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One World Film Festival explores the global and local with themes of peace, freedom, wealth, justice

By Michaella Francom on September 25, 2013


The One World Film Festival is more than just a weekend of documentaries focused on human rights issues and environmental sustainability. It is an opportunity to turn some attention onto under reported issues that don’t make, or don’t stay, in the headlines long enough to capture the collective imagination and to be addressed by the public at large. Reaching beyond the images on-screen, the festival provides an atmosphere that encourages engagement and promotes meaningful dialogue.

In the break between screenings audiences can grab a bite to eat and talk amongst themselves or with representatives at information tables set up by NGOs and festival sponsors. In addition there will be panel discussions which bring together filmmakers and experts on-the-ground to elaborate upon issues being exposed in the films.

With an eye to increased accessibility and inclusiveness, this year there is a tiered pay-structure that offers individuals to choose the level of contribution that suits them best: ‘Idealist’: $10/program or $35 festival pass; ‘Activist’: $15/program or $50 festival pass; ‘Enabler’: $20/program or $70 festival pass.

Each program requires a separate admission but pass holders have access to all programs.

This year there are four main themes, Peace, Freedom, Wealth and Justice, with a different theme featured in each program.


Partners for PeaceUnder the leadership of Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire, a delegation of American and Canadian women seeks to learn about the decades-long conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Red WeddingForced into marriage at a young age, Sochan Pen tells her story thirty years later, seeking justice from the international tribunal trying former Khmer Rouge leaders.


Last ChanceProduced by the National Film Board of Canada, Last Chance examines the plight of LGBT refugees from around the world who are seeking asylum in Canada.

The Defector: Escape from North KoreaA dramatic retelling of North Korean refugees who risk their lives to cross the border to freedom in the South.


Tiny – A look at sustainable living in North American vis-à-vis the small house movement.

Occupy the Movie – Filmmaker Corey Ogilvie seeks to understand the Occupy movement, tracing its development and underlying goals and motivations.


Silence is Gold – A chronicle of the complex legal proceedings that followed the 2008 publication of Alain Deneault’s exposé about the troubling practices of Canadian mining companies in Africa.

Dear Mandela – Winner of numerous awards including Best South African Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival, Dear Mandela is an inspiring portrait of adversity and resistance as youth challenge the eviction laws in Shantytowns.

The One World Film Festival takes place September 26-28th 2013 at Library and Archives Canada. Tickets will be sold at the door during the festival but can also be purchased online in advance. For more information you can visit their website.