Reel Justice Film Festival

 The Reel Justice Film Festival is a partnership between Development & Peace and The Bishop Farrell Library & Archives.  Each month a film highlighting a social justice theme is featured at a parish in the Diocese of Hamilton.  The Church teaches that social justice is an integral part of evangelization and an essential part of the Church's mission.  There are so many issues of injustice all over our world, it is hard to know where to begin. Start by joining us for a movie and discussion evening at a parish near you!

 2019 Film Schedule


Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

A Man of his Word

  • When: April 9, 2019: 7 pm
    Where:  Holy Rosary Parish 175 Emma Street, Guelph N1E 1V6
  • Film Description:  Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Wim Wenders, Pope Francis:  A Man of His Word is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis.  The film combines archival footage from the Vatican with a series of direct interviews with Pope Francis in which he responds to questions from people about death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family.  Throughout the film, Pope Francis shares his vision of the Church and his deep concern for the poor, his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, and his call for peace in areas of conflict and between world religions. Details of the life of Saint Francis are also offered in the film, connecting to the pope’s namesake, through accounts of legendary moments in the Saint’s own life as a reformer and ecologist.
    Film Trailer:  Pope Francis: A Man of his Word

Previous Screenings

After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village

After the Storm

  • When: February 22, 2019:  Doors open 5 pm, Potluck 5:30 pm, film 7 pm, Panel discussion with Jess Agustin 7:45 pm. Jess is the D&P program officer for the Philippines. He is currently on mission and will return to Canada just in time to give us the latest news on the reconstruction and community building project featured in this film.
    Where:  St. Raphael Parish,  4072 New Street, Burlington L7L 1S9
  • Film Description: After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village is an inspiring journey that follows poor coastal communities in the Philippines who lost everything to Super Typhoon Haiyan. When local organizations supported by Development and Peace – Caritas Canada arrive to work alongside these communities, they are confronted by survivors who are dispossessed, living in tents, dependent on aid, and facing eviction from the land they have always known.  But what happens when you bring the people together? When they are given a voice and a chance to be heard? When they know how to take action?  Find out in After the Storm, as Development and Peace works with 550 families to transform a piece of land into new homes, a new community, and new lives.
    Film Trailer:  After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village

Poverty Inc

Poverty Inc

  • When:  March 19, 2019: 7:30 pm following evening Mass 
    Where: St. Michael’s Church, 80 University Avenue West 
    Waterloo N2L 3C7
  • Film Description: The West has positioned itself as the protagonist of development, giving rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry - the business of doing good has never been better.  Yet, the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change.  Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.  From TOMS Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough question:  Could I be part of the problem?
    Film Trailer:  Poverty Inc