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The Just Film Festival brings the pursuit of justice to the big screen.
We feature social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities, here and around the planet. The focus of the festival is to motivate audiences to action by spotlighting issues both local and global.
Knitting Nannas & Cooking Across Cultures starts at 12:00 PM.
Milk Men starts at 1:00 PM.
Facing Fear & Nefertitti’s Daughters starts at 3:10 PM
The Wanted 18 starts at 4:30 PM
On Saturday, February 13, all day starting at 12:00 pm, be sure to visit the Social Justice Bazaar with up to 20 progressive organizations and connect with fellow activists.
DIR Rani Brown / Australia, 2013, 22 min.
Knitting Nannas Against Gas is a group of sweet ladies who ‘protest’ by unfolding some lawn chairs, popping the kettle on and knitting. The KNAGs, who formed in Australia in 2012, campaign against the growing coal-seam gas (CSG) industry, which they argue threatens to destroy prime farmland and unspoiled ecosystems. They are also absolutely delightful and effective.
From the Nannafesto: “We peacefully & productively protest against the destruction of our land, air, and water by corporations and/or individuals who seek profit and personal gain from the short-sighted and greedy plunder of our natural resources. We support energy generation from renewable sources, and sustainable use of our other natural resources. We sit, knit, plot, have a yarn and a cuppa, and bear witness to the war against those who try to rape our land and divide our communities.”
DIR Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House collective / Canada, 2015, 11 min.
Immigrants to Canada arrive healthier than the average Canadian but this reverses in 5 to 10 years after arrival. This video looks at four groups – three immigrants and one Aboriginal – and discusses how food and culture affects them.
Film participants in attendance
DIR Jan Haaken / USA, 2015, 76 min.
Psychologist and filmmaker Jan Haaken revisits the region where she spent childhood summers on her aunt and uncle’s dairy farm, following four families as they try to survive amidst intense pressures that have led most dairies to go under. Filmed over the changing seasons in the richly scenic agricultural terrain of the Pacific Northwest, dairy farming emerges as a fascinating tale of modernity. Regardless of the size of their operations, these families all struggle to hold onto traditions while adapting to change, from economic and technological forces to shifting intergenerational and gender roles. Milk Men explores as well the symbolic place of dairy cows in the public imagination, and societal discomfort with industrializing a business long associated with rural America.
Filmmaker in attendance
DIR Jason Cohen / USA, 2013, 23 min.
Worlds collide when a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime attack meet by chance 25 years after the incident that dramatically shaped both their lives. Together they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration…and friendship.
Academy Award Nominee, Documentary Short Subject 2014
DIR Mark Nickolas, Elizabeth Van Meter / Egypt, 2015, 39 min.
Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, it spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti placed her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedom in Egypt today.
Remi Award, Houston International Film Fest 2015; Grand Jury Prize, Athens Film and Video Festival 2015
DIR Amer Shomali, Paul Cowan / Palestine, 2015, 75 min.
It started simply enough, with the purchase of 18 cows. Bought by residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, the cows were a symbol of freedom and resistance, allowing them to provide milk for their children rather than buying it from an Israeli company.
But these were not ordinary times. The first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank was rising and soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army. With humour and passion, The Wanted 18 captures the spirit of the 1987 uprising through the personal experiences of those who lived it, bringing to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.