2nd Annual Reel Change Film Festival
Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM - Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM (MDT)
The River Community Church is proud to present the 2nd annual
Reel Change Film Festival
Lillian Osborne High School
2019 Leger Road NW, Edmonton, AB
May 24 - 26, 7:30pm
Expand your worldview with an in-depth look at local and global social justice issues. A Q&A session hosted by experts on the issues addressed in each film will follow screenings. In the spirit of the films chosen, festival proceeds will support local non-profit organizations that assist vulnerable members of our community.
For more information, visit www.reelchange.ca
The Nanny Business
Thursday, May 24th, 7:30pm
The Nanny Business explores the domestic labour market that brings in an estimated 5,000 women to Canada every year to serve as caregivers. These women, mostly escaping poverty in the Philippines, leave their own children behind. Their dream is to satisfy the requirements of a Canadian government program that promises a “fast-track” route to citizenship. For many that dream becomes a reality, however a disturbing number of these women become victims of fraud and abuse.
Following the journey of Edelyn and Joelina, two single mothers who arrive with only their hopes for the future, The Nanny Business puts a personal face on a story exploitation that is occurring all around us. From the moment both women arrive in Canada, they are victims of unscrupulous agents and employers, vulnerable in a system that does not protect them. University-educated, determined, and brave, they both fight back. In the end, they find ways to overcome their circumstances and the bravery to go public.
They hope their stories will help force change, both in attitude and action, in the new country they want to call home.
Friday, May 25th, 7:30pm
Asian girls are enslaved in suburban massage parlors. Domestic workers toil like slaves in suburban homes. Girls in a Montreal subway station are lured into prostitution. Vancouver gangs recruit Honduran boys to sell drugs... Human trafficking is a reality today. And it’s happening closer to home than you might think. Featuring candid interviews with victims, witnesses, and perpetrators, Avenue Zero weaves a spellbinding portrait of a dark and sinister trade flourishing in the shadows of the law.
Where’s My Goat
Saturday, May 26th, 7:30pm
After weeks of debating what promotional item might make the most sense for his business, filmmaker Christopher Richardson settles on a curious approach to thanking clients for their business: he will buy goats in his clients’ names for families in the developing world. But as the list of gifted goats grows, some clients question whether the animals actually exist. Christopher decides to travel to a Zambian village in search of one of the goats he has bought online and discover for himself whether his ethical gift giving is making the impact he hoped for with his goat idea.
Along the way he encounters both supporters and detractors of the ethical gift concept. But one question is paramount to him: “where’s my goat?” Using humor,animation and a sincere desire to access whether his good faith gesture is truly making a difference, this filmmaker’s search for “his” goat is a provocative, outside-the-box look at charity, western views of it and the impact a specific initiative might have.