The People’s Place Library’s collection of documentary films on DVD increased by 26 late last month thanks to a donation from Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF).
AIFF is in its sixth year and this year’s festival takes place Oct. 19 and 20 at the Empire Capitol Theatre and the library.
“These 26 films provide an opportunity for library borrowers to confront local, regional and global issues through films,” Carole Roy, an AIFF founding member, said.
The DVDs donated are films screened at the 2011 festival and more recent screenings presented during AIFF’s First Friday Film Festival series, which also took place at the library, last winter and early spring.
AIFF had donated 10 other DVDs in past years.
“Library users will now be able to borrow DVDs they may have missed seeing at one of our public screenings,” Roy said. “Like other kinds of films, documentary films foster a range of emotions, from laughter to tears to anger, depending on the film and the [viewers] response to the topic.”
Thirty-two films are on tap for this year’s festival which kicks-off Friday at noon with a couple of screenings at the library.
AIFF documentaries this year include Apache 8 about female firefighters in Arizona, Crazy Wisdom about the life of Chogyam Trungpa, the ‘bad boy of Buddhism,’ and Singing Against the Silence: the Gaels of Nova Scotia which is directed by local community member, Michael Newton.
Topics and issues range from ecology, leadership, human rights, spirituality and culture. Organizers have been busy preparing for this event since last year’s festival and encourage everyone, regular festival goers and newcomers, to come out and enjoy a growing, Antigonish fall tradition.
For information, including a complete list of movies and schedule, visit www.antigonishfilmfest.org.