3rd edition of the Montreal International History Film Festival

The history of Quebec and the world is in the spotlight!

Online May 12-23

The Montreal International History Film Festival (FIFHM) team unveiled the line-up for its 2021 edition, which will take place online from May 12 to 23. For this 3rd edition, you can buy a passport for $25 that will give you access to 42 films of all kinds (documentary, fiction, animation) from 11 countries. Travel back in time and witness the historical moments that have changed and are still changing the course of our lives.

Check out the online programming and discover today the different themes and strands of this third edition of the FIFHM. On the www.fifhm.com website

Quebec’s history is brought to light by films that address it through the personal experience of its protagonists and witnesses. This is the case in a small town, Asbestos, now Val-des-Sources, which operated what was at one time the largest asbestos mine in the world. A look back at the community, its future and the desire to forget this industrial past with Hervé Demers’ Une fois la poussière retombée. Inniun ueshkat mak anutshish by Marie Menie offers a discussion between mother and daughter on their transition from traditional hut life to life in the modern home.  Bâtiment 7 by Jacinthe Moffat is a nod to the capitalist system because Batiment 7, an industrial vestige of the last century, comes back to life by and for the people of Pointe-Saint-Charles after more than a decade of commitment from convinced activists. La nuit des chutes by Ariane Bilodeau depicts a historian with a gift of vision who wanders the streets of an ancient City of Light. In Shawinigan Falls, he sees a meditation on human history in the loss of meaning. And what about Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush’s Tshima it, which looks at the fading of a nuanced language, the Innu language.

Whether it’s about the history of women, with for example Valérie Mannss Le ciel est à elle about three exceptional women, pioneers of aviation, or the fate of individuals caught up in the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War, with L’automne de l’histoire by Marcel Buisan, or the history of the fractures within American society with Toni Morrison et les fantômes de l’Amérique by Claire Laborey and Ku Klux Klan, une histoire américaine by David Korn-Brzoza, it is a sensitive and documented look offered by the director of the film. The Middle East is no exception, with films that speak so much of the Assyrian correspondences of about 4000 years ago, thanks to clay tablets found in Turkey in Tarum-Kàbi – Correspondances assyriennes by Vanessa Tubiana-Brun, and from recent history, with Jean-Pierre Canet, a great reporter and director, who presents his meticulous investigative work in Iraq: la destruction d’une nation 1990-2001.

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Honorary prizes will be awarded for the best short and feature films by a jury co-chaired by Pascal Gélinas, filmmaker and Jean-François Leclerc, historian and museologist, the jury also made up of filmmakers Lisa Sfriso and Catherine Veaux-Logeat. The winners will be announced on Sunday, May 16.

The special opening night, in partnership with Elephant, will take place at the Cinémathèque québécoise by invitation only. Three episodes of André Gladu and MicheBrault’s Le Son des Français d’Amérique will be presented in the presence of director André Gladu. Watch their Facebook page, and get a chance to win a pair of tickets to this special event.

Check out the online programming on www.fifhm.com

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The Montreal International History Film Festival is an annual cultural event dedicated to historical cinema.  Its founders, filmmakers and historians, are passionate about the expression of history through the cinematic medium. For its third edition, FIFHM is pleased to be partnering with the brand new Festival d’histoire de Montréal, which will take place in Montreal museums from May 14 to 16, 2021.