Centretown Outdoor Film Festival

One World Arts at the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival

In case you didn’t already know, the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival has been presenting free movies on Friday nights in Dundonald Park. The delightful event will run until August 13; visit their website for special movie nights, directions, and a schedule of all movies to be played.
Tucked away in Centretown, the viewing experience is reminiscent of summer nights at a drive-in, something the people of Ottawa can no longer experience without travelling a fair distance. The show starts at 9pm, but arrive early to secure an ideal spot facing the white projection screen. Don’t forget to bring a chair or blanket!

Last Friday, Centretown screened “A Powerful Noise” in the lamp-lit park. The film follows three women as they overcome adversity, and foment change in their community. One World Arts, a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), presented the picture. The organisation collected donations for the upcoming One World Film Festival. If you didn’t make it out on Friday, One World Arts will hold another session at the ByTowne Cinema, on September 8. The One World Film Festival runs from October 13 to 16, and will be hosted at the Library and Archives Auditorium on Wellington.

While enjoying my time under the canopy of old trees, I spoke with the Program Manager for One World Arts. Pixie Cram described the organisation’s righteous mission. Their goal is to raise awareness of human rights abuse, social injustice, and destruction of the environment. The NGO has been uniting filmmakers, activists, and the public, since 1989. Using film as stimulation for reflection and discussion, the NGO hopes to educate the audience. As they state on their website, “It is our conviction that education through the arts is the most powerful and effective method of public engagement.”

Catch the Centretown Movies Outdoor Film Festival while you still can. It is great for friends, couples, and families alike. If you’re looking to support a good cause, be sure to visit One World Arts online for details on how to contribute and a listing of future events.

writer: Daniel

photographer: Nathan

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