No Boundaries film festival coming to GF

B.C.’s largest, longest running international social issues film festival is back this weekend

By Larry HudemaB.C.’s largest, longest running international social issues film festival is back this weekend as the No Boundaries Film Club will be presenting the ninth annual Grand Forks screening of the World Community Film Festival from Feb. 21-23. TThe World Community Development Education Society (http://worldcommunity.ca/), based in Courtenay, has been holding the festival in the Comox Valley since 1990. In recent years they have introduced the Traveling World Film Festival to share the films with other communities in B.C. and across Canada.The opening film, Seeds of Freedom, challenges the mantra, promoted by the pro genetically-modified lobby, that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. It shows how small-scale farmers feed 70 per cent of the world, using less land and water, with a higher degree of sustainability. From there we sail in to the World Before Her. This Best Canadian Feature winner at Hot Docs examines a transitional moment faced by India. It features contestants in the Miss India competition and women enrolled in a militant fundamentalist camp.As usual there is a varied fare of documentary films covering a range of topics, such as Grow, which profiles a new crop of idealistic young farmers and Greedy Lying Bastards, which details people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and who, exactly, funds them. There are uplifting, empowering films: Sweet Dreams, a story of Rwandan women who formed a drum troupe and ice cream business and Camera Woman; Stand, a film with some superlative photography of the West Coast. I could list ‘em all, the couple on corporate/economic “shysterism,” all the way to our closer, Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine, a tale about the sadly enduring tale of having to establish fundamental human rights. Okay, not done yet: Solar Momas, or how to overcome obstacles and achieve. Anyway, you get the point. These films show us, as global citizens, how we are more alike than different and that we all face challenges and that, though difficult, they are not insurmountable.For more information on this year’s films you can check us out at our website http://noboundariesfilmclub.weebly.com. We are also on facebook.A pass is $20, low income is $10 and per session admission (morning, afternoon, evening) is $5 and $3, respectively. Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) students are free.And with that segue might I mention you might want to check out the student version of the film festival at the following site, http://noboundariesfilmclub.weebly.com/gfss-film-fest.html. In case anyone who wishes to watch Greedy Lying Bastards but is unable to catch it Saturday afternoon, it will be showing Thursday at 7 p.m., the public is welcome. Admission is by donation and goes toward supporting the GFSS Global Citizens Club.I would be seriously negligent if I failed to mention the Boundary Peace Initiative’s snacks and lunches in the multi-purpose room. The lunches, particularly, are a great place to debrief after a good round of film watching or just idly enjoy the company of fellow film goers and very good borscht meals, as well as some delightful baking.  Something I should mention is that the selection of many of the films was done with the assistance of a number of people who are on the No Boundaries Film Club e-mail list. This facilitates the selection process somewhat. John, Zak Eburne (a warm and thankful welcome to the new member of our film committee) and I would like to extend our thanks to those of you who took the time to do this.