Courage – Film Screening and Discussion

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What: The Hart House Conscious Activism Documentary Series is pleased to present a special screening of the documentary film Courage, followed by a discussion with:

Geoff Bowie, director

Bebeth Assell, film participant

Estina Sebastian-Geetan, Workers’ Action Centre

Antonio Shelton, Director of Government Relations and Liaison to the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour

Julia Bennett, Moderator

Presented as part of DOC Toronto’s Community Connections screening series, generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Co-presented by DOC Toronto, the Hart House Film Board and The Hart House Social Justice Committee as part of the Conscious Activism Documentary series.

When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Hart House Debates Room

Cost: Free event. Light snacks will be served.

About the Film: Many Canadians have to work several jobs so they can make ends meet. Beyond a purely economic or political approach, Courage also delves into the social and psychological impact of the situation. For Izabel, Bebeth, Natasha, Benoit Grace and Jean the economic crisis is up close and personal. The come together to share their experience of financial vulnerability. The stories of these very different individuals from around southwestern Ontario, reveal the worry and isolation they feel. But they also tell of their perseverance and determination to succeed. By turns touching and full of hope, Courage is a participatory social-issue film that emphasizes the importance of mutual support, successfully debunks preconceptions about the poor, and condemns the growing income inequality that has led to the 99% Occupy Movement, the anti-austerity, anti-poverty, and fair tax movements, where now even Warren Buffett is calling for higher taxes on the wealthiest class. The film is being released by the NFB (National Film Board) to coincide with National Eradication of Poverty Month. Trailer


Director Geoff Bowie


Bebeth Assell, film participant





Julia Bennett, Moderator


Antonio Shelton, Director of Government Relations and Liaison to the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)


Estina Sebastian-Geetan, Workers' Action Centre

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Screening of the documentary film Courage by Geoff Bowie, followed by a discussion with the director, Bebeth, a subject of the film and others TBA. This is a special presentation as part of the Hart House Conscious Activism Documentary Series. … Continue reading