The Free Thinking Film Society was established in 2007 in Ottawa to provide an outlet for filmmakers and moviegoers alike who are looking for an alternative to the ‘alternative’. In other words, we celebrate the efforts of risk-taking documentarians whose work espouses the values of limited, democratic government, free market economies, equality of opportunity rather than equality of result, and the dignity of the individual, all underscored by a healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions. Although there are a lot of courageous voices in the non-fiction film industry producing thoughtful pieces of art which reject cultural relativism, central economic planning and American culpability for all that ills the world, you wouldn’t know it by looking at the listings for most art house cinemas.
We’re dedicated to changing that by bringing these exciting and challenging documentaries to Canada’s capital.
“I write this letter of support owing to my enthusiastic and unapologetic appreciation for the provocative, thoughtful and necessary work being undertaken by Fred Litwin and the Free Thinking Film Society. Although I am well to the "left" of the film society's principals, I share with them the conviction that there is an appalling degree of mediocrity and shallow thinking that animates the public discourse, and much of the narrow-mindedness that circumscribes healthy public debate is indeed attributable to what Mr. Litwin might call the "cultural relativism" or "political correctness" abroad in liberal intellectual circles. Already, in its young life, The Free Thinking Film Society has brought to the public in Canada's capital city several public fora and films that touch on matters that are critical to the great debates of our time. We need more of this. I wish them my deepest hopes for their continued success.”
Terry Glavin, Author, Journalist, and 2009 winner of the British Columbia Lieutenant-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence
"The Free Thinking Film Society performs a remarkable and invaluable service to the Ottawa community. By providing intelligent, informative, and thought-provoking perspectives which challenge consensus establishment thinking, it helps make Canadian democracy stronger and healthier."
Bruce Bawer, Author and Finalist for the 2006 US National Book Critics Circle Award
"The Free Thinking Film Society" beats against the current with courage and determination to bring voices of reason and truth to a cultural marketplace saturated with politically correct myths. Their well-organized salons feature provocative films, spirited discussion and a welcoming hearth for intelligent, vigorous and motivating defence of western civilization's ever more fragile heritage values."
Barbara Kay, Columnist for the National Post
“The Free Thinking Film Society is about great films and speakers that you won't find elsewhere. But it's also a statement in itself: that freedom, and dissent, and contrary views, are still alive and well in Canada.
When the FTFS stared down the thugs at the Iranian Embassy to show Iranium, it wasn't just the film that mattered. It was the right to see it -- a right strengthened through regular use.
Bravo and thanks from all Canadians."
Ezra Levant, Sun News
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