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.
Ferencz's family fled Europe in the 1920s because of antisemitism and he grew up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods in the United States: New York City's Hell's Kitchen. Ferencz was refused entry to public school because he was too small and didn't speak English. Still, he persevered, and became a lawyer before enlisting in the US Army during the Second World War.
Ferencz wound up working as part of the prosecution team at the Nuremburg trials and later became a key agitator for the creation of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
With skill and empathy, award winning Canadian director Barry Avrich couldn't have made a more relevant film. Racism, antisemitism, and the alt-right are on the rise and international alliances predicated on common values and notions of justice are now endangered. It is important and inspiring to know that people like Ben Ferencz exist, working to make our world a better place.
Dr. Michael Steinitz will be available for Q&A after the film.
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