https://aiffest.org/program Capitol Theatre
204 Mass Ave
Arlington, Massachusetts 02474
Art, Festivals & Fairs, History, LGBTQ+, Movies
THURSDAY // NOVEMBER 3
7:00 PM ‘HONORING the STRENGTH of WOMEN’
Master of Ceremonies & Moderator, Crystal Haynes, Emmy award-winning journalist and weekend anchor for Boston 25 News.
THE SCAPEGOAT (26 MIN)
Tathagata Ghosh | India | 201 | Nar | NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE
Director’s Statement: “In 2019 the Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, shocking many Indians. Though on paper it might look otherwise, the bill is basically India’s new ‘anti-Muslim’ law. Even the United Nations Human Rights Office has condemned the act and has referred to it as ‘fundamentally discriminatory in nature. With the rise of extremist Hindu nationalists in my country, minorities are facing increasing threats with every passing day. I believe that the wrongdoings in my society need to be called out immediately and only then can we rise above the ashes as one single community. Making this film is my way of saying that the world deserves only one religion-Humanity!”
Awards: Best Int’l Short Mosaic Int’l South Asian FF, Canada; Mia Eh’Desh Courage Award for Best Narrative Short, North Dakota Human Rights FF, ND, USA and numerous international screenings as an Official Selection.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT (58 MIN)
Jaclyn O'Laughlin | USA | 2021 | Doc | THEATER PREMIERE
A historical documentary about the 72-year battle that women fought to achieve the right to vote in the United States, HOW LONG MUST WE WAIT focuses on the events in 1917 that led to the imprisonment and brutal treatment of suffragists in a prison in Lorton, Virginia. This was considered a turning point in the suffrage campaign, which helped turn public tide and ultimately led to the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. While that was a huge victory, the film also focuses on the fact that there is still much work left to be done in the fight for women's equal rights.
Panel Discussion: Filmmaker Jaclyn O’Laughlin; Executive Director MA League of Women Voters, Patricia Comfort; President/CEO/Founding Member of MA Women of Color Coalition Inc., Celia Johnson Blue; and Sheila Ramirez, Director of Health Policy and Government Relations for Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
OPENING NIGHT SPONSORED BY
NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, WINCHESTER
After-Party at Town Tavern Restaurant (VIP Ticket & Festival Pass Holders Invited)