Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Anti-Racism Film Festival - A Timely Event

Recent hate speech targeting Syrians and Muslims, as well as Prime Minister Trudeau, written on the walls of a local high school and at a transit station here in Calgary drive home the importance of the city's upcoming Anti-Racism Film Festival.

It is this atmosphere of wariness applied by many to refugees and to those who support them, up to and including PM Justin Trudeau, that brings with it the potential for moral decline here in Canada. I see the United States as in decline in terms of its moral base, a base that once guided the world. Canada and it’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, has replaced the American Bill of Rights as the constitutional document most emulated by other nations around the globe. The ugly nature of politics within the country since Obama’s election to the office of President and now as it comes to its end in the wake of the seemingly implausible Donald Trump run for the Presidency, has also revealed that racism and prejudice is an issue far from being settled.

I recently came across an interesting web video that touches upon these very ideals. Its contrasting of visuals with audio taken from the Media is powerful indeed. Short bursts of importance and passion like this one make us look forward to the Film Festival on March 21st at the John Dutton Theatre.

Calgary's William Hanson High School February 22, 2016

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