Welcome to the 2018 Antigonish International Film Festival
We have an exciting programme on offer again this year: 33 documentary films with a strong selection of award-winners from around the world! The films cover issues both local and global: everything from music and art to refugee and immigration issues, gender identification and sexual violence, politics, history, environmental injustices and victories, and more. These stories have the power to change our lives and communities, to make them more inclusive and just. As the old saying goes, you will laugh and you will cry. You will learn and you will be moved.
Have a look at the film descriptions, check out the schedule and make a plan for what you would like to experience. You have a huge range to choose from!
This year we have added a new venue: the Antigonish Legion/CACL at 75 St. Ninian Street. The Friday night features will be shown there, 7:00 - 9:30. We are so pleased to be able to feature Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. This Canadian-made documentary has won multiple awards, including: Canadian Screen Award 2018, Hot Docs Audience Award 2017, Boulder Film Festival Best Music Documentary Film 2017, Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Winner 2017. This feature will be preceded by the short film The Water Protectors Journey - Along the Sipekne’katik River which explores the Nova Scotia story of the proposed Alton Gas project, its environmental impacts and how it is being opposed by Mi’kmaq Water Protectors supported by non-Indigenous allies.
The Antigonish Legion/CACL will also be the venue for the closing get together for all festival goers. This year we opted to have a wine and cheese celebration to give everyone a chance to visit with each other and discuss the films. Tickets are $12.00 and must be purchased before October 24. They can be purchased, as well as festival passes, at the People’s Place Library, 283 Main Street.
AIFF always showcases local issues and local films and this year is no exception. There are several options here, too, marked on the schedule by ‘**’: the above mentioned The Water Protectors Journey, The Canadian Delegation (which features Chris Frazer, now a professor at StFX, as a young delegate to North Korea in 1989), From Redneck to Rainbow: The Rights & Freedoms of LGBTQ+ Youth (filmmaker Cara Jones), In Whose Backyard? (Mi'kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities share their stories and struggles on environmental racism), Magit’s Doll (Magit Poulette describes her experience at the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School), and Meshes of the Ocean (reminiscences of a 97-year-old fisherman now living in Cape Breton).
The AIFF wishes to wholeheartedly thank the many sponsors and volunteers who make it possible to have such a far-reaching festival in such a small community.
Thank you for attending; we hope you enjoy the festival!
The Antigonish International Film Festival