In what has become a pre-Antigonish International Film Festival (AIFF) tradition, last year’s documentaries, 34 DVDs in total, were donated to the People’s Place Library Oct. 8.
“AIFF is pleased to be donating 34 DVDs of the documentary films screened at either the 2014 festival or at the monthly First Friday Film Festival,” said volunteer Elaine MacLean.
“This brings the total AIFF DVD collection available at the library to more than 125.”
AIFF 2015 (antigonishfilmfest.org) goes Oct. 23 and 24 at the Cineplex Theatre, the People’s Place Library and Antigonish Town Hall council chambers.
The popular community dinner part of the festival goes Saturday (the 24th) evening at St. James United Church hall. The dinner, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. and meals served at 6:30 p.m., is being catered by the Antigonish International Pot Luck Group.
“Here’s the recipe for a successful community event; start with the eight years of previous AIFFs, add more than 150 individuals and organizations who are sponsors and volunteers, combine with hundreds of attendees – mix … et voilà, the 9th annual Antigonish International Film Festival, coming to venues near you October 23 and 24,” volunteer Janet Stark said in promoting this year’s event.
AIFF’s Carole Roy talked about some of the films to be presented at this year’s festival.
“The film festival once again is bringing inspiring stories of courage and creativity,” Roy said.
“From Paraguay where garbage is turned into musical instruments for youth, The Landfill Harmonic; to New York people with Parkinson finding some liberation through dance and performing beautifully, Capturing Grace; to an ingenious Mi’kmaq canoe builder, Building Legends; or the environment, Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds.”
“A film from South Africa shows us the power of music When Voices Meet, or determination Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, while Zero Percent reveals the powerful role education can play in the rehabilitation process for prisoners.
Stimulating, touching emotions … these films will leave you feeling proud of human beings while also seeing what could be.”
Festival passes, regular or student – unwaged, are available at the library, the Lyghtesome Gallery and Brendan’s Fairway.