Cinema Politica Charlottetown has been in operation in this incarnation since shortly before our first screening in March, 2011.
Our collective is made up of representatives from various Island groups such as the Cooper Institute, Sierra Club of PEI, This Town is Small, and University of Prince Edward Island faculty, staff, and students. Various other organizations have assisted us with hosting screenings, attending film events, and supporting our local chapter.
Our community has grown and diversified as our screenings have progressed this year. Our members have included UPEI students, professors, and staff, visitors to the Island, local artists, musicians, activists, Katimavik, engaged community members, curious cinephiles, and folks of all stripes.
We would also like to thank the University of Prince Edward Island and the Alibi Lounge for providing our nomadic band with homes to screen our docs and discuss great ideas.
"In my opinion our role is to select films to offer critical reflection
and commentary within our community and to create opportunities for
dialogue; selecting films that deepen analysis, discourse, and hopefully
inform action on local concerns but also that connect our experiences
here to broader global analyses. In keeping with that, [practice] is also
important for us to keep in mind, creating opportunities for people to
connect with local organizations that share those concerns and are
working to address change. Therefore, I see us as 'community
animators' on social justice issues." - eloquently put by Colleen MacQuarrie
photo credit: www.beckaviau.com