Still image from documentary Conviction
Us & Them – Conviction — PUSH re-imagine a better way forward
Green Wood Coalition is hosting three film events, featuring live online music and discussions with the films’ creators, as it adapts its Community 101 speaker series and IMAGINATE social justice conference and theatrical event to today’s pandemic realities.
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The three documentaries — Us & Them, Conviction and PUSH — confront issues of poverty, housing, mental health and substance dependency at a time when COVID-19 has disproportionately hurt vulnerable individuals, exposing cracks in our social systems as never before.
This makes the films’ messages more urgent than ever, says David Sheffield, Green Wood Coalition Executive Director, who believes we are “living in a defining moment — a once-in-a-generation opportunity — to address inequity and forge a better way forward.”
“We’ve created these film events to bring diverse voices and ideas together because this is how we will solve the difficult problems we face as a society and a community,” he says. “You bring your ideas and I bring mine. Together, solutions emerge, because your experience is different than my experience.”
Since the start of the pandemic, Green Wood has been on the frontlines, filling a critical void left when public facilities and services suddenly locked down. Its street-level outreach has faced unprecedented demand, focused on keeping people safe, sheltered and fed. It’s adapted its core programs, like community dinners, to continue to support those most in need.
Moving online to host Community 101 and IMAGINATE is just one more adaptation, says Sheffield, who is making the most of the circumstances by bringing in artists from across Canada and the globe. Musician Martyn Joseph will perform live from his studio in Cardiff, Wales, and Conviction film collaborators will join live from Eastern Canada. Two guests scheduled to headline IMAGINATE 2020, Juno-nominated singer Alysha Brilla and Canadian Senator and prisoner rights advocate Kim Pate, will also appear live online.
The films will be hosted by Kerri Kightley, Advisor at the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. The entire event is made possible by Northumberland United Way.
Registration is free and enables people to view each film anytime during the week of the event. The film Us & Them is currently available, with filmmaker Krista Loughton and musician Rick Fines live online Thursday, November 19. For full details and the ticket link, visit www.greenwoodcoalition.com.
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