South of the Border director Oliver Stone (left) with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez meet with the press.

Social Justice film festival to hit screen on Peninsula

The White Rock Social Justice Film Society’s annual film festival returns to First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. next week

The White Rock Social Justice Film Society’s annual film festival returns to First United Church, 15385 Semiahmoo Ave. next week with admission by donation at the door.

The Feb. 24-25 festival also adds to the screenings by presenting informed resource people to lead post-film discussion and offering options for viewers to learn more and help effect positive change.

Oliver Stone’s South of the Border (Friday, 7 p.m.) explores the political revolution in South America, and post-film discussion will feature Venezuelan Consul General Merli Vanegas.

Director Richard Boyce will be on hand to discuss his film Rainforest: The Limit of Splendour (Saturday, 10 a.m.), which traces the profit-motivated destruction of our own natural resource.

In Myths For Profit (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.), director Amy Miller challenges the long-held perception of Canada as a peacekeeper and ‘global good guy’, with discussion by Prof. Peter Prontzos of Langara College.

Prontzos will also lead discussion on Blood and Oil (Saturday, 2 p.m.), Michael T. Klare’s film on how the U.S. dependence on oil shapes its foreign policy.

John Gibeau of the Honey Centre will give up-to-the-minute information to add to Taggart Siegel’s Queen of the Sun (Saturday, 3:45 p.m.), which documents the ongoing demise of bee populations and the critical danger this poses to human existence.

Ending the festival on an upbeat, musical note will be Mary Wharton’s film Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, which captures current and historic film of performances by the famed folk singer and activist.