MASSACHUSETTS MULTICULTURAL FILM FESTIVAL
Presenting the best of new fiction, documentary and experimental filmmaking by international filmmakers, the MMFF seeks to cultivate an appreciation of film and the moving image, to inspire audiences to a deeper understanding of the world's cultures through film, and to celebrate past, present and future achievements of international filmmaking within a university setting. Our culturally diverse films are screened for the benefit of students, faculty, and the interested public, with critical introductions by scholars and filmmakers. See the current festival and our archive of past festivals.
The entertaining and provocative selection for the 21st Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival “Reality Narratives,” explores the blurred boundaries between documentary and fiction that have been present since the birth of cinema and that constitute a major conceptual force in contemporary filmmaking. Hosting nine filmmakers who will be present for discussion, our festival program observes the hybrid, amalgamated spaces between these genres, juxtaposing methodologies and narratives that blend the “factual” with the “fictional.” In so doing, the festival raises ethical questions about the “truth claims” and “reality principles” of a wide-ranging, eclectic body of international cinema, recasting conventional definitions and distinctions in a variety of works and styles.
All events are free and open to the public.
Presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Catherine Portuges, Curator; Assistant Curators: Daniel Pope, and Barry Spence. Brochure and web design: Daniel Pope. 129 Herter Annex, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, tel. (413) 545-3659, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Festival screenings at UMass Amherst are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, all screenings are held in the Isenberg School of Management Flavin Family Auditorium (137 SOM) at 7:30pm on Wednesday evenings. For full listings and up-to-date changes please consult our website at: www.umass.edu/film.
A one-credit colloquium (COMM 296F) is available to undergraduate students. UMass Amherst students may enroll through SPIRE. For information or Five College enrollment, please contact colloquium faculty supervisor Prof. Anne Ciecko, Communication, UMass Amherst, tel. (413) 545-6348, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Wish to Thank...
The festival is made possible by the generous support of many departments, programs, colleges, and individuals at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges, and beyond.
UMass Amherst: College of Humanities & Fine Arts; College of Social & Behavioral Sciences; UMass Arts Council, Arts in a Series.
With additional support from:
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival; Institute for Holocaust, Genocide & Memory Studies; Women’s Philanthropy, A Division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts; Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; UMass Department of Environmental Conservation & the College of Natural Sciences.