The Nobel Women’s Initiative invites you to join us for the Ottawa premiere of Defensora! The documentary will play on Monday, April 7 at 8 pm at the ByTowne Cinema, 325 Rideau Street. All seats are $12 and proceeds of the event will go towards the 2014 One World Film Festival, a project of One World Arts. Please note that ByTowne only accepts cash payment.
The new film by Canadian filmmaker Rachel Schmidt, follows the brave and heartfelt struggle of a Guatemalan Mayan community who take the unprecedented step of seeking justice in the Canadian court system for alleged abuses on the part of a Canadian mining company that include murder, rape and forced evictions. It is the poignant story of people defending their land and way of life – in hope that Canadian courts do not suffer the same corruption that withholds justice in the courts of Guatemala.
A short film, Women Crossing the Line: Defensoras in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, will also be screened. A panel discussion following the films will include: filmmaker Rachel Schmidt, actress and activist Tantoo Cardinal, Rachel Ward of KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and Cory Wanless of Klippensteins, Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto.
For full details about the screening and ticket information, please contact the ByTowne Cinema at 613.789.4600. Find directions to theatre location, here.
Come to a screening of the film and call on the Canadian Government to hold Canadian companies accountable Visit the film’s website to find out how!