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The film Denis will close the Montreal International Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of the festival)

The film Denis will close the Montreal International Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of the festival)

Montreal is a film buff’s paradise, where major film fests seem to take place back to back.

In its ninth edition, the Montreal International Black Film Festival takes place September 18 to 29. It holds a special significance, coming one month after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The biggest black film festival in Canada, MIBFF’s mission is to shine a light on black realities and diversity on the world stage.

More than 100 films from around the world will be screened, many of which will be premiered, including features, mid-length and shorts, documentaries and narrative films.

The opening film, Chasing Shakespeare, stars Hollywood legend Danny Glover, and Graham Greene and Tantoo Cardinal, two of Canada’s best-known aboriginal actors. It tells the story of a young Native American woman’s search for her destiny and her widower husband’s attempts to reunite with her after her death. The film has created buzz from international film festivals and has won several awards.

As well, Danny Glover, who is also an activist will be honoured with this year’s MIBFF’s 2013 Humanitarian Award on the festival’s opening night for his extraordinary humanitarian contributions and dedication to the fight against global injustice and inequality.

For information on events and programming: 514-882-3334 , montrealblackfilm.com.

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