Film fest highlights religious people and social activism

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  • October 8, 2009
{mosimage}TORONTO - The spirituality of making the world a better place gets a close look at the Conscious Activism Doc Fest.

The documentary film festival at the University of Toronto’s Hart House will present four movies that examine how religious people take on social and political issues.

Oct. 15 the festival opens with Fierce Light: Where Spirit Meets Action featuring religiously motivated activists from South Africa’s Bishop Desmond Tutu to Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh screening in the Hart House library at 6:30 p.m.

How spirituality and activism line up will be the subject of a conversation between Fierce Light director Velcrow Ripper and Noah Livine in the Hart House Great Hall at noon, Oct. 16. Ripper will lead a workshop on activism that same day, Oct. 16, in Hart House’s east common room from 2-4 p.m.

Hurricane Katrina and the divide between rich and poor in America are the subject of The Axe In The Attic screening in the Hart House Library Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.

The story of a former child soldier from Sudan who has become a rapper dedicated to peace in Toronto is the subject of War Child, screening in the Hart House library Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Screenings, talks and seminars are all free. Check www.harthouse.ca or call (416) 978-2452.

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