AFF’s 2016 slate includes films from 22 different countries, representing a diverse arena of interests ranging from hand-hewn wooden boats in the Grenadines to hand-painted wooden synagogues in Poland. Our films star African-American poets and activists, scientists taking action against climate change, search and rescue dogs, and goldfish, among others. We’ll tackle the politics of hair, the controversy of government informants and surveillance, and the uncomfortable realization that a self-professed opera star is utterly tone deaf. We’re ready to talk movie!
Big News…the Opening Night film will be screened in Mitscher Hall at the United States Naval Academy on March 31. More details to come but in the meantime, please remember passes (on sale now) include this film.
We are not supposed to be talking about the films yet but check out a couple of these…
From This Day Forward
When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother to accept but the marriage endured. As the family reunites to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how they survived the changes that threatened to tear them apart.
One of the last shipwrights in the Grenadines, Alwyn Enoe practices a trade passed down the generations from the original Scottish settlers who arrived on the islands in the 19th century. Approaching his 70’s and with no more orders coming in, he decides to build one last wooden sailing sloop with the hope that his sons will continue the trade.
Climate: A Few Degrees Less
Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, has a mission: he wants to keep the world temperature from rising by more than two degrees before 2050. If the temperature rises more than these two degrees, the Earth is bound to experience climate-caused disasters. How can scientists organize and compel governments around the globe to act before it’s too late?