Amnesty International Toronto Presents the 7th Annual Reel Awareness Film Festival
Taking place at the Carlton Cinema from November 15 to 18, the festival features inspiring and heartbreaking stories that promise to enrich our understanding and awareness of the world around us.
The festival kicks off with A Whisper to a Roar - a feature-length documentary focusing on the compelling personal stories of democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe, as they struggle against oppressive regimes to bring freedom to their people. Shot over the span of three years, the film is a deeply affecting and inspiring portrait of the struggle for justice.. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ben Moses
The highlight of the festival is You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo - a compelling documentary based on recently declassified security footage of Omar Khadr’s interrogation at Guantánamo Bay. Screening on Friday, November 16, the film offers a disturbing inside look at Khadr’s imprisonment and analyzes the political and legal implications of the polarizing case.
Saturday and Sunday’s programs each feature four hard-hitting documentaries that examine human rights issues in Israel, Palestine, Mexico, Egypt, and Canada and focus on topics ranging from corporate responsibility and torture to women and Aboriginal rights.
Many of the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers, community activists, and human rights experts. Amnesty International will also be on-hand to provide further information about the issues raised by the films, as well as to provide opportunities to take action on these issues.
“This is an outstanding lineup of films that address major global issues and show deeply compelling personal struggles against difficult odds,” said Elena Dumitru, organizer of the festival. “We hope the Reel Awareness Film Festival can help spark constructive discussion on global human rights issues and inspire Torontonians to take an interest in such issues.”
The opening reception of the festival will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 15, prior to the first screening at 7:30 pm.
Film details and the festival schedule can be found here.
WHEN: Thursday November 15- Sunday November 19, 2012
WHERE: Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street
WHAT: Amnesty International Toronto celebrates its 7th annual Reel Awareness Film Festival with four days of some of the best human rights documentary and feature films shown around the world. The 2012 program features compelling films, guest speakers, panel discussions, the opportunity to take action on a variety of human rights issues.
COST: Pay-what-you-can at the door (suggested donation $5).
Tickets are available for $15.00 for the Opening Night reception and screening of the film A Whisper to a Roar.
For more info on the festival, to purchase tickets for the opening night reception, films and schedule please call 416 363 9933 ext 333 or check athttp://www.aito.ca/reelawareness.