LETHBRIDGE - The 33rd annual Lethbridge International Film Festival gets underway in one week (March 19-24) at the Downtown Lethbridge Public Library location, featuring not only one locally made film, but also several selections from around the world.
Festival President Trevor Page says some of the biggest issues the world is facing include conservation, climate change, food security, migration and the threat of a war with North Korea are part of this year's theme "Issues of Our Time."
Lethbridge wildlife photographer and filmmaker Rick Andrews' film "Wildlife of the Old Man River" will be one of the featured documentaries.
"It shows the beautiful areas we have right on our doorstep," says Page, "The wildlife there, and if we don't conserve them, we're going to lose them."
Other documentaries include "An Inconvenient Sequel," former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore's sequel to "An Inconvenient Truth," "Human Flow," by Director and Chinese activist Ai Weiwei which follows the lives of millions of refugees and migrants around the world, and "The Secret State of North Korea," which Page will supplement with slides of his own.
"I opened the UN office back in 1995 and was posted there for a year. I actually didn't have that much difficulty taking photos because I told the North Koreans that goes with the job. Of course, I wasn't taking photographs of sensitive thing, but just daily life. But these are the things that people don't see much of about North Korea."
Page says there will be a guided discussion after each film is shown and there's even a plan to include a few refugees who are now living in Lethbridge, in the post-documentary discussion of "Human Flow."
"We hope to have group discussions, if those refugees do in fact come along as we're planning. So, they'll be able to tell some of their personal stories as well."
Admission to the films is free, but seating is limited.
Showtime is 7 p.m. for the Monday to Friday features, and 2 p.m. for the Saturday matinee. Donations are also welcome.
For previews on each film go to http://www.liffs.org/
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