Creating change through the power of film

Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM and film screening on Feb. 26th.
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Reel Causes’ AGM with Global Solidarity

February 26, 2017

Want to know how you can make change with the power of film? Reel Causes’ annual general meeting will illuminate not only what we do, but also give you a chance to hear and see the true story of how a Kamloops resident turned his experience of voluntourism into a feature film and charity.

Learn about what Reel Causes and our community partners have accomplished over the past year and what our plans are for 2017. Following the AGM we will watch the film Gringos in the Garbage and have a post-film discussion with the Kamloops filmmaker, and see first-hand how he helped create change through the power of film. We’re thrilled to have Tracey Friesen, National Film Board Alum and Author of the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change moderate the Q&A.

The Film

Gringos in the Garbage

February 26, 2017,
Doors: 2:00 PM, AGM 2:30 PM, Show Time: 3:00 PM

Running time: 90 minutes

In the wake of the 1998 Hurricane Mitch, thousands of people were temporarily located to live on the margins of the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua in what is locally known as the ‘circle of death,’ living between the dump, a cemetery and a sewerage plant. More than two decades have passed and the community of ‘El Limonal’ remains at the dump, and intends to stay.

Warren FitzGerald and Kamloops resident Jess Rothenburger met in 2009 when Warren was researching his debut novel The Go-Away Bird in Rwanda, volunteering with a group led by Jess. Since then they have travelled the world together, always looking for a way to get a more authentic experience of what it means to live in a developing nation and to truly consult local people about what they want- if anything- from outside help.

Charitable projects have been set up in an effort to help improve the health care and education of people living there, but when Warren and Jess first volunteered here they realised in order to truly help the community they had to first find out what the people themselves thought they needed.

So they went to live and work with the locals, scavenging for recyclables in the garbage, and it was just the start of a journey of connections, joy, tears and illness that would lead them to question the very meaning of wealth and poverty. Not only would they learn about surviving from a dump, but also about the endurance of the human spirit and the preserving of dignity.

Gringos in the Garbage is the film they made about this experience, 25% of any profit from which goes directly to the community of El Limonal to help their own development.

Directed by Warren FitzGerald and Jess Rothenburger (IMDB) | Film IMDB | Official Site
Showing at:
Djavad Mowafaghian Theatre, SFU Woodward's
149 West Hastings

The Cause

Reel Causes and The Global Solidarity Group

Reel Causes Society pairs award winning, cutting edge independent films with community organizations and other non-profit, social justice organizations for events that engage, inspire and create positive change through cinema and dialogue. We begin 2017 with our annual general meeting and welcome new members to join us before the screening to learn more about our achievements in 2016, and our plans for the year ahead. Meet our newest board members and learn more about the organizations and the causes that we have supported over the years. Donations made at the AGM screening of Gringos in the Garbage will be donated to The Global Solidarity Group, the non-profit organization which was formed as a vehicle to direct money to the community (El Limonnal) featured in the film.

Following the AGM we’ll watch the film Gringos in the Garbage and have a post-film discussion with the Kamloops filmmaker, moderated by Tracey Friesen (Story Money Impact), and hear first-hand how he helped create change through the power of film.

Learn more. Visit http://www.globalsolidaritygroup.org/



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About Reel Causes

LogoReel Causes’ screening events are great social gatherings – with a twist! We feature award-winning independent films and highlight the work of film artists and Canadian organizations working to address social justice, environmental and health-related causes. Audience member catch films not available at commercial venues plus engage and connect with organizations making real change – locally and globally.

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Up Next:

  • International Women in Film Festival
    March 8-12, 2017

    Women in Film and Television Vancouver’s film festival is back for the 12th year in a row, starting on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Head to the festival for the films and stay for the parties, panel discussions, artist talks and more! Full program here: www.womeninfilm.ca.

  • KDocs
    Feb. 16-19, 2017

    KDocs, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s official documentary film festival is taking place Feb. 16-19, 2017. Working in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Centre + Vancity Theatre, KDocs showcases award-winning documentary films, keynote speakers, filmmakers, panelists, exhibitors, and community members.  Participants engage in lively discussion, debate, and dialogue as they investigate today’s most pressing global issues.

  • Reel Causes’ AGM
    Annual General Meeting, February 26, 2017

    Interested in learning more about Reel Causes, the incredible year we’ve had, and what’s in store for 2017?

    Please join us for our annual general meeting on Sunday February 26th, 2:30 PM, in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at SFU Woodward’s. The meeting will be roughly 20 minutes and followed by a screening and Vancouver premiere of the BC produced documentary film, Gringos in the Garbage. Film attendance is by donation ($5 to $10 suggested minimum donation.) Director in attendance for a Q&A after the film!

    If you are interested in learning more about joining the board of Reel Causes please have look at our “About” page and send us a cover letter and CV outlining your interests and expertise to info@reelcauses.org before Feb. 15th.

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