The 13th Montreal International Black Film Festival started yesterday and goes on until the first of October.

Topics like racism, refugees, the Black Lives Matter movement and many more are on the menu of the fest showcasing 66 Films from 25 countries at numerous venues around the city, including Imperial Theatre, Cinema Du Parc as well as Concordia and UQAM universities.


Some highlights include an afternoon tribute to (and with) high class Jazz legend Oliver Jones (Saturday, September 30th, 3 PM at du Parc). At the same time (cruel choice it is) there is a showing, among a short films selection, of segments of the upcoming Irene Angelico film of REACHING FOR ZION which features Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, an amazing woman activist who is simply a class act on her own (Sept 30, 2017 – 3:00 PM at the so-called Ancien Cinema ONF, 1564 rue St Denis).


A bit later (7:30PM), if You never got the chance to see a Haitian Feature (well it’s actually 52 minutes with some added material and a conference on Haiti’s productions, etc, etc), you can change all that at Theatre Hall of Concordia University by catching Bruno Mourral’s KAFOU (Creole with French subtitles), in which characters Doc and Zoe discover that Port-au-Prince on a specific night is about wrong time, wrong place.


Neighbor of the Dominican Republic will close the festival on October 1st, 7:00 PM at Concordia with the presentation of José María Cabral’s Carpitenros. In the meantime you’ll probably have visited the Market and witnessed the various captivating masterclasses and conferences.


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