'The eye of god' by Kosta Kostov (Spain). Inside the shattering eye (which cracks when it's struck by 'illumination' and 'enlightenment') is an image of a march attended by the Jewish community protesting the "unethical" actions of the Jewish & Family Children's Services of Toronto (JF&CS). The yellow poster reads, "Families Need Protection From CAS." JF&CS criminally charged the family that the protesters were advocating for, claiming that they had organized the protest (which they did not do - but so what if they had?) and for telling their story to the Toronto Star (which they did). Employing standard protocol to protect the identity of the child, the newspaper published two articles about their situation. Battling criminal charges for speaking out and financially devasted by legal costs, the family continues to fight for the child they fostered, love and wanted to adopt. Today, this child languishes in a group home and most likely thinks that the family who loved him, didn't love him enough. (Group homes are a profitable and more cost effective option for the Children's Aid, than a loving home). Their story is included in the film.
COMMFFEST FILM FEST
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 2:30pm
at the Rainbow Cinema located in
Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market
Tickets $10 + tax
Panel discussion to follow
When the law is used to silence people from critically discussing a provincially funded and community-based organization, whose sole mandate is to protect and care for vulnerable children and families, it’s time to talk about it. Get your ticket to eavesdrop on a conversation you won’t hear anywhere else.
IN THE NEWS:
Grassroots film festival tackles Children’s Aid stonewall in documentary, local panel
- The Bulletin, September 2012, pg. 6
LINKS & VIDS TO EXPLORE
A MESSAGE TO THE MINISTER OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH [VIDEO]
ABUSED IN CARE: SUING THE CAS – Q&A WITH PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER LORETTA MERRITT [VIDEO]
THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORKERS AND THE CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETIES OF ONTARIO [VIDEO]
A VERY VERY UGLY STORY – A MESSAGE TO THE CHIEFS OF ONTARIO [VIDEO]
ILLEGAL APPREHENSIONS – PART ONE WITH BRIGITTE GRATL [VIDEO]
WAS THE CAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DOC?
WHO’S ON THE PANEL AT COMMFFEST?
INTERNAL EMAIL FROM CAS & THEIR RESPONSE TO THE DOCUMENTARY