“A Taste of TCIFF”
Tuesday, August 7th @ NFB Mediatheque (150 John St.)
6:30pm to 9:00pm (Screening begins at 7:15pm)
R.S.V.P. firstname.lastname@example.org (An invitation only event)
“A Taste of TCIFF” is a taste of our inaugural event coming this fall Oct. 27th & 28th:
TCIFF 2012 LOVE.MESSAGE.ACTION
Social Justice through film, faith & forum.
Presented by: Five With D.R.I.V.E. Foundation
Interested in attending? Interested in booth space?
Contact Jessica Theresa Ortiz @ email@example.com for more details.
Viewers discretion is advised.
In the summer of 2006, four friends from San Diego, California set out on a mission to expose the atrocities being done to the people of Burma, more specifically, the Karen people – one of the country’s largest ethnic groups. Burma has quietly been host to the world’s longest running civil war – waged between the country’s military dictatorship and detractors from the regime.
Burma is a closed country known for strong penalties including imprisonment for people found inside its borders without the proper documentation. However, they knew that in order to capture the story they needed, they would have to sneak across the border through Thailand. With backpacks filled with borrowed film equipment they set out without a clue of how they would break inside a countryside filled with landmines, Burmese soldiers, and wet season torrential weather. They didn’t know what they would find, or if anyone would listen to their story when they returned.
Also premiering TCIFF 2012 LOVE.MESSAGE.ACTION promo video.
David Schulz – Director of The Road [on the left]
(Schulz will be joining A Taste of TCIFF via internet video messaging)
If you look at the long and sad history of Burma, the dictatorships, the oppression, and violence and you combine it with geopolitical factors such as resource-hungry countries like China fueling the coffers of the military regime in exchange for goods, which reduce the impact of sanctions and the demands from democratic nations to end the oppression, it would be easy to give, to say “its never going to change”.
But we are dreamers.
We believe that a story can make a difference. We believe that change can happen, that voices can be heard and that the people of Burma, including the Karen people will one day be free. But it will take more than one story, and more than one voice to make a difference. Road of Resistance seeks to end the war, end the violence and bring peace to the region.
Emmanuel Jal – Recording artist & former war child
(Jal will be in attendance and will be releasing his new album ”See Me Mama” the same day of the event – August 7th, 2012.)
Emmanuel Jal has won worldwide acclaim for his unique style of hip hop with its message of peace and reconciliation born out of his experiences as a child soldier in Sudan. His music can be heard alongside Coldplay, Gorillaz, and Radiohead on the fundraising ‘Warchild – Help a Day in the Life’ album, as well as in three ER episodes, the National Geographic documentary God Grew Tired of Us, and more recently in the feature film Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He also featured on John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.’ Jal was born in war-torn Sudan. He was taken from his family home in 1987 when he was six or seven years old, and sent to fight with the rebel army in Sudan’s bloody civil war.
Master of Ceremonies:
Daniel currently lives and works with the Calgary Police Service as an operational patrol member. Dan feels as though policing has broadened his platform for social advocacy. He is committed to standing behind those that suffer from injustice and discrimination and to bring awareness to society on their behalf. Dan lives by the verse found in 1 John 3:18, where it says, ‘ Let us not love in word and talk, but in action and in truth.’ When you meet Dan you quickly realize how passionate he is in serving others and exemplifies being a servant leader. Dan founded The Five with D.R.I.V.E Foundation in 2007 with his brother Andrew. As the Executive Director, Dan overseas the international work that consists of school building and micro-finance development in rural areas through Kenya.
Panel “A Directors Response to Social Injustice”:
Paul Burford’s career as a Writer/Producer/Director spans 30 years in film and television. He has Produced 400 hours of network TV programming, 90 television commercials, and 200 corporate videos. He has created four variety series for television, among them “Just Like Mom”, an iconic family game show which was broadcast daily on CTV for 5 years. Burford’s film and TV work has been recognized with many international awards. In addition to Producing, Burford helped develop and launch the elite post-graduate program in Advanced Television & Film at Sheridan College in Oakville. He also teaches “Cinema & Christianity” at Tyndale University College.
Tim Clemens is a founding partner of the award winning Talon Productions based in Guelph Ontario. As the current managing director and president of Talon, Tim oversees the business development of the production company. His dedication to his work has placed Talon as a leader in aviation video/film production, with a developing passion for dramatic film and documentaries. Tim is eager and ready to take Talon to new frontiers in the video/film production business. Although Talon is a clear leader in aviation related films and documentaries, both Tim and co-owner Greg Pharoah have a strong passion for using their God given skills to produce faith-based film and video projects. Tim has brought production crews to Africa, India, and South America, all with the goal of creatively telling stories of how God is working throughout the world, caring for the widows and orphans, and drawing people onto Himself. Recently, Tim co-produced and directed two faith-based short films. “Pathetic” deals with addiction, and how it can affect and impact Christians within our churches. “Taken” looks at the effects of abortion from a father’s point of view, questioning who has the right to take a life.
Watch compelling film.
Engage in audience discussions.
Participate in Q&A’s & panels.
Check out exhibits & vendors.
Refreshments available after screenings.
Donations will graciously be accepted.
Thank you TCIFF supporters! We appreciate you taking part in being TCIFF’s love response to our current social injustices.