World Community Film Festival reaches 30th year

Angel AzulAngel Azul
The Men’s RoomThe Men’s Room
Dirt RichDirt Rich
No Ordinary ManNo Ordinary Man
The ReturnThe Return
The Magnitude of All ThingsThe Magnitude of All Things
Women of EarthWomen of Earth

Every February for the past three decades, World Community has hosted a film festival of documentaries from all corners of the world that focus on emerging human development issues.

This year, the festival has incorporated an online platform that affords viewers an opportunity to watch every film over a nine-day period, as opposed to one weekend.

As the World Community website states: ‘It’s your festival, your way.’

The Feb. 5-13 event features 18 documentaries that address social and environmental justice, LGBTQ+, Indigenous issues, food security, climate change, music and arts. Some will include interviews with filmmakers and other resource people.

The non-profit, Comox Valley-based World Community is comprised of advocates working to foster a greater awareness of social, economic and environmental consequences of human activity at local and global levels. It sells fairly traded coffee and organic products to help support a health care project in Nicaragua. Its flagship event is the film fest. Films are selected by a four-person committee. Creativity, film quality and relevance to the community are important aspects of selection.

For this year’s festival, Gordon Darby recommends The Magnitude of All Things, by Canadian director Jennifer Abbott. The film is a beautifully shot personal exploration of the global impacts of climate change through a prism of grief, both personal and environmental. Darby said viewers will remember the moving, thoughtful film long after they have seen it.

Ardith Chambers and Janet Fairbanks both selected No Ordinary Man: The Billy Tipton Story as their favourite film this year. For decades, the life of American jazz musician Billy Tipton was framed as the story of an ambitious woman passing as a man. Tipton’s story is re-imagined and performed by trans-masculine artists as they collectively paint a thought-provoking and moving portrait of an unlikely hero.

“I especially enjoyed the scenes of Billy’s son’s reaction to a more inclusive attitude,” Chambers said.

Programmer Wayne Bradley’s festival pick is The Men’s Room, an intimate story of a long-lasting men’s choir in Norway, and a rare portrayal of men caring deeply for other men during times of crisis.

“You must see this film for its ability to candidly frame our social need for connectedness,” Bradley said. “As one of the choir members observes, ‘With all the different personalities in the choir, it means you end up loving all of humanity.’”

For more festival information and to watch film trailers, visit or find World Community on Facebook.

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

Just Posted

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
Vancouver Island children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Nanaimo-raised singer Allison Crowe with director Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2011. Crowe performs a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the upcoming director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ (Photo courtesy Clay Enos)
B.C. musician records song for upcoming ‘Justice League’ film

Allison Crowe’s close connection to director led to rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

The Gordon Head Recreation Centre stands in as the Quimper Regional Hospital on Feb. 23 for filming Maid, a 10-part Netflix series. (Greg Sutton/District of Saanich)
Netflix transforms Saanich recreation centre into hospital for filming

Facility was closed to public Feb. 23 for filming of Maid

This image released by SYFY shows Meredith Garretson, left, and Alan Tudyk in the new series "Resident Alien." (James Dittinger/SYFY via AP)
B.C.-shot ‘Resident Alien’ invader gets lift-off with viewers

New Syfy series catching on, proving TV doesn’t have to come from premium cable

West Coast-themed metal art by Nanaimo artists Hayley Willoughby (pictured), her father Jack and partner Blair LeFebvre is on display in the window of Lululemon at Woodgrove Centre from now until March 13 as part of the store’s monthly local artist program. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Metal artists present cross-generational show at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

Work by Hayley Willoughby, her partner and father on display in Lululemon window

Vancouver Island Symphony principal violinist and concertmaster Calvin Dyck is among the musicians performing in the upcoming Salmon and Trout concert. (Photo courtesy HA Photography)
Vancouver Island Symphony will make a splash with fish-themed quintets concert

Performance was to take place in November but was rescheduled due to COVID-19

Nico Rhodes, Lucas Smart, James McRae and Kosma Busheikin (from left) recorded their set for the Nanaimo International Jazz Festival’s online video series at the Harbour City Theatre in December. (Photo courtesy François Savard)
Music starts next week at online Nanaimo International Jazz Festival

Ten free, virtual performances to occur over three weeks in March

The original artwork created by local artist Emily Thiessen, is featured as the Commercial Alley’s eighth installation. (City of Victoria)
 The original artwork created by local artist Emily Thiessen, is featured as the Commercial Alley’s eighth installation. (City of Victoria)
Victoria calls for artists to fill Commercial Alley gallery

Competition open to artists in the Capital Regional District

Cowichan Valley author Teresa Schapansky’s books for young readers have become a phenomenon on Amazon. (Submitted)
Cowichan author tops Amazon charts

Award-winning author Teresa Schapansky learned of a need for low-level readers in the classroom

Nadia Rieger restocks some of the art supplies at the Crows Nest Artist Collective. Their move to stocking more art supplies over the course of the pandemic was a response to increased demand, which she thinks shows people have been turning to creating art to cope with mental health struggles due to lockdowns and restrictions on other activities. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
Vancouver Islanders using art to conquer COVID blues

It seems people have been turning to their creative sides to stay mentally and emotionally healthy

Chris Bullock, Parksville artist, stands next to his ‘Mermother’ series, on display at the McMillan Arts Centre until Feb. 29. Bullock himself will be at the MAC from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Saturday until the end of the month. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville artist Chris Bullock’s unique illustrations on display

‘I’m heavily influenced by old comic book styles from the 1950s’

VIU music instructors Hans Verhoeven, Ben Henriques and Ken Lister (from left) are presenting a weekly jazz performance series with pianist James Darling (not pictured). (Josef Jacobson/News Bulletin)
VIU music instructors presenting online jazz concert series

Musicians getting ‘back in shape’ performing American Songbook standards

Most Read