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Candidates Debate on LGBTQ Issues – September 25 at OWFF 2015

LGBTQ Election Debate26th ANNUAL ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS
the Official Candidates Debate on LGBTQ Issues for Ottawa-Gatineau

Paul Dewar, Catherine McKenna, and Tom Milroy tackle issues affecting LGBTQ youth and communities across Canada on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the National Gallery of Canada.

One World Film Festival partners with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ten Oaks Project, Gender Mosaic, and *Kind to present Canada’s only 2015 Candidates Debate focusing on LGBTQ issues, featuring representatives from the Ottawa Centre riding: Paul Dewar (NDP), Catherine McKenna (Liberal), Tom Milroy (Green), and a candidate from the Conservative Party (to be confirmed).

“This debate is critical for the Ottawa-Gatineau community. Unlike regional debates, this event speaks to the needs of LGBTQ communities, discussing issues like trans rights, HIV criminalization laws, the blood-ban, support services for youth at risk, and community-based educational programs to raise awareness.” – Jeremy Dias, Director of the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity

Moderated by Dawn Moore, President of Ten Oaks Project, the debate takes place on Friday, September 25, 2015 at 7:30pm at the National Gallery of Canada following the Ottawa premiere at 6:00pm of The Year We Thought About Love, a documentary about a diverse troupe of LGBTQ youth transforming their personal struggles into theatre for social change. Directed by Ellen Brodsky, The Year We Thought About Love is an inspiring portrait of youth demonstrating the power of living a life honestly and out loud.

After the debate, the OWFF presents the multiple-award winning Landfill Harmonic, a moving documentary about the young musicians of Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra, at 8:45pm.

Click here to join, like and share the Facebook event for the debate.

For more information about the 26th annual One World Film Festival, check out the full festival schedule, packed with thought-provoking documentaries and panel discussions.

The festival runs September 24 to 26 at the National Gallery of Canada and September 27 at Saint Paul University. Tickets for all festival events can be purchased here. Get yours today!

About the Films

TYWTAL groupshotThe Year We Thought About Love
Directed by Ellen Brodsky | USA | 2014 | 68 min
With wit, grace, and attitude, a diverse troupe of LGBTQ teens transforms their personal struggles into theatre for social change. Ellen Brodksy’s documentary is an inspiring portrait of youth demonstrating the power of living a life honestly and out loud.

landfillharmonic_maria_nohelia_taniaLandfill Harmonic
Directed by Graham Townsley, Brad Allgood, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus | USA | 2014 | 85 min
Under the guidance of their music director Favio Chavez,  the young musicians of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura journey from a small community located next to a landfill in Asuncion, Paraguay to the world stage.  As they learn to make beautiful music with classical instruments fashioned out of garbage, they bring hope to their families, community and audiences worldwide.