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

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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