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Arlington International Film Festival in 2020: All online

UPDATED, Nov. 15: Welcome to the 10th annual Arlington International Film Festival -- all online from Nov. 5 through 15. Watch any of the films at any time. See the film program here >>

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RECOMMENDED: Don't miss "Pilatus" and "Anton."Biana Bova with winning poster, 2020.

This year's films celebrate the art of music and dance featuring creative artists: Finnish choreographer and dancer Tero Saarinen; Brazilian composer/singer Dorival Caymmi, who revolutionized the music that led to the  Bossa Nova and the Portuguese singers in Lisbon who express life through the art form of the Fado.  

Ecological topics affecting our planet such ,as wildfires and the exhaustion of natural resources, are documented in the films "Leben mit dem Feuer" (The Village & the Wildfire) and "Sockeye Salmon" (Red Fish).

Dynamics of aging are addressed creatively in the Hungarian narratives "Pilatus" and "Elders," a short.

The festival has several films from around the world that have LGBTQ themes -- "La Rafaga" (The Gust). Filmed in Puerto Rico, it is not only cinematically beautiful but emotionally astute and touching. 

Political topics include "Comrad Dov," a portrait of an Israeli member of the Knesset determined not to be derailed from following his conscious, and "It Grande Presidente" (The Great President), an aspiration for lawmakers coupled with an Italian short narrative satire.

Numerous social-justice issues are addressed in this year's festival, ranging from veterans with PTSD in "Mustang Saviors," the American-Indian adoption era in "Blood Memory," Chinese labor camps in "Finding Courage," to the holocaust in "An Inconvenient Time" and "The Mirror."

Immigration is an issue for countries around the world, and this year's winner of Best Documentary Feature is "Omar and Us" by Turkish directors Maryna Er Gorbach and Mehmet Bahadir Er.    

In addition, two animation programs, a multitude of shorts programs and the Student Film Program demonstrate the creative ingenuity of 21st-century indie filmmakers. 

Rooted Winds
 Sockeye Salmon
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – 'Sockeye Salmon' (Red Fish)
 DORIVAL CAYMMI – The Sounds of Life
'Dorival Caymmi'
(The Sounds of Life) 
NIGHT AND DAY (11 MIN) Peter Anthony | 2019 | USA | Doc'Night and Day'
Omar: Best Narrative FeatureOmar: Best Narrative Feature


Norm Anderson
Norm Anderson, director of 
The Donout Dollies'
Thomas Braudt
Thomas Braudt, director of '
The Hustle is Real'
Dan Sullivan and Chris
producers of
'Miyamoto and the
Machine: The Story of KenKen'
Peter Anthony
Peter Anthony, director
of 'Night and Day'
Adrian Atwood, director of 'A Fellow American'
Adrian Atwood, director
of 'A Fellow American'
Cara Feinberg, director of 'Lockshop'
Cara Feinberg, director
of 'Lockshop'
Eric Stange, director of 'Activized'
Eric Stange of Arlington,
director of 'Activized'
  Eliezer Katzoff, director of 
Eliezer Katzoff, director
of  "The Sand Castle'
Adam Mazo and Ben
Pender-Cudlip are
co-directors of the
short documentary,
'Dear Georgina'

 AIFF ONLINE is honored to be screening several films by Massachusetts filmmakers and producers, most from the greater Boston area. Acknowledging the exceptional work that is being done in our state by established as well as emerging folks in the film industry, we present these filmmakers that have made films that promote the mission of AIFF. 

Oct. 5, 2020: Voices of youth

This news announcement, which includes opinion, was published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. The information is from an AIFF newsletter. Updated Nov. 15.

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