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Can a film or a song or a work of visual art be an effective means to advocate for a cause or an idea?

Bringing together film, music, and discussion, the Playing for Change Film Festival strives to create opportunities to examine culture and art to create positive social change. Using the theme, Art as Advocacy, organizers hope to blend art forms to engage audiences, ideas, and innovation.

Advocacy played a big role in all five of the films selected for screening at this year’s festival as well as in the pre-show musical entertainment. Art as Advocacy was also the theme of the panel discussion which followed the screening of the Australian documentary, After The Apology on Saturday evening. The film tells the story of four aboriginal grandmothers fighting to get their grandchildren returned to them.

This was the fourth annual Playing for Change Film Festival, organized by Blue Sky Cultural Connections in partnership with the RPL Film Theatre. The festival was held this year from November 1st to 3rd.

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After The Apology
Panel discussion at the Film Festival

Saturday's festival panel discussion explored how artists incorporate advocacy and social justice issues into their art and their vision of community. Left to right: Patricia Elliott, Skyler Anderson, Risa Payant and Audrey Dreaver. Thanks to the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation for sponsoring the panel.

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