Human Securities Film Festival

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, the concept of human security has taken on new meaning and relevance as people around the world struggle to make sense of the global situation. On the domestic front there are a number of events and trends that provoke public concern about human security, including new findings about health risks, water safety (as seen with Walkerton, Ontario), job loss, exposure to Genetically Modified Organisms, amongst many others. Rather than limit ourselves to military issues, this film festival looks at a broader scope of human security issues. As the United Nations Development Program states: "Human security is not a concern with weapons-it is a concern with human life and dignity."

From June 6th to June 19th, 2002, ACIC took twelve films around the Atlantic Provinces as part of a National Initiative called International Cooperation and Global Human Security. In an effort to extend this film festival to other communities and new audiences, ACIC is pleased to make these films available to organizations and individuals wishing to organize public screenings. Due to distribution agreements, these screenings must be free of charge (although donations may be made to the organizers to help defray the costs of renting a projector and/or venue). For more information on borrowing these films, please contact ACIC at (902) 431-2311.

Aftermath, The Remnants of War: (NFB) 2001, Directed by Daniel Sekulich

War has a dirty secret: it never really ends. Aftermath weaves archival images and personal stories into a powerful portrait of lingering devastation. The poignant stories convey a sobering message as we face the realization that war doesn't end when the fighting stops. 73min. 37 sec.

Balablok (NFB) 1972, Directed by Bretislav Pojar

Here is an animated replay of the human comedy as amusing in its perception as in the way it caricatures humanity's propensity to resort to violence rather than to reason. 7 min. 27 sec.

Between the Earth and the Sun (MaxMedia Ltd., CIDA-funded) 2002, Directed by Kevin Matthews

Landmines are the pollution of war. In northern Nicaragua, they are part of daily life. Worldwide thousands who are killed annually, many more are disabled and face an uncertain existence. Falls Brook Centre, based in Knowlesville, New Brunswick is helping to solve this problem: bringing to landmine survivors rehabilitation and employment as solar energy technicians. Between the Earth and the Sun shows how simple, appropriate technologies can bring prosperity while helping to heal the wounds of war. 30 min. 30 sec.

The Big Snit (NFB) 1985, Directed by Richard Condie

This wonderfully wacky animation is a look at two simultaneous conflicts, the macrocosm of global nuclear war and the microcosm of a domestic quarrel, and how each conflict is resolved. Presented with warmth and unexpectedly off-the-wall humor, the film is open to a multitude of interpretations. 10 min. 

Dangerous Art (CUSO) 2001, Directed by Sean Kelly.

A deadly civil war ended in the African nation of Mozambique in 1992, but thousands of guns, grenades and landmines remain, a continuing threat to the hard-won peace. So a group of artists came up with a better use for the weapons – they are turning them into sculptures. 6 min. 50 sec.

The Genetic Takeover (NFB) 1999, Directed by Karl Parent and Louise Vandelac.

In just a few short years, genetically modified (GM) plants have become part of our daily diet and are already found in 75% of processed foods. This revolution has occurred without consumer awareness and without the knowledge of potential risks to our health and to the environment. Many scientists and farmers vigorously condemn the absence of independent, adequate testing. The Genetic Takeover casts a sober look at a potentially explosive situation. In response to consumer demands, many European and Asian countries have instituted mandatory labelling of GM foods. North America, however, has been slow to react. In their relentless fight for profits, the industrial giants seem willing to ignore basic safety rules. 52 min. 14 sec.

The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm (Free-Will Productions) 2001, Directed by Audrey Brohy & Gerard Ungerman

A two-year investigation, Hidden Wars of Desert Storm is backed by interviews of such prominent personalities as General Norman Schwarzkopf, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former UN Iraq Program Director Denis Halliday, and former UNSCOM team-leader Scott Ritter. Archival footage, images recently brought back from Iraq, an original soundtrack scored by acclaimed composer Fritz Heede and the narration by two-time British Academy Award-winner, actor John Hurt, all contribute to making "Hidden Wars" a fast-paced, informative documentary. Grand-Prize winner at the 2000 Cine Eco International Film Festival in Seia, Portugal. 64 min.

Muriel Duckworth Practising Peace (Vision TV and CBC) 1999, Directed by Patricia Kipping

At 90 years old, Muriel Duckworth is still on the street protesting NATO bombings and armed interventions. Her commitment to peace and social justice has spanned most of a century and her actions have helped shape the sensibilities of generations of Canadians. This loving documentary explores the personal Muriel and the relationships and beliefs that fuel her fierce attachment to life and to the well-being of humanity. 46 min

Neighbours (NFB) 1952, Directed by Norman McLaren.

This classic animation by Norman McLaren is a plea for non-violence and sharing, which nonetheless does not shrink from depicting the violent consequences of unresolved conflict and greed. 8 min.

Something in the Air (NFB) 2001, Directed by Sylvie Dauphinais.

Prince Edward Island--a rural paradise and a safe haven from the city. But is this image really a mirage? Many of the children on the Island can't catch their breath. PEI has the highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in Canada, and many affected never leave home without an inhaler. Hanging over the farmers' fields, reaching into every town, is an invisible cloud of extremely dangerous poisons. The last twenty years has seen a 700% increase in the use of these toxins to kill insects that might endanger the potato harvest and the Island's economy. Filmmaker Sylvie Dauphinais discovered that living in paradise comes at a heavy cost: the health of her son. 25 min.

Two-Way Street (Envision Productions Ltd) 1999, Directed by Chuck Lapp

Two-Way Street examines the work of development activist, Juan Tellez. In the 1970’s, he worked with indigenous movements that created social upheaval in Bolivia and produced strong local development laws. Juan is now using his Bolivan experience to assist communities in Nova Scotia which are suffering from crises in the fishing, farming, coal mining, and other resource industries, bringing an alternative approach: community-based development which allows the community to control its own resources. 50 min.

Where Women Are Banned 2001 Directed by Tassia Kobylinska.

Three women from Afghanistan tell their haunting stories. Stories show clearly that for these women, there was no option but to flee and seek refuge in another country. In the UK the British media do not welcome asylum seekers with open arms, the words 'bogus' and 'fake' often precede the word refugee. The women in this film unveil a chilling and dark tale, after which nobody could question the validity of their plight. 16 min.