Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reel Awareness Film Festival 2012, Nov 15-18

Amnesty International Toronto begins presenting the 7th Annual Reel Awareness Film Festival starting tonight with an opening night reception and a screening of A Whisper to a Roar. The film looks at democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. After the screening, the director Ben Moses will participate in a Q & A via Skype.

The closing night film on Sunday night will be Big Boys Gone Bananas! It chronicles the filmmaker Fredrick Gertten's ordeal of being bullied by the company Dole when he began screening his earlier documentary Bananas!

The screenings also include the still relevant You Don't Like the Truth - Four Days Inside Guantanamo, which looks at the imprisonment and torture of Omar Khadr. It raises many questions and throws his confession into doubt because of the torture and the very real threat that he'd spend the rest of his life in those conditions otherwise.

Worldwide, talented filmmakers brave threats and danger to capture moving stories about human rights abuse, resistance and struggle. Their films have the power to take us away from our own lives and examine the complexity of the human condition. These are stories that simply have to be told.

This year, the festival includes guest speakers, panel discussions, ways to take on human rights issues and more. The films come from across the world and take on issues like human trafficking, women's rights, the Israel-Palestine conflict and more.

Except for opening night, admission is Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) at the door, with a suggested donation of $5. All screenings take place at Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street near Yonge Street (College Subway Station).

Reel Awareness Film Festival 2012 Schedule

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Friday, November 16th, 2012
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
1:00 PM

3:00 PM

5:00 PM

7:30 PM

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
1:00 PM

3:00 PM

5:30 PM

7:30 PM

"A Whisper to a Roar" Trailer from "A Whisper to a Roar" Documentar on Vimeo.

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