AIFF this week­end

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There are 33 out­stand­ing doc­u­men­taries be­ing screened and wait­ing for view­ers this week­end (Oct. 26 and 27), when the Antigo­nish In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (AIFF) starts.

Among those films are:

Sis­ters in Re­sis­tance — telling the story of four young women dur­ing Sec­ond World War who risked their lives to fight Nazi op­pres­sion and bru­tal­ity in oc­cu­pied France. Ar­rested by the Gestapo and placed in a con­cen­tra­tion camp, they con­tin­ued their re­sis­tance de­spite the dan­ger in­volved.

In Whose Back­yard? — which deals with en­vi­ron­men­tal racism as mem­bers of Mi’kmaw and African Nova Sco­tian com­mu­ni­ties share their sto­ries.

A Bet­ter Man — a Cana­dian film in which the di­rec­tor re­vis­its an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship she had with a pre­vi­ous boyfriend more than 20 years ago. With the guid­ance of an abuse coun­sel­lor they dis­cuss mem­o­ries and share per­cep­tions with the aim of achiev­ing heal­ing.

“Some of th­ese films are in our re­gion and prov­ince this one time, and will likely never ap­pear here again. See them, be­cause this is a great op­por­tu­nity,” Elaine Maclean, from the AIFF film se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, said.

For se­lec­tion com­mit­tee mem­ber Larry Lamey there are “some real sur­prises” in this year’s lineup. He points To Berke­ley in the Six­ties as an ex­am­ple; “de­spite be­ing made in 1990, it re­mains rel­e­vant to­day, deal­ing as it does with the anti-war move­ment in that time that trans­formed gen­er­a­tions to fol­low. Not only did it take six years to make, by an Aus­tralian film­maker, but it won awards and was nom­i­nated for an Os­car.”

Ca­role Roy, found­ing pres­i­dent of the AIFF, said, “At a time when chaos is daily news, it is in­spir­ing to see the level-headed courage and cre­ativ­ity of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­ted to the com­mon good.”

Fes­ti­val passes, cov­er­ing the two days are $20 each or just $5 each for stu­dents or the un­waged. For de­tails of venues and film times at antigo­nish­film­

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