Marda Loop Justice Film Festival

November 16, 2012 - 7:00am to November 18, 2012 - 7:00am
November 14, 2012 - 7:00am
  • November 14 - Festival Preview (Stephen Leacock Theatre, Mount Royal University)
  • November 16-18 Festival with NGO Village (River Park Church Auditorium, 3818 14A Street SW)

2012 Festival Schedule



Friday, Nov 16 7:00 pm

War in the Mind (2011) Director Judy Jackson

It's called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the unending echo of battle etched in the brain may affect up to 15% of soldiers by some estimates. All the soldiers who bravely speak out in this film are doing so because they want us to understand what they endure. This film discovers that with effective treatment suicide can be prevented.  A UBC program run by two UBC psychologists, Marvin Westwood and David Kuhl helps soldiers undo the wiring that military training has implanted in their brains, and learn to live again. 64 min.

Conversation Leader Marvin Westwood, PhD is a Professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia.  


Friday, Nov 16 9:00 pm

SPOIL – The Fight to Save the Great Bear Rainforest (2011) Director Trip Jennings

The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) carried out a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, focusing energy and cameras on this pristine region in response to plans by Enbridge Inc.  to build a pipeline for heavy crude oil from the Alberta tar sands across British Columbia to the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. 44 min.

Conversation Leader Nathan Vanderklippe is a business reporter for the Globe and Mail.


Saturday, Nov 17  12:30 pm

The Iman and Pastor (2006) Director Alan Channer

At a time when many in the world are wondering whether friendly relations are possible between those of Muslim and Christian background, the Nigerian protagonists of this film emphatically assert that they are. The film tells how they made this remarkable transition. A moving story of forgiveness and a case-study of a successful grass-roots initiative to rebuild communities torn apart by conflict.  39 min.

An African Answer  (2011) Director Alan Channer

More than one thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes, following disputed elections in Kenya at the end of 2007. The film depicts the dynamics of an effective, African approach to conflict resolution between rival ethnic groups. It demonstrates that durable, peaceful coexistence between communities formerly in conflict is feasible. Above all, the film gives hope that grassroots communities can reject violence and rebuild peace and prosperity. 38 min

Conversation Leader Janyce Konkin is the Regional Project Manager for Initiatives of Change Canada, an international peace network.  Conversation Leader Imam Syed Sohawardy is the founder of “Muslims Against Terrorism”. Conversation Leader Dennis Hansen, a Pastor at the Rockpointe Church was a missionary in Muslim countries for many years.  


Saturday, Nov 17  2:30 pm

The HealthCare Movie (2009) Directed by Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg

The story of how the health care systems in Canada and the United States evolved to be so completely different, when at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada.   65 min

Conversation Leader Gillian Steward is a Calgary author and journalist. She co-authored with Kevin Taft “Clear Answers: The Economics and Politics of For-Profit Medicine”.


Saturday, Nov 17  4:00 pm

Sarabah (2011) Directed by Maria Luisa Gambale and Gloria Bremer

Rapper, singer and activist, Sister Fa is hero to young women in Senegal and an unstoppable force for social change. A childhood victim of female genital cutting (FGC), she decided to tackle the issue by starting a grassroots campaign, “Education Without Excision,” which uses her music and persuasive powers to end the practice.   60 min

Conversation Leader Susan Jacoby, is an Assistant Professor of Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary.  


Saturday, Nov 17  5:45 pm

The Harvest (2010) Director U. Roberto Romano

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat.  Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.  The film profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest. 80 min

Conversation Leader Devin Yeager is a National Representative at UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers).


Saturday, Nov 17  7:30 pm

Bonsai People (2010) Director Holly Mosher

As the founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus pioneered microcredit, the innovative banking program that provides poor people – mainly women – with small loans they use to launch businesses and lift their families out of poverty.  Bonsai People also shows how Yunus – in partnership with some of the world’s most visionary businesses – is launching purposely designed social ventures – a completely new way to use the creative vibrancy of business to tackle social problems from poverty and pollution to inadequate health care and lack of education. 79 min

Conversation Leader Mark Durieux is an applied sociologist and co-author (along with Bob Stebbins) of Social Entrepreneurship for Dummies. Conversation Leader Roland Vanderburg has 22 years of experience with microfinance projects and is the International Program Director for CAUSE Canada


Sunday, Nov 18  1:00 pm

Waking the Green Tiger (2011) Director Gary Marcuse

Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary campaign to stop a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China, and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also examines Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new environmental law is passed and for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. 78 min

Conversation Leader Jajia Li is a PhD candidate, in Environmental Science, at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, at the University of Windsor. She is assessing and modeling the mercury kinetics in the food web of Three Gorges reservoir on the Yangtze River.


Sunday, Nov 18  3:00 pm

And This is My Garden (2010) Director Katharina Stieffenhofer

In the small town of Wabowden, Northern Manitoba, two school teachers, Eleanor Woitowicz and Bonnie Monias, are empowering their students with the knowledge, discipline and skills to grow their own food sustainably in backyard gardens.  The film follows the teachers and their students for a season of planting, harvesting, preserving, and ultimately celebrating the fruits of their labour at the Mel Johnson School annual harvest display and community feast. 58 min

Conversation Leader Elaine Rude is passionate about exposing children to the wonders of the natural world through growing food and flowers organically.


Sunday, Nov 18  4:30 pm

100,000 (2010) Director Juan Agustin Marquez

"100,000" is an Emmy winning documentary about the overpopulation of stray dogs in Puerto Rico and about how to solve the problem. "100,000" aired on television in Puerto Rico and 13 other Latin American countries as part of the Doc TV IB 2 initiative.  55 min

Conversation Leader Nancy Larsen is the President and a Co-Founder of the Alberta Spay Neuter Task Force providing safe communities for both the people living in First Nations and their companion animals.


Sunday, Nov 18  6:00 pm

The Fourth World (2011) Director Mark Volkers

The Fourth World takes you inside slums on three continents to meet individuals caught up in the largest people migration in the history of the world. Understanding 'a billion people' is almost impossible, but meeting a handful of slum dwellers strips away the statistic and begins the process of building understanding. Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines to meet slum dwellers.           54 min

Conversation Leader Jay Baydala is the founder and Executive Director of UEnd:Poverty an online charity that helps people refocus a portion of North America's gift spending towards poverty ending.  Conversation Leader Francia Bonto was a Social Worker with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Region V, Philippines.


Sunday, No​v 18  7:30 pm

Payback (2012) Director Jennifer Baichwal

Payback offers a fascinating look at debt: how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and even the fate of the planet. The film explores the link between debtor and creditor in a variety of contexts and situations—a years-long blood feud between two Albanian families; the BP oil spill; tomato farm workers in Florida and their bosses; media mogul Conrad Black and the US justice system—while addressing debt in all its forms: societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal and, of course, economic.  86 min

Conversation Leader Paul Gomes is the volunteer executive director and a board member of the Fig Tree Charitable Foundation.  Paul is also a director of Oikocredit Canada West.


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3818 14A Street SW
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