuki Movie, follows the Canadian environmentalist’s life.

Alternatives to industrialized farming are examined in The Vanishing of the Bees, Dirt! The Movie, A Thousand Suns and Fresh.

Films that look at human rights include The Dark Side of Chocolate (trafficked children in African cocoa fields), and Grace, Milly, Lucy…Child Soldiers.

Locally made films being screened include Voices of the River, Courtenay River Estuary, and Shining Forth – Prosperity.

The complete film descriptions and schedule can be found at

A variety of passes can be purchased at the festival in Building 355 (access from Fourth Street, behind the library) Passes range from $25 for a two-day pass to $10 for a half-day or one-evening pass.

In conjunction with the films in Buildings 355 and 356, there will also be information tables, and food and beverages for sale to filmgoers. The festival begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, and continues from 9 a.m. until evening on Oct. 15.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lithium-ion battery fire damages suite in Nanaimo

One man displaced from home after battery for radio-controlled toy bursts into flame while charging

Nanaimo pianist and future doctor honoured for ‘excellence in culture’

Devon Joiner is among this year’s City of Nanaimo Culture and Heritage Award winners

Volunteers on Vancouver Island checking in on seniors during pandemic

United Way reports 2,600 phone check-ins and 1,300 ‘virtual visits’

Nanaimo mayor, in his work as a lawyer, named in lawsuit over client’s will

Leonard Krog administrator of an estate being challenged under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act

B.C. Ferries says Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay sailings filling up fast

Tsawwassen-Duke Point may be a better alternative between June 4 and 7, says ferry corporation

March dental conference key to many of B.C.’s COVID-19 cases

Early infections from China, Iran were quickly contained

Beefs & Bouquets, June 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Cortes Island affordable housing project hangs by a thread

Regional decision makers resort to COVID-19 concerns despite virtual meeting option and push hearing to September

MAP: Dr. Henry reveals which B.C. regions have seen most COVID-19 cases

B.C. health officials release a first look at how the novel coronavirus has reached all corners of the province

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Damage happens every year, forcing site manager to reallocate improvement budget to repairs

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman, 26, fatally shot by police in Edmundston, N.B.

Police were conducting a well-being check at the time of the incident

Seniors to receive up to $500 in promised COVID-19 emergency aid in early July

The Liberal government first promised the extra help in mid-May, but had to create a new system to deliver the aid

VIDEO: Revelstoke bear wanders into Animal House pet store

Staff got ready to chase it out with a broom

Most Read