Schedule of films + speakers

Join us for six days full of festival goodness April 17-22, 2012. All screenings will take place at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, located at 149 West Hastings Street in Vancouver.

TuesdayApril 177:00pm

OPENING NIGHT EVENT: World Peace & Other 4th Grade Achievements

60 mins/ 2010 /USA

Film: 7:00pm
Speakers: 8:00pm

Afterparty: 9:30pm – midnight


About the film
Critically acclaimed, “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements” by Chris Farina interweaves the story of John Hunter, a public school teacher in Virginia, with his students’ participation in an exercise called the World Peace Game. The game triggers an eight-week transformation of the children from students of a neighborhood public school to citizens of the world by exposing them to complex issues of the greater geo-political world. The film reveals how a wise, loving teacher can unleash students’ full potential.

  • World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival 2010
  • Award Winner United Nations Association Festival 2010
  • Audience Award Winner Bergen International Film Festival 2010
  • Outstanding Achievement Award Newport Beach Film Festival 2010


Speaker hosted in partnership with
Opening Night ticket includes admission to our afterparty event, featuring:
• Celebratory glass of bubbly provided by Barefoot Wines
• 2 complimentary beverage tickets for wine provided by Barefoot or Beer provided by Granville Island Brewing
• Delicious food stations from local organic vendors
• Gift bags filled with great LUSH Cosmetics and sponsor goodies
• Featuring young vocalists from Rockstar Academy
• World Music by Will Blunderfield
• DJ Jaala will be spinning all night
• Over 60+ silent auction items
After party hosted in partnership with

Screening at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, 149 West Hastings St. in Vancouver map.

Purchase tickets

Are you an educator?  Subject to availability we will be selling Opening Night tickets (including film, speakers & afterparty) for $40 at the door. Please arrive at the theatre at 6:00pm to purchase.

Speaker Panel

John Hunter is an award-winning gifted teacher and educational consultant who has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. During his university years, he traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India and China. Intrigued by the principles of non-violence, he began to think of how his profession might contribute to peace in the world. For over thirty years, Hunter has been teaching students the world of peace through a remarkable exercise that he created called The World Peace Game.

John is a TED Speaker and one of Time Magazine's "12 Education Activists for 2012"

Chris Farina is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., American Government) and American University (M.A, Communication – Producing for Film and Video). His first two films, Route 40 and West Main Street, were collaborations with Charlottesville filmmaker Reid Oechslin, and both films are guided by the principle of respect for the individuals portrayed, allowing them to tell the story of their lives and their community. Each film portrays people living and working in familiar American settings that typically receive little media attention. He has also worked with fellow Charlottesville filmmaker and Academy Award winner Paul Wagner on two films, The James River and Angels.