Film festival well supported

HOW (Hearts of Women) is a group of local Red Deer ladies with the following mission statement: “To provide assistance locally and abroad to those in need by supporting sustainable community development projects.”

HOW (Hearts of Women) is a group of local Red Deer ladies with the following mission statement: “To provide assistance locally and abroad to those in need by supporting sustainable community development projects.”

Recently, an opportunity arose for HOW to undertake a new project that fit well with our mission statement. We organized and realized the Red Deer Justice Film Festival, held Jan. 22 and 23 at the Matchbox Theatre.

We had excellent support from the very start with local sponsors pitching in, as well as input from the organizers of the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival of Calgary. HOW would like to thank the sponsors, the conversation leaders, our master of ceremonies and all those who helped make this year’s festival happen.

Also, a warm thank you goes out to the NGOs who participated and any others who assisted us to make the film festival such a success. We could not have done it without the quality of expertise offered.

HOW members were also very pleased with the viewer turnout this year. The quality documentaries offered were meant to foster awareness and understanding of global and local justice concerns. After each film, a short discussion and question and answer period led by qualified moderators was held to stimulate conversation.

Admission to this festival is free but we appreciated all donations, which will go towards expenses for next year’s film festival. HOW is very proud to have had the opportunity to organize and sponsor this year’s event and looks forward to the 2012 Red Deer Justice Film Festival in mid-January. Please join us next year as we “see hope in action.”

For further information, please check out the following:

l Heartsofwomen@gmail.com

l Google — Red Deer Justice Film Festival for film trailers, conversation leader’s biographies, as well as dates for next year’s festival.

Alma Funk and Deb Weidenhamer

for HOW Red Deer