Here is the full schedule for the seventh Arlington International Film Festival, set for Thursday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Capitol Theatre.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
INTRODUCTION TO THE FESTIVAL, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
HONK: A Festival of Activist Street Bands (7 mins)
Patrick Johnson, Director USA | 2016 | Doc
Honk! is a festival of activist street bands that reclaim public spaces with their brash sound, political messages, and outrageous community oriented performances. Originating in Somerville, MA and celebrating its 10th anniversary, the festival has spread to cities throughout the world. Listen to conversations with festival organizers and participants and watch them work their magic through music with the goal of making a cultural impact on the world. Featuring Boston’s own international jazz musician, Ken Fields.
SHADOWGRAM (66 mins)
August Contento, Director | Italy | 2016 | Doc | US PREMIERE
Shadowgram is a film capturing the memory of African-Americans living in the South Side of Chicago, 50 years after the abolition of the ignominious Jim Crow Laws; what has changed? One of the most challenging of African-American neighborhoods in the US, the South Side has a reputation for poverty and crime. Italian Director, Contento says of the city, “Cosmopolitan Chicago with its futuristic architecture and modern gastronomy, is light years away from the South Side, an economic and cultural distance that mirrors an absent of public politic.” As Europe experiences major social changes, Contento looks to the US to explore issues of social integration and equal rights…progress or the lack thereof. The film features a cross-section of people - a psychiatrist, an administrator, a teacher and a hip-hop artist to name a few, who reminisce about their childhood, reflect on the hopes of generations gone by and their influence on current daily life.
Shadowgram was scheduled to be screened at the United Nations meeting of the High Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, March of 2017 in commemoration of the Worldwide Day in Defense of Human Rights. The screening was canceled upon request of the Trump administration.
Shadowgram has received the UNESCO Worldwide Patronage – The Route of Slaves recognition for its intense research on African-American heritage and community and is supported by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights.
Panel Discussion – Participants to be announced
10:00 PM – Midnight
After-Party at Bistro Duet Restaurant (VIP Ticket & Festival Pass Holders Invited)
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