Ottawa's One World Film Festival Announces Line-up

Hot Docs champ Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World screens OWFF
Ottawa’s One World Film Festival offers a slew of docs n’ stuff to engage audiences in the 613 just in time for the election. The film fest, which runs Sept. 24-27, includes a spread of short, mid, and feature-length documentaries that tackle a variety of topical subjects from Canada and around the world. OWFF kicks off its festivities with a programming preview on September 10th with the Ottawa premiere of the Canadian doc Chameleon at The ByTowne.

The festival run features a few notable Ottawa premieres, including the screening of Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World by Charles Wilkinson (Oil Sands Karaoke), which comes to Ottawa after winning the prize for Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs this year. (Check back after TIFF for a review of that one.) The fest also includes the Danish Hot Docs hit Democrats and the eco doc Landfill Harmonic, which won the Audience Award at SXSW. The shorts front includes My Enemy, My Brother, which’ll also hit up the Ottawa International Film Festival in October, and a selection curated by festival/re-blog site Ottawa Indie Fest. Overall, the diverse program features a mix of green issues, human rights sagas, and stories from both LGBTQ and First Nations communities.

New changes to OWFF include a ‘Pay-what-you-can’ admission and a change in venue to the National Gallery and St. Paul University. The latter place hosts an OWFF panel “Actions Speak Louder than Words,” which asks how audiences can put the lessons of these films into practice.

The films playing at this year’s One World Film Festival are:

My Enemy, My Brother
Directed by Ann Shin | Canada | 2015 | 15 min
A chance encounter during the Iran-Iraq War forges a lasting bond between two enemy soldiers that transcends national borders.

Directed by Camilla Neilsson | Denmark | 2014 | 109 min
What happens when a ruler and a political party that are accustomed to staying in power are forced to share it? Follow the representatives of Zimbabwe's ruling and opposition parties as they attempt to forge a new constitution in a politically-divided nation where human rights are not always respected and many people are afraid to speak their minds.

The Year We Thought About Love
Directed by Ellen Brodsky | United States | 2014 | 68 min
With wit, grace, and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ teens transforms their personal struggles into theatre for social change. Ellen Brodksy's documentary is an inspiring portrait of youth demonstrating the power of living a life honestly and out loud.

Landfill Harmonic
Directed by Graham Townsley, Brad Allgood, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus | United States | 2014 | 85 min
Under the guidance of their music director Favio Chavez,  the young musicians of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura journey from a small community located next to a landfill in Asuncion, Paraguay to the world stage.  As they learn to make beautiful music with classical instruments fashioned out of garbage, they bring hope to their families, community and audiences worldwide.
-Audience Award winner, SXSW 2015

Honour Your Word
Directed by Martha Stiegman | Canada | 2013 | 59 min
Indigenous activists in Canada are raising awareness and forging alliances with communities across Canada and around the world and demanding respect for indigenous rights. Martha Stiegman's documentary takes us behind the barricades of Barriere Lake, where an inspiring Algonquin First Nation is working to make sure that governments honour their word.

After the Last River
Directed by Victoria Lean | Canada | 2015 | 88 min
Downstream from a De Beers diamond mine, Attawapiskat is a community grappling with urgent environmental and economic issues that are compounded by a lack of access to resource revenues. Filmed over 5 years, After the Last River is a point-of-view documentary that follows Attawapiskat’s journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight during the protests of Idle No More.

Haida Gwaii On the Edge of the World
Directed by Charles Wilkinson | Canada | 2015 | 74 min
In this irreverent, intimate, funny, beautiful, occasionally troubling but always intriguing story of Canada’s world-renowned archipelago - Haida Gwaii - a First Nations community and their non-native neighbours are winning key victories in the campaign to combat the urgent global threats facing us all.
-Winner: Best Canadian Feature, Hot Docs 2015

The One World Film Festival runs Sept. 24-27.
Please visit www.oneworldfilmfestival.ca for more information on this year’s festival.