The 6th Communications Nova Scotia Diversity Film Festival is coming this month. During the festival films that address diversity and human rights will be shown, along with insight from some of the filmmakers who will introduce their work and take questions.
The festival is on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St., Halifax. Please use the Bedford Row entrance.
10 a.m. - KWA'NU'TE': MicMac and Maliseet Artists (41 mins)
This film profiles a number of Mi'kmaq and Maliseet artists from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, showing their similarities and differences, samples of their work and the sources of their inspiration. It offers a remarkable look at native art and spirituality in Atlantic Canada.
11 a.m. - The Panther Next Door (45 mins.)
A documentary based on Deanna Sparks' intriguing story of Ronald Hill. Ronald was a fugitive member of the Black Panthers who sought refuge in Deanna's home in the village of Lake Loon, N.S. in the early 70s. Living under the alias, Francis Beaufils, he soon radicalized the Lake Loon residents' thinking about what it meant to be black in Nova Scotia at the time. Associate producer Deanna Sparks, just a little girl back then, recalls "Francis" and his influence on her. Almost 40 years later, she tracked him down in Atlanta, Georgia so he could share his story.
Noon - Secret Path (60 mins.)
The Secret Path is an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie's album and Jeff Lemire's graphic novel. Working with Downie's poetry and music, Lemire has created a powerful visual representation of the life of Chanie Wenjack. The film is divided into ten chapters, each a song from Downie's musical retelling of Chanie's story - from his escape from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School, to his subsequent and heartbreaking death from hunger and exposure to the harsh weather. The final product is a uniquely immersive emotional experience - an insight into the life of a little boy who, as Gord said, he never knew, "but will always love."
1:30 p.m. - 19 days (26 mins.)
This short documentary follows several refugee families during their first 19 days in Canada, as they navigate an unfamiliar terrain that has suddenly become their home. Located in the quiet Calgary neighborhood of Bridgeland, the Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre is the starting point for government-assisted refugees who arrive in the city. 19 Days reveals the human side of the refugee resettlement process and provides a unique perspective into and the difficult realities faced on the road toward integration.
2 p.m. - Moonlight (2 hrs.)
2017 Academy Award Best Picture Winner - A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the love and support of the community that helps raise him. The film features Academy Award Winner Mahershala Ali, and was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay for Barry Jenkins (screenplay) and Tarell and Alvin McCraney (story).