Social justice film fest features two LGBTQ movies

This year’s World Community Film Festival presented by CoDevelopment Canada will include two LGBTQ movies in its line-up.

A scene from the documentary Last Chance set to screen at the World Community Film FestivalThe Vancouver World Community Film Festival is British Columbia’s largest social justice film fest, now in its twelfth year.  With over 35 social justice and environmental documentaries that go to the heart of issues confronting communities around the world, the festival is designed to motivate audiences to action through awareness of issues both local and global.

Included in this year’s film line-up are two movies that will be of particular interest to the LGBTQ community:

Last Chance (2012)
Saturday, 16 February at 2:45pm

Last Chance travels the world to tell the stories of five asylum seekers who flee their native countries to escape homophobic violence. Here in Canada, they face hurdles integrating into society and fear deportation. As they anxiously await a decision in their refugee claims, they remain hopeful their adopted land will show mercy. The five men and women are not alone in their fight for freedom. Friends, lawyers and support groups mobilize to get their cases heard at a time when Canada’s tradition of openness is coming under threat. Last Chance gives voice to sexual minorities who refuse to deny their core identity. It brings to light the reality of people who boldly and bravely assert their differences against all odds.

Vito (2011)
Saturday, 16 February at 4:30pm

On June 27, 1969, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar called the Stonewall took a surprising turn when patrons decided it was time to fight back. Vito Russo, a 23-year-old film student, was among the crowd. Over the next twenty years until his death from AIDS in 1990, Vito would go on to become one of the most outspoken and inspiring activists in the LGBT community’s fight for equal rights. He was a pivotal figure in several well-known organizations including ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), a guerilla activist group that created highly telegenic acts of civil disobedience. Vito also wrote The Celluloid Closet which explored the ways in which gays and lesbians were portrayed on film, the lessons those characters taught gay and straight audiences and how those negative images were at the root of society’s homophobia.

World Community Film Festival
February 15 – 17, 2013
Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

Visit http://www.codev.org/film-festival/ for tickets and information.

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