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Fifth annual Justice Film Festival coming to the Empress

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A weekend of stimulating films and compelling discussion during the fifth annual Justice Film Festival at Fort Macleod’s Empress Theatre on March 23-24.

In cooperation with Marda Loop Justice Film Festival in Calgary, the Fort Macleod festival will feature six documentaries, followed by discussions led by community members who have interest or academic knowledge of each subject. The documentaries highlight issues important to Canadians, global citizens, and humans. 
“The Justice Film Festival offers a platform for issues that should be considered and hopefully motivate change,” explains Denise Calderwood, who heads up the committee for the Fort Macleod festival. “At our previous festivals, we’ve shown films about human trafficking, PTSD, food waste, climate change and how it will affect us, organ harvesting from live donors in China, community efforts to enliven a dying neighbourhood, and long-term efforts at environmental protection.”
This year’s festival lineup:
American Psychosis 7 p.m., Friday, March 23: Modern day consumerism, totalitarian corporate power and a culture dominated by pervasive illusion.
To the Ends of the Earth 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 23: The rise of extreme energy extraction in Canada and its impact on environment, economy and local communities. 
A Plastic Ocean 1 p.m., Saturday, March 24: This documentary shows how plastics in the ocean break up into small particulates and enter the food chain where they attract toxins, which are eventually consumed by humans.
The Road Forward 3 p.m., Saturday, March 24: A musical documentary by Marie Clements that connects the beginning of Indian nationalism in the 1930s with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.
Dresden Refuge 5 p.m., Saturday, March 24: Germany was the only European country that exercised an open-door policy for refugees fleeing war-torn countries in 2015. The country received one million people in one year.
A Better Man 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24: A fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelations that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse. There is no charge for any of the films shown at the Fort Macleod Justice Film Festival; however, donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please call 403-553-4404 (toll-free at 1-800-540-9229), or stop by the Box Office on Main Street. 

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