By Jason Doyle
For over 30 years the Lethbridge International Film Festival has been showing top quality movies. The movies have a connection to Canada and Alberta as a whole.
LIFF committee member Sheila Braund says that over 30 years in any city is a big deal “For years we have been showing films that deal with Canadian and International issues, so people have an idea of what’s happening in the world.”
The film festival starts on Monday March 16th and will run until the 20th at The Lethbridge Public Library in the Theater Gallery. The movies that will be played are Timbuktu, Inequality for All, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Secret Trail 5 and Tashi and the Monk. Timbuktu was nominated at the 2015 Oscars for best Foreign Language Film.
The film Secret Trail 5 is the tragic story about five Muslim men detained under Canadian Government’s security will have discussion period afterword’s with Sophie Harkat and Dr. Maureen Duffy. This discussion will give the view public the opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding on why the events happened. Anyone can join the discussion.
The President of the film festival Trevor Page says that the qualities of film hasn’t changed. “The quality of the films has not really changed, we offer films that deal with issues that anyone can relate to”.
The film festival has had an increase in people coming that they had to turn people away do the number of seats at the public library theatre room. Trevor and the LIFF mentioned that they are looking for a bigger space to hold more people. Admission to the showings are free of charge.