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network 22/05/2014 - 05:00PM

Atlantic Canada CP Book Launches

As the new Cinema Politica book, Screening Truth to Power: A Reader on Documentary Activism, continues to sell like hot cakes, we're organizing two exciting launches and screenings in Canada's Maritime provinces. CP co-founder and co-editor of the book (both with Svetla Turnin) Ezra Winton will be part of a Thursday, June 5th launch in Fredericton and a Thursday, June 12th launch in Halifax. Both events are going to be simply awesome.

At the Fredericton, New Brunswick launch Winton will be joined by local activists who have been fighting for reproductive rights in that province and to mark the occasion we are absolutely thrilled to announce the very special premiere screening of the documentary VESSEL. This outstanding film wowed audiences at this year's Hot Docs with its tales of renegade activist doctors sailing the high seas, offering legal and safe abortions in international waters, to women who live where the procedure is illegal. Part Activist 101 and part nail-biting drama, the film is also a very serious intervention in the reproductive rights discourse, offering a radical take-action approach to helping millions of women all over the word. It's an inspiring and incredible doc, and will undoubtedly be the perfect art piece to showcase at an event exploring the notion of "documentary actiivsm."

For more on the Fredericton book launch and screening of VESSEL, visit the CP event page, or the Facebook event page.

One week later, we'll be hosting a launch of the book in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At that event, Winton will be joined by local activist Sherry Pictou and filmmaker Martha Stiegman and we'll be screening Martha's provocative, thoughtful and important film HONOUR YOUR WORD. The film is an intimate portrait of life behind the barricades for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake, at once a portrait of a struggling community as well as a story of inspiring resistance and strength. HONOUR YOUR WORD was screened at Cinema Politica Concordia in Montreal a few months back to a standing-room only audience, who all stayed for the nearly one-hour discussion that followed (and included the film's protagonists, solidarity activists and the filmmaker). We are excited to once again have the opportunity to show this gem of a documentary, along with Martha, and this time a local activist. This event once again combines all the threads that come together to reveal that thing we like to call "documentary activism."

For more on the Halifax book launch and screening of HONOUR YOUR WORD, visit the Facebook event page.

See you on the coast!