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May 27, 2011
NEW WESTMINSTER - Fraser Health’s Acquired Brain Injury Services and Douglas College are partnering to present an innovative film festival to raise awareness of acquired brain injuries. Four films will highlight some of the remarkable struggles that many brain-injured people face in order to live meaningful lives.
The Brain Injury Film Festival (BIFF), a free event open to the public, will run on four consecutive Monday nights beginning June 6, 2011. An expert in the field of brain injury and mental health will introduce each film and a question-and-answer session will follow.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in people under the age of 45, and this invisible epidemic hits young men the hardest. Approximately 14,000 British Columbians acquire a brain injury each year, and 160,000 people in the province live with the life-changing impact of such an injury.
The majority of deaths and disabilities linked to traumatic brain injuries are caused by car accidents, but extreme sports such as snowboarding and skateboarding also contribute a significant number. About 300,000 Canadians live with brain injuries caused by strokes, which affect all age groups, and are the third largest cause of death in Canada.
The event is free on a first-come, first-served basis. All films start at 7 p.m. in Lecture Room 2201, Douglas College, 700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster
BIFF 2011 Films
View the film synopsis and schedules.