Often within the arts is where social, political and cultural debates take place. Film has a long history of being a medium in which people express themselves, their ideas and beliefs. The Montreal International Black Film Festival uses this as the tenet behind their festival. It is a space in which many different black communities have a voice to express whatever it is that is on their minds and in their hearts.
Not every film and filmmaker has the power and money of a big studio behind it and as a result many quality films are not seen by the public at large. The Montreal International Black Film Festival finds these types of quality films that we might not otherwise see on the big screen and gives cinephiles in Montreal the opportunity to see it in the format that the director intended it to be seen. It makes a difference, trust me! Young filmmakers are out there waiting for us to discover their work and once again a festival like this steps in and gives them a platform.
As it reflects the fabric of Montreal the film festival is bilingual. Most films are screened in English and French (subtitles). There are some films that are presented in English or French only.
The festival kicks off with the Opening Night film, Chasing Shakespeare by Norry Niven. Director Norry Niven and one of the film’s stars, Danny Glover, will be at the Opening Night screening. Mr. Glover will also receive the festival’s 2013 Humanitarian Award. Other anticipated films include: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth directed by Pratibha Parmar, Angels in Exile directed by Bill Raftery with the participation of Charlize Theron, Haiti Untold directed by Dan Shannon and Isabelle Depelteau with the participation of Sean Penn, Georges Laraque and Donna Karan, and Home directed by Jono Olivier with the participation of Joe Morton.
The Montreal International Black Film Festival has been around since 2005 and evolved from the Montreal Haitian Film Festival. In a very short time it has become the biggest festival of its kind in Canada.
-Dates: September 18-29, 2013
-Venues: Imperial Theatre (1432 Bleury), Cinema du Parc (3575 Parc Ave.), Cinémathèque Québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve), La Perle Retrouvé (7655 20e)
-Website : www.montrealblackfilm.com
-Ticket Purchase: www.montrealblackfilm.com
-Ticket Prices: Passes – Cine-Access Card: $70
Passport Card: $150
Gold Card: $300
Platinum Card: $495
Prestige Card: $995
Individual Tickets – Regular: $10
Opening and Closing Nights: $25