Montreal's 2013 International Black Film Festival Celebrates Black Achievement

Montreal is holding its ninth International Black Film Festival of 2013. The Festival committee held a media conference to talk about the Festival events.


The main honoree will be Danny Glover, an academy-award nominated actor. He will pick up the 2013 Montreal International Black Film Festival's Humanitarian Award. Involved as an activist, most recently as a supporter for a transit workers' strike in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has made films with some of Hollywood's top actors, among Mel Gibson, Sally Field, and John Malkovich.

Other honorees are Kim Nguyen, an academy-award nominated director, and Josue Lajeunesse, a Haitian-American activist. Lajeunesse came to public awareness in a featured role in "The Philosopher Kings". He has been recognized for his good works in helping Haitians raise their living standards. Aimé Cesaire, co-founder of the Negritude Movement, will also be honored, he would have reached 100.

Historic milestones will be observed at the Festival, of black Americans, who have made a difference or broken taboos in society. Most symbolic is the 50th commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" sermon, made on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in 1963.

The Festival has an ambitious schedule. It will show 100-plus feature-length-, short-, and documentary films from all over the globe.

A special nod of recognition will be given to Haitian author and actor Mimi Barthélémy, and a panel discussion will be held asking if Quebec films are "too white" in a bi-racial culture.

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