Montreal International Black Film Festival 2017 – The 13th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival 2017 (MIBFF), the largest Black film festival in Canada, is set to take place from September 27 to October 1. Established by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Montreal International Black Film Festival 2017 will feature a line-up consisting of 66 films from 25 countries, in which they will convey messages of cultural heritage, the struggle against inequality and injustice, as well as passion, determination, strength and remarkable feats. They will be screened at five different venues across the city: Cinema du Parc, Cinema Imperial, the former Cinematheque Quebecoise (now called the Annexe Judith-Jasmin of UQAM), L’Inis, and the Hall Theatre of Concordia University.
It all begins on September 27, 7 p.m., at the Cinema Imperial, with the screening of the festival’s opening film “Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu”. Based on a true story, the film depicts the life of Solomon Mahlangu, who lives in a ghetto township in Pretoria, South Africa during the mid-1970s. After suffering a brutal beating at the hands of the police, the 19-year-old Mahlangu goes to Angola to receive military training from the liberation movement that he joins. When his friend Mondy shoots and kills two innocent people in Johannesburg, and is severely beaten and tortured, Solomon is put on trial under the common purpose doctrine, and is faced with the death penalty for the crime that his friend committed.
On September 30 at the Cinema du Parc, Montreal jazz legend Oliver Jones will receive this year’s MIBFF Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the world of jazz music. The tribute will be preceded by a screening of the new documentary by Rosey Ugo Edeh about Jones’ life and career called “Oliver Jones: Mind Hands Heart”.
The festival will close on October 1 at the Hall Theatre of Concordia University with the screening of Jose Maria Cabral’s film “Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)”, which was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. This year’s MIBFF Black Market, which takes place from September 28 to October 1 at L’Inis, will feature master classes and workshops dealing with film creation, financing, production, distribution and the festival circuit, as well as how to find funding in the film industry.
Tickets to MIBFF screenings are $10, $25 for the opening event and $20 for the closing event, plus $195 for a VIP Card and $95 for a Passport Card. For more information, go to www.montrealblackfilm.com
Feature image: Spike Lee and P.K. Subban from Montreal’s Black Film Festival