I will be following up and addressing a number of topics.
Plenty to last for a while - as this time - I am really, truly, seriously going into my "creative cocooning mode" in order to paint and also determine and establish the new direction for AngelDust Creations, that has had a "line of new inspirational items" on the drawing board for a while. (Will be doing my blog rounds though..)
I'll start off with :
The Social Justice Film Festival
- It was a huge success in my opinion and judging by the full house attendance for
"An Inconvenient Truth" and "Black Gold"
and, the determination and dedication of those that came out for the 10:00AM films, throughout the day and, evening as well as on Sunday to hear the Children's Choir (along with the Scouts on Baden Powell day!).
This is a view of the main venue The First United Church , Rev. McMurtry addressing the guests on Opening Night. We were all very exited as we saw people lining up for tickets!
My top pick, "Uganda Rising" was shown at The Salvation Army and got to meet its Director, Peter McCormack, a Vancouverite, posing (on the right) with lovely Committee Chair, and Activist Jean Kromm and (left) local Artist Tessa Lloyd - his mother... Nice!
For the discussion Peter was joined by Elaine Halsall, who was kind enough to come over all the way from Vancouver Island. They made a fantastic team as Elaine has made several visits to Uganda. (She is now completing her dissertation at the University of Roehampton , London, England in the area of Human Rights Education. The title of Her dissertation is: Girls at the Front: An exploration of the relationship between human rights education policy and the lived experiences of girls taken by the militia, in northern Uganda’s civil war. Bless her! )
Above, Roxane Cave, Manager of 10,000 Villages, from Vancouver's Commercial Drive store, whom graciously spent the morning with us and spoke on matters of Fair Trade after the movie "Big Sugar" - another must see, particularly for those of us in the US and Canada.
If you have not heard of either Fair Trade or the Ten Thousand Villages shops, please, do take the time to visit the links...
"Black Gold" made a huge impact on Saturday afternoon's audience - a lot of young "coffee drinking" people - which lingered on well beyond the discussion period and bought out all the Guatemalan Coffee that was brought in by a local non-profit group that buys it directly from the Mayan farmers.
I will post in the near future on this unique project that was started by a handful of UCB students (website in the works) which is growing into a wonderful example of international respect and friendship, now also involving one of our local high schools. It was very exiting to hear all this and be there!
I almost forgot - we had to turn people away as "Iraq for Sale" sold out all available seats.
In a week the committee is convening again, a bit more informally this time, to asses and begin plans for the 2008 Festival (for which we already got some tittles - ay Chihuahua - no rest for the activists!).
(I ended up "hosting" Big Sugar and, as "official" photographer - as usual, the cameras acted out their limitations...!) lol