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Published on Dec 10, 2010
Directed by Tony Papa
Beautiful, rich in natural resources, protected and isolated, Powell River is both unique and emblematic of the history of so many places in Canada. The rich biodiversity of this region, first inhabited for thousands of years by the Tla'amin people, has provided sustenance for the development of thriving communities. In the modern era, Powell River has attracted people from every corner of the world seeking a better life.
DEFINING DIVERSITY, CREATING COMMUNITY weaves the stories of some of these people, revealing a rich and complex tapestry of cultures, experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles. With a mix of honest and compelling interviews, archival imagery and scenes of the town's natural and human landscapes, the film asks and answers questions about who we are as a community and where we are heading. The concept of diversity is opened up and explored as we hear about both the positive and negative experiences of people as they have attempted to find their place in this continually transforming community.
At the core of these stories is a reflection of how prejudice can be transformed into tolerance, and then into acceptance, and eventually into a full appreciation and celebration of "difference".
Editor: Tony Papa Writer: Claudia Medina, Producer Sara Blum, Production Manager: Michelle Hignell