‘Activist’ theme for 10th anniversary of fest in White Rock

This year’s White Rock Social Justice Film Festival is dedicated to Jack McLachlan, the man who helped launch the event 10 years ago.

The two-day festival will run from Feb. 28 to March 1 at First United Church in White Rock.

McLachlan, co-founder of White Rock Social Justice Film Society’s first festival in 2005, died on Christmas Day, not long after being diagnosed with cancer.

"Jack always hoped that our films would inform about the ‘evil that men do’ but, more importantly, that they would point to a way forward," members of the film society stated.

"The festival this year has the theme of ‘the activist’ – people who become activists and how it pans out, what we can expect when we try to change the world."

Six films will be shown during the 10th-anniversary version of the festival, starting on the evening of Friday, Feb. 28, with Joseph Ohayon’s Crossroads: Labour Pains of a New Worldview.

The films to be shown on Saturday, March 1 are Spoil (Trip Jennings’ exploration of the Great Bear Rainforest), Elemental, You Should Have Stayed Home (an examination of police tactics during the G20 conference in Toronto), Shift Change: True Stories of Dignified jobs in Democratic Workplaces and Searching for Sugar Man: The Greatest ’70s Rock Icon Who Never Was (about American musician Sixto Rodriguez and his activism in South Africa).

The society’s aim is "to raise awareness of social justice issues and inspire people to take action."

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