Kamloops Global Film Fest debuts at International Days

Jessica Duncan, Contributor Ω

Image courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Image courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

During International Days, TRU had the honour of hosting the first Kamloops Global Film Festival Thursday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 9. The event was presented by the Kamloops Global Awareness Network (KGAN). The festival featured films from the Travelling World Community Film Festival.

“The Travelling World Community Film Festival has travelled across Canada over the past 10 years and this is the first time it’s coming to Kamloops, so we’re very excited to share it with our community,” said Sarah Johnstone, KGAN regional coordinator.

Nine films were shown at this year’s film festival. Feature documentary United States of Africa follows Didier Awadi, an African hip-hop artist, as he creates an album highlighting black revolutionary leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Shorter films such as Reflections: Art for an Oil-Free Coast were shown as well. Reflections is a British Columbian documentary showing the journey of 50 artists as they travel B.C.’s northern coast, an area central to the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project.

Formed in late 2011, KGAN is primarily involved with global development issues such as poverty, gender, human rights, environment, social justice, health and fair trade. KGAN is affiliated with the B.C. Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC).

The Kamloops Global Film Festival is hoping to return again next year as an annual event, but in a bigger venue with a bigger audience.