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Film featuring work of Community Forests International in Sackville tonight

Siti Bakar Makame, the agriculture officer in Pemba, inspired the CFI campaign with her success with permaculture.  ZACH MELANSON-CFI PHOTO
Siti Bakar Makame, the agriculture officer in Pemba, inspired the CFI campaign with her success with permaculture. ZACH MELANSON-CFI PHOTO

SACKVILLE, N.B. – This March, a New Brunswick made film about the work of Sackville’s very own Community Forest International (CFI) will be taking home a major award at the world’s largest environmental film festival in Washington DC.

The film is called Kokota: The Islet of Hope and features the climate change work CFI has been doing in Africa.

This film, along with three other short documentaries, will be playing at the Vogue Cinema in Sackville with the Tideland Doc Fest today, Feb. 8, from 7-9 p.m.

Even more important than the home turf screening in Sackville, will be its March presentation at the National Geographic headquarters in the U.S. capital. The film premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival last September and struck gold with a win for best cinematography. Two months later it took home Best Canadian Short at Canada’s largest eco film festival, Planet in Focus in Toronto.

The film is called Kokota: The Islet of Hope and features the climate change work CFI has been doing in Africa.

This film, along with three other short documentaries, will be playing at the Vogue Cinema in Sackville with the Tideland Doc Fest today, Feb. 8, from 7-9 p.m.

Even more important than the home turf screening in Sackville, will be its March presentation at the National Geographic headquarters in the U.S. capital. The film premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival last September and struck gold with a win for best cinematography. Two months later it took home Best Canadian Short at Canada’s largest eco film festival, Planet in Focus in Toronto.

Now, it is taking home the Eric Moe Award for Best Short on Sustainability from the Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C.  The film’s director Craig Norris will receive the award when he screens it for the festival at the National Geographic Society headquarters on March 20.


“I get goosebumps anytime I tell someone. Ten years ago I started off as a photographer and I dreamed of shooting for National Geographic, so doing anything related to that organization is literally a dream come true.” Norris said.

Tideland Doc Fest will also feature Sunrise on the Total Chaos, Amazing Places of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve, and the fan favorite Surviving the Fundy Footpath.  The latter is the story of a non-hiker from Toronto who backpacks the extremely difficult Fundy Footpath for his first hike.  The uncensored version of this documentary will be played, so some foul language should be expected.

Together these made-in-New Brunswick films have been featured at 23 film festivals, in eight countries, on four continents, and counting. To date there hasn’t been an easy way for New Brunswickers to see the films; enter Tideland Doc Fest.

“We have several films that we want to tour around New Brunswick, and they all revolve around the same themes: Nature, conservation, and climate change. So it just made sense to package them up and tour them together,” explains Norris.

During February of 2017, the inaugural version of this two-hour, touring documentary festival will be making stops in Sackville, Moncton, Fredericton, and Saint John. Films will be screened for students at seven high schools and there will be four evening events open to the general public. Admission is free, but there will be a suggested donation of $5 at the door and proceeds will be donated to Community Forests Pemba. For more information, visit the Tideland Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/TidelandDocFest/  

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