By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 18, 2013 at 3:04PM
The 9th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival, presented by Global Montreal in collaboration with Zupim.com, kicks off today, September 18 and will run through to the 29.
Canada’s biggest black film festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, is returning with a rather rich and bold program, featuring over one hundred films of the African diaspora, from all over the world - many of them making their Canadian debuts!
The festival provides a list of some of its top picks chosen from the festival line up: Chasing Shakespeare, Alice Walker – Beauty in Truth, The Forgotten Kingdom, Denis, Fanie Fouri’s Lobola, Rayons d’Espoir (They Shine), Nairobi Half Life, Taste of Rain, The Retrieval, Les baobabs ne poussent pas en hiver, The Suspect, Haiti Untold, La Source, Mimi Barthélémy – la voix de la conteuse, Tula – the Revolt, Journalistes – vos papiers, Bay of all Saints, Finding Hillywood, Noirs et blancs en couleurs, Home, Something Necessary, La Playa DC and more.
Other notable events scheduled include:
- DANNY GLOVER receiving the MIBFF's 2013 HUMANTARIAN AWARD on the festival's opening night, tonight, at 7:30 pm at the Imperial Theatre. The MIBFF is honoring Mr. Glover for his extraordinary humanitarian contributions as well as for his dedication to the fight against global injustice and inequality.
- JOSUÉ LAJEUNESSE will receive the very first MIBFF SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD on Friday September 27, 2013 at 7 pm at Cinéma du Parc. The MIBFF is presenting him with this award for his efforts to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of La Source, his hometown, after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
- KIM NGUYEN will receive the first MIBFF VANGUARD AWARD on the festival's closing night, Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7 pm at the Imperial Theatre. The MIBFF presents Nguyen with this new award, which was recently created to recognize Canadian directors for their exceptional efforts in raising awareness about black realities.
Senegalese filmmaker Moussa Touré is the spokesperson for the 9thedition of the MIBFF.
Meanwhile, the Festival's honorary ambassador remains cultural reporter Francine Grimaldi.
And there's much more...
Movie Passes: The Festival is pleased to offer a $70 Ciné-Access Pass valid for 10 films playing at Cinéma du Parc; a $150 Passport Pass valid for all films paying at Cinéma du Parc; a $300 Gold Pass valid for all films (including opening and closing films as well as MLK50), and also a $450 Platinum Pass granting priority access to all festival events, including invite-only events and much more. All details on www.montrealblackfilm.com.
Individual Tickets: Individual tickets are available for $10 per screening on the festival website (www.montrealblackfilm.com) or at Cinéma du Parc. Tickets for opening and closing nights are available for $25 only on the festival website.
Venues: All films will be screened at Cinéma du Parc (3575, av. du Parc), except the opening and closing nights, which will take place at the Imperial Theatre (1430, rue de Bleury); MLK50 – Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of MLK’s "I Have a Dream" speech – which will take place at Cinémathèque québécoise (335 de Maisonneuve Est) and the Haitian Movie and Concert Night which will take place at Centre culturel La Perle Retrouvée (7655, 20e Av., Saint-Michel).
The 9th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be held from September 18 to 29, 2013 and is presented by Global Montreal in collaboration with Zupim.com.
For more details on events and to purchase tickets, visit www.montrealblackfilm.com.