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OTTAWA — World Inter-Action Mondiale (WIAM) is pleased to announce the line up for the 19th annual One World Film Festival. This year’s festival will feature films from far away places while also reviewing issues that affect Canadians. The One World Film Festival will be delivered over four evenings and one afternoon from October 29 to November 1, 2008. Each night of the festival will offer participants a chance to explore and review issues faced by the global community both at home and abroad.

Festival highlights include the Ottawa premiere of the highly acclaimed film Under Rich Earth, which will open the festival on October 29th at 6:00pm at the Library and Archives Canada. Screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Under Rich Earth presents a startling exposé of a Canadian company, Ascendant Copper, and their suspect dealings in Ecuador. Filmmaker Malcolm Rogge will be on hand at the screening to speak about his film and his experience making it.

Journalist Kevin Frazier will also be present at the festival to speak about his participation in the controversial Finnish film, Shadow of the Holy Book. Presented in participation with the Embassy of Finland, the film exposes the immorality of international companies doing business with the dictatorship of Turkmenistan. What is revealed is a horrific tale of human rights atrocities that are all committed in the name of corporate profit and greed. A reception hosted by the Embassy of Finland will follow the film screening on Saturday November 1st from 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Finally, one of the real jewels of this year’s festival includes the presentation of Dilip Mehta’s wonderfully crafted documentary The Forgotten Woman. Inspired while working as a photographer on Deepa Mehta’s Oscar nominated film Water, The Forgotten Woman reveals a desperate portrait of over 40 million widows living in India today. This film will close the festival and will screen on Saturday November 1st at 8:30pm at the Library and Archives Canada.

This year’s One World Film Festival will be held at the Library and Archives Canada at 395 Wellington St. and will run from October 29th to November 1st, 2008.

For more information about WIAM and the One World Film Festival, please contact Jolynn Sommervill or Sonya Poweska at 613-238-4659, or visit our website at

Jolynn Sommervill, Director, World Inter-Action Mondiale

Sonya Poweska
Associate Programmer and Coordinator
World Inter-Action Mondiale


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