First Friday Film Festival

Our First Friday Film Festival (FFFF) is a monthly program that extends the opportunity to view documentary films in Antigonish throughout the fall, winter and spring months. Recent themes included music, dance, art, animal rights, human rights and the environment. Choices include films that express the inherent mystery and intrigue of life, history and circumstances while celebrating challenging, creative and investigative storytelling.

Admission is by donation.

Upcoming First Friday Film
Nero’s Guests
Friday December 1, 2017
In Nero’s Guests director Deepa Bhatia follows award-winning journalist P. Sainath as he confronts and documents the agrarian crisis of farmer suicides in India. He shows the pathetic conditions of families forced into debt and humiliation caused by harmful policies pursued by the Indian government in the interests of rich Indian and multinational corporations. Sadly, the Indian government is not alone in this short-sighted self-interested practice.

The title of the documentary comes from the story of Nero, Roman emperor 54-68 AD, hosting extravagant parties in his beautiful garden. In order for his guests to enjoy the garden at night he used prisoners as human torches for illumination. Sainath notes it is not Nero’s cruelty that most troubles him; there have been numerous cruel rulers. It is the indifference of Nero’s guests: keeping silent, ignoring that cruelty, while continuing to enjoy the party.

P. Sainath is the founder of People’s Archive of Rural India (the inspiration behind People’s Archive of Rural Nova Scotia) and author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought.

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A Students View of AIFF 2017
Comments from past Festivals:
  • “You cannot watch these films and not be moved.”
  • “I was here last year. ... And it is really, really enjoyable. I’ve been to Toronto Film Festivals and … New York film festivals. And I have to say in comparison, ours rocks.”
  • “You wouldn’t see a lot of this stuff in a regular theatre … makes you think outside of the box, think beyond your own space.”
  • “It serves as a real spring board for conversation about different issues.”
  • “Cool films!” “Inspiring human stories!” “Thought provoking films.”
  • “There is Hope!”
  • “Truly excellent experience—will be back next year.”
  • “Refreshing, invigorating, well organized.”
  • “Friendly.”
  • “Uncomplicated, welcoming and provocative.”
  • “Outstanding films, very inspiring. What a great collection of films!”
  • “Uplifting, very informative.”
  • “Afterwards raving to each other about the must-see films we’d just seen!”
  • “Great experience!” "Very inspirational.”
  • “Opened my eyes to many world issues.”
  • “Opportunity to meet and talk with others.”
  • “Inspired & touched”
  • “Learned more than was expected. Changed my mind on things.”
  • “Many brave people and their stories.”
  • “Untold human misery persist; boundless hope also prevails.”
  • “Injustice surrounds us but can be stopped when people work together.”
  • “The dimensions of suffering and transformation, simultaneously occurring all over the world.”
  • “It introduces, exposes, empowers and teaches about global issues and how they affect us here at home.”
  • “Struck by surface [media] coverage of events in contrast to the in-depth info of these films”