Canada’s Largest Black Film Festival (Montreal) Unveils Its 2015 Program
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Canada’s Largest Black Film Festival (Montreal) Unveils Its 2015 Program

11th Montreal International Black Film FestivalToday, at the Former NFB Theatre, programming for the 11th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), Canada’s biggest black film festival, was announced. The MIBFF, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Global News Montreal, will take place from September 29 to October 4, 2015 with a variety of memorable events that will leave a mark in the Festival’s history.

The Montreal International Black Film Festival is returning with a rich and bold slate honoring African American History. The programming includes the “Black Market”, exciting special events, the “Cinema Without Borders” professional development activities program for the youth, tributes, attendance of international guests and much more. In addition, the MIBFF will debut an exhibition and after parties. Moviegoers will get the chance to watch uncut, quality films; feature-length, mid-length, shorts, documentaries and narrative films – most making their Canadian debut! Festivalgoers will also get the chance to see actors and directors from all corners of the globe sharing their passions.

Some of the highlights include: "Sweet Mickey for President," "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution," "Selma," "Breathe Umphefumlo," "Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang," "Dry," "Terrible Love," "Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands"), "White Water," "En quête d’identité," "Thina Sobali," "Una Vida: Of Mind and Music," "3 ½ Minutes – Ten Bullets," "Game Face," "O KA," "My Father’s Land," "La belle vie," "Imperial Dreams," and many more! 

Productions are divided into several categories: drama; art, poetry, and music; comedy; accomplishment or portrait; Haitian films; identity, history, and traditions; immigration and segregation; bullying; and the human condition.


With the generous support of the Consulate general of the United States in Montreal

2015 is a symbolic year of many ground-breaking anniversaries in American history: 50 years since the historic march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; 60 years since Rosa Parks’ refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Montgomery, initiating a new era in the American quest for freedom and equality; and 50 years since the assassination of human rights activist Malcolm X. The 11th MIBFF will feature this year, a strong and significant Special American Program that will give Montrealers access to more independent films, actors, speakers and American directors. This Program includes tributes, screening of 20 films which include the festival’s opening and closing films, an exhibition on 25 trailblazing African American women, movie discussion on the power of non-violence and the Festival’s Kick-off Party.

2015 also marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. To commemorate this event, the festival chose to open with a film that unveils an important chapter in Haiti’s political history, Ben Patterson’s "Sweet Mickey for President."


Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Imperial Theatre | $25

Presented by Global News Montreal

Human rights advocate, community activist and political leader Martin Luther King III will receive the Montreal International Black Film Festival’s 2015 Humanitarian Award on opening night. As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III is carrying the family torch and pursuing equality and justice for all people. The tribute will precede the screening of the opening film, Ben Patterson’s "Sweet Mickey for President."


Friday, October 2, 7PM, Cineplex Odéon du Quartier Latin | $20

Presented by Centre des Viandes F. Iasenza, Transat and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec

Paul Haggis, Canadian Oscar winning director (founder of Artists for Peace and Justice – APJ) and David Belle, filmmaker, CEO of APJ and founder of Ciné Institute (Jacmel, Haïti), will receive the 2015 Social Impact Award in recognition of their contributions to Haitian education and social justice. This double tribute will precede the screening of 5 films directed by graduates of Ciné Institute (Jollywood, the new wave of Haitian cinema) who have been invited as part of the Cinema without Borders (The Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Youth & Diversity Program) followed by a Q&A with Haggis, Belle and the graduates.


2015 Audience Award and Jury Award for Best Documentary at Slamdance

Tuesday, September 29, 7PM, Imperial Theatre | $25

Presented Global News Montreal

Quebec Premiere: Music and politics collide when international music star, Pras Michel of the Fugees, returns to his homeland of Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010 to mobilize a presidential campaign for Haiti’s most controversial musician: Michel Martelly, aka Sweet Micky. The film features: Pras Michel, Michel Martelly (Sweet Micky), Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller, President Bill Clinton, Mirlande Manigat, René Préval… Sweet Micky for President is Ben Patterson’s first feature film.  Patterson is the founder of Onslot Creative, where he built a reputation as a soughtafter visual content director for brands and artists. Hosted by Pras Michel, Grammy Award-winner and founder of Fugees.

After the screening, at 10PM at Le Petit Olympia, Pras Michel will host the Festival Kick Off party with various artists and local DJs. $20 in advance.


2015 Official Selection at Sundance International Film Festival

Sunday, October 4, 7PM, Theatre Hall-Concordia | $20

Presented by Fondation Fabienne Colas

Quebec Premiere: This feature-length documentary explores the Black Panther Party, its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought when the movement derailed. Master documentarian Stanley Nelson goes straight to the source, weaving a treasure trove of rare archival footage with the voices of the people who were there: police, FBI informants, journalists, white supporters and detractors, and the Black Panthers who remained loyal to the party and those who left it. Stanley Nelson is Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in August 2014. The festival closing and awards ceremonies will precede the screening. 


Wednesday, September 30, 7PM, D.B. Clarke Theatre (Concordia) | $20

Presented by the Peace Grantmakers Network – in collaboration with Consulat Général des États-Unis à Montréal, Concordia University, Global News Montreal, The Suburban, the Fabienne Colas Foundation

Presented as part of the International Day of Peace, the screening of "Selma," the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people, will precede a panel discussion on The Power of Non-Violence: An interfaith perspective on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with guest of honour, Martin Luther King III. Hosted by Laura Gallo, the panel includes: Révérend Darryl Gray, special assistant to the national president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Victor Goldbloom, President of the Christian Jewish Dialogue of Montreal; Afra Jalabi, Journalist and peace activist; Thupten Jinpa Langri, Writer and English translator to the Dalai Lama.


September 30 – October 4, 5PM-10PM, Former ONF| Free Entry

With the generous support of the Consulate general of the United States in Montreal

A showcase of 25 trailblazing African American women with lasting legacies, including Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman, Alice Walker, Angela Davis and Oprah Winfrey, in a “We Have a Dream” exhibition. The goal of this exhibition is to showcase the stories of African-American women who have made history through their struggles, fights, advocacy and audacity. These women have made the United States and North America a much better place, and serve as excellent role models to inspire others to break down barriers of injustice… and dare to dream a bigger dream.


Presented by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and Transat

The MIBFF Black Market is back with internationally renowned industry professionals, experts, intellectuals, and visionaries. Our guests will share an exciting blend of cutting-edge thinking and real world experience on today’s most critical filmmaking issues. This year, the MIBFF Black Market presents:

– A panel discussion on the realities of North-south co-productions featuring film icons Souleymane Cissé, Abderrahmane Sissako, Moussa Touré and Pierre Magny.

– The Youth and Diversity program’s Cinema without Borders project, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation and presented by Transat, gives five young graduates from Jacmel, Haiti’s Ciné Institute the chance to take advantage of a professional development trip during the MIBFF including master classes, workshops, talks and the chance to meet filmmakers from here and abroad. With the support of l’Inis, l’OJIQ.

– A Jollywood evening featuring the new wave of Haitian film out of Jacmel.

– A tribute to Paul Haggis, Canadian Oscar winning director and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice and David Belle, director and founder of Ciné Institute.


Thursday October 1 and Friday October 2, 9AM-3PM, l’Inis | Free entry for graduates

With the generous support of Transat, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, l’Inis, l’OJIQ, Fabienne Colas Fondation, Ciné Institute

As a part of the Young & Diversity Program established in 2014, the Fabienne Colas Foundation is encouraging young filmmakers to initiate a dialogue in the international audiovisual industry through the Cinema without Borders program. In the first edition of Cinema without Borders, five young graduates of the Ciné Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, have the opportunity to attend professional development activities in Montreal including masterclasses, lectures, film set visits, city tours and film screenings. This is a great chance for young filmmakers to learn and gain exposure. The five graduates will present their work as part of the movie discussion “Jollywood, a new wave of Haitian cinema from Jacmel, Haiti” in the presence of David Belle (director and founder of Ciné Institute) and Paul Haggis (Oscar Winning director and founder of Artists for Peace and Justice). 

The 11th Montreal International Black Film Festival, created by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, will be held from September 29 to October 4, 2015 and is presented by Global News Montreal.

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