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In 2009, Toronto will see the first-ever Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF). This will also mark the first ever labour-oriented film festival in Canada.
The world of labour has found it increasingly difficult to communicate its message as fewer and fewer people have greater control over the means of communication — the media.
It is more important than ever that working people be able to tell their own stories in their own words and in their own images.
With the wide availability of digital still and video cameras, camera-phones, and other tools, activists can now make their stories — but still find it difficult to exhibit their narratives.
CLiFF will be that venue, the first of many throughout Canada, we hope, and around the world.
Not only do we want to show films, we want to encourage MAKING films to show at this and other festivals.
We want to partner with any and all organizations friendly to those who do work, those who represent workers, and those who advocate on the behalf of workers. We also want to work with those whose mission it is to tell the stories of workers.
We also plan to create partnerships with organizations that teach the arts of film-making. Visit our website to see things as they develop and (please) send us ideas.