Activist/documentarian to speak at UBCO

Internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild (A Place Called Chiapas, Bevel Up!) is about to be part of an open forum on the art and practice of activist filmmaking at UBC Okanagan.

  • Feb. 14, 2011 7:00 a.m.
Filmmaker Nettie Wild is at UBC Okanagan to talk about her documentary work

Filmmaker Nettie Wild is at UBC Okanagan to talk about her documentary work

KELOWNA –– Internationally renowned documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild (A Place Called Chiapas, Bevel Up!) is about to be part of an open forum on the art and practice of activist filmmaking at UBC Okanagan.

The forum is attached to a course on digital media and the humanities taught by Jessica Stites Mor, assistant professor of history.

Wild has worked professionally as an actress, producer and writer, and is a founding member of Vancouver’s Headlines Theatre, Touchstone Theatre and Tahmanous Theatre.

She is best known for her feature length documentary films, A Place Called Chiapas (1998), A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1989/90), and Blockade (1993).

A Place Called Chiapas won the 1999 Genie Award for Best Canadian Feature Documentary and has played theatrically in more than 100 cities in cinemas across North America.

It was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum of New Cinema), won the Audience Award for best documentary at the American Film Institute’s Los Angeles International Film Festival and was broadcast as a two-hour CBC prime-time special.

Among other honours, A Rustling of Leaves was awarded The People’s Choice Award at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum of New Cinema), the Prix du Public at the NFB’s Salute to the Documentary and the Grand Prize at the Houston Film Festival.

Blockade shared honours as Most Popular Canadian Feature at the Vancouver Film Festival, and won the Red Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival and the Silver Award at Houston, as well as many other prizes.

Wild comes to film from a background of journalism and theatre.

Her radio documentaries of the Philippine guerrilla war and the SNAP revolution, which brought Corazon Aquino to power, were carried extensively by CBC on programs such as Sunday Morning, As It Happens, Morningside and Ideas.

The open forum with documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild takes place Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Fipke Centre, FIP139, at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Admission is free and open to the public.