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.
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