The ninth annual Boulder International Film Festival starts this Thursday, February 14, and continues through Sunday, February 17. This year’s BIFF, which MovieMaker magazine called “one of the coolest film festivals in the world”, will show 47 films from all over the world — features, documentaries, shorts, animated films, and all kinds of cinema you won’t see anywhere else.
Nine features have earned the Call2action tag—films that delve into the environmental and social issues that affect us all, and that generate the kind of social action that is at the heart of the Jewish concept of tikkun olam.
Call2action films are co-presented by BIFF and community groups, and feature post-film discussions in the nearby Call2action tent with filmmakers and presenters. You may find these three to be of special interest, but complete info can be found here:
“A Fierce Green Fire” documents the turbulent and controversial 50-year history of the environmental movement. Showing Friday at 9:30 at the Boulder Theater, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.
“Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture” tells the story of E. Gene Smith, a Utah Mormon who dedicated his life to preserving some of the endangered ancient texts of Tibetan Buddhism. Showing on Friday at noon at the Boulder Theater, followed by a discussion with the director.
“The New Public” is a brilliant documentary about the creation of a brand new charter school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York. Saturday at 2:30 at Boulder High School, followed by a session with the filmmakers and subjects of the film.