The Best of the Best at AIFF
First published on Sept 19th 2014
In the past twelve months the selection committee of the Antigonish International Film Festival has been screening numerous documentaries from many parts of the world looking to source and select the most outstanding. Over twenty-eight films, many of them award-winners, will be shown this October 17-18 during the 8th annual edition of the festival. Films included in the line-up will also be from our own excellent local filmmakers; all to be shown at three venues: Cineplex Capitol, Town & County Library, and Antigonish Town Council Chambers.
On Friday night, October 17, a special film will occupy the place of honour, and be shown at the Cineplex. At its heart Sweet Dreams is a story about empowerment, set in a place where most of the recent history has been horrendously bad. This film follows the narrative of Rwandan women forming the first ever female drumming troupe, something previously unheard of in that country, where only men were permitted to drum. When you hear the joyful rhythms you will understand how this female group has empowered itself and their country, building new relationships among themselves and dealing with an awful history of old wounds while spreading healing. But there is more. These same women go into business together, opening the first ice cream shop in all of Rwanda, embarking on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. Watch Sweet Dreams and see a film full of struggle, where life was never easy and nothing, not even survival, could be taken for granted. A group of determined women faced tremendous challenges in a post-conflict society, and continue to do so, but now, never without hope, and frequently enough, success.
The AIFF, in its eighth year, exists to bring the best documentaries to viewers and festival goers in this part of Nova Scotia, supporting local filmmakers while searching other countries for their best as well. We also schedule monthly films in the remainder of the year at the First Friday Film Festival. In addition we screen films for the inmates at the Nova Federal Prison for Women in Truro prompting and encouraging free discussion afterwards with a sharing of experiences and insights.
See as many AIFF films as you can during the two days of October 17 and 18: festival passes are $15 regular and $5 for unwaged and students. The Community Dinner ($15) takes place Saturday evening at the Prissy Pig restaurant with a cash bar and a chance for lots of good conversation. Check our new website antigonishfilmfest.org after Sept 20.