Telling Stories of Resistance and Change: Organizers of Film Festivals Contribute to Media Literacy

  • Carole Roy St. Francis Xavier University
Keywords: Fostering critical thinking and community building through the arts, media literacy, social movements


Abstract: Different authors have recently written about the importance of collective learning. Cultural events, like documentary film festivals, provide important sites for collective learning. Organizers of such events are necessary catalysts that play different roles, from programming to fundraising and audience development to promotion and volunteer coordination. By their curatorial role, programmers in particular contribute to the educational nature of these events by presenting alternative information and often ignored stories which foster critical thinking, media literacy, and critical self-reflection. Information is key in a democratic society and when mass media occlude as much as they reveal, channels that present alternative perspectives play an important role in the development of criticality in citizens.

Author Biography

Carole Roy, St. Francis Xavier University

Associate Professor

Department Adult Education


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How to Cite
Roy, C. (2014). Telling Stories of Resistance and Change: Organizers of Film Festivals Contribute to Media Literacy. Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, 26(3). Retrieved from