StFX Extension Department and Enterprise Development Centre sponsor three films in the 2013 Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF)

End of Immigration? Saturday, October 19 2:15 to 3:05 @ Town Council Chambers

The End of Immigration? – 52 min – 2012 Filmmakers: Marie Boti & Malcolm Guy

In Canada, when we think of temporary workers, the image that comes to mind are the seasonal agricultural workers who have been working in our fields for the past 40 years, or the live-in nannies and maids from the Philippines. But these days, temporary foreign workers are found in all sectors: fast food employees, service stations attendants, city bus drivers. Canada appears to be taking its cue from places like Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, where there are citizens with full rights, and “rent-a-workers” with few or none. Is this the kind of society we want to build?

Shift Change Saturday, October 19 4:45 to 5:55 @ Town Library

Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work – 70 min – 2012 Directors: Mark Dworkin & Melissa Young.

There is growing interest in firms that are owned and managed by their workers. Such firms tend to be more profitable and innovative, and more committed to the communities where they are based. They can compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Among others, this film takes us to the Mondragón Cooperative Corporation in Spain, where, since the 1950s, it has transformed a previously depressed area into one of the most productive in Europe with a high standard of living and an egalitarian way of life.

Future of Hope Saturday, October 19 3:15 to 4:30 @ Town Library

Future of Hope – 75 min or 52min – 2010 Director: Henry Bateman
Over the past 20 years we have seen a growing realization that the current model for society and culture is unsustainable. We have been living beyond our means. Future of Hope focuses on Iceland’s sustainable developments in organic farming, innovative business models and renewable energy integrated with its amazing geography of geysers and volcanoes, midnight sun and dark snowy winters. This is a story of struggle, determination and most importantly, hope.

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