Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival
What is possible when we align ourselves with others? How can we join hands across seemingly cavernous divides? What personal and collective transformations emerge when we rise above our own concerns and strive to see the world through others’ eyes? The 28th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival explores the power and promise of Alliances, presenting an international program of documentary, narrative, and experimental films, from the United States, Puerto Rico, Iran, France, Egypt, Brazil, and South Korea, that pose compelling visions of connection with people, ecologies, and ideas. With an eye also to the shadow side of alliances—failures of alliance, or misguided or malignant confederacies—the films this season address themes of community, solidarity, and partnerships for social justice, environmental advocacy, and other endeavors to achieve a common good or confront a prevailing ill. Join us this spring in a celebration of films that spark empathy, bridge difference, and inspire dedication to dreams held in common.
This season’s MMFF screenings and events will be entirely online. Weekly screenings will be via on-demand streaming in the days preceding the livestream discussion and Q&A with filmmakers and guests. Livestream events will be each Wednesday beginning February 17 and continuing to April 7. All films are accompanied by critical, contextualizing introductions by scholars and filmmakers. All events— screenings, introductions, audience Q&As and conversations with filmmakers and guests—are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, livestream events begin at 7:30pm. Due to varying time zones for guests, some livestream events will be scheduled earlier in the day and be recorded for those unable to attend the earlier time.
The 28th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is directed by Daniel Pope with Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki, Assistant Curator, and presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Barbara Zecchi, Program Director.
A note on COVID-19 preparedness:
The Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is closely monitoring the developments of the novel coronavirus and is following University procedures. The festival will be entirely online this year. See the UMass Amherst coronavirus information page for updates.