Justice Forum

The intent of the Justice Forum is to facilitate active and critical engagement, create space for dialogue, and sow the seeds for social change. Each Justice Forum film is paired with a panel of speakers including filmmakers, experts in the field, academics, and community activists.

The 2017 Justice Forum films encompass a broad range of social justice issues including workers’ rights, environmental activism, new journalism, and the ongoing battle for human dignity and freedom. Each of these films contends actively with complex, sometimes seemingly intractable problems, but more importantly they offer up radical ideas for change and progress, and ultimately, hope for the future.

Conor McNally | 
Canada |
 2017 | 
40 minutes

Drawing on the tradition of oral storytelling, ôtênaw is a philosophical and creative treatment of land rights, territory, history and culture. As Dr. Dwayne Donald leads a walking tour of amiskwaciwâskahikan (now the city of Edmonton), talking about the history of the land and the people who lived there, the layers of human habitation slowly reveal themselves.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell | 
Canada |
 1969 | 
36 minutes

On December 18, 1968, members of the Akwesasne Mohawk community blockaded the international bridge near Cornwall, Ontario. The intent was to bring public attention to treaty violations by the Canadian government. A young Mohawk chief named Mike Mitchell narrates throughout, explaining that things got off to a rocky start when no one remembered to bring scotch tape to post notices of the blockade.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:45pm
Ovidie | 
France |
 2017 | 
77 minutes

The dirtiest thing in director Ovidie’s investigation of the global porn business is not the sex, but the money. The numbers are staggering. Much of the profit generated by "tube sites" comes from the poverty-level wages paid to an amateur workforce.

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cyrus Sutton | 
US |
 2016 | 
61 minutes

Like the beautiful Hawaiian archipelago where the film is set, Cyrus Sutton’s Island Earth is a complex mix; at once hopeful and celebratory, but interwoven with notes of hardship and despair. The film examines how former plantation fields are now used for open air field- testing of restricted-use pesticides.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
Santiago Bertolino | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
96 minutes

From Egypt’s post-Arab Spring elections to Israel’s “Apartheid Road” to Turkey’s sprawling Syrian refugee camps, journalist Jesse Rosen- feld moves swiftly between countries and areas of conflict as stories surface. Freelancer on the Front Lines reveals how the news is made and disseminated. More than just informing his readers of disturbing events, Rosenfeld hopes to evoke real change through his writing.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
Christian Tod  | 
Austria / Germany |
 2017 | 
96 minutes

Imagine receiving a cheque every month that would cover your essential needs. How would you spend your time? What would you do with the extra cash? Unconditional basic income, guaranteed annual income, and negative income tax are just a few of the names for the social security program that has been gaining momentum around the world.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 3:00pm
Yan Chun Su | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
79 minutes

Yan Chun Su observes the last of Tibet’s drokpa (nomads) as they lead herds of yak and sheep over hilly grasslands. No longer limitless, the drokpa move across the section of pasture randomly allotted to them by the Chinese government. The film captures the last years of an agentive people caught inside a political and ecological landscape beyond their control.

Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 12:30pm
Heather White and Lynn Zhang | 
US/China |
 2016 | 
88 minutes

While people in the West use smartphones to live healthier, happier lives, the construction of such devices has horrific health effects on the people who actually make them. Complicit shines a light on the dark irony of the global electronic manufacturing industry in China, where 90% of the world’s consumer electronics are produced, including 70% of its cell phones.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6:00pm
Jérôme le Maire | 
Belgium / France / Switzerland |
 2016 | 
85 minutes

For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit at one of Paris’ biggest hospitals. The result is gripping and infuriating, tragic and ridiculous. It’s like ER meets The Office, as directed by D. A. Pennebaker.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Mohamed Jabaly | 
Norway |
 2016 | 
78 minutes

Without preamble, Ambulance opens on a community in panic. A bomb has just fallen, turning the home of filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly’s neighbour into a pile of rubble. So begins a close-up view of war that barely gives us time to catch our breath, let alone consider the broader context.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 5:00pm