BOSTON SPRINGS A FETHIVAL 2017: Belmont World Film series starts tonight

Belmont World Film begins their spring series of films tonight at the StudioCinema in Belmont. The BWF series, which started in 2002, promotes cross-cultural understanding through film screenings accompanied by discussions led by expert speakers, cultural performances, and ethnic cuisine, and is known for showcaseing a variety of film styles and genres during their annual series, and this year is no exception.

Things kick off for 2017 with the Massachusetts premiere of the Academy-Award nominated Tanna, directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, who will appear to speak via a Skype hookup. Here’s the synopsis from the BWF official website:

One of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film! A film about the universally transformative power of love and a heartfelt story about a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair, and the transition from the old ways to the new among the Yakel tribe of the Vanuatu Islands in the Pacific. Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel, one of a number of villages in Tanna’s central mountain chain that have held on to their fully traditional lifestyle, maintaining its belief system and social structure despite contact with the modern world.

The film will screen at 7:30 PM; you can purchase tickets here.

The screening will be preceded by an optional dinner catered by Cooking Culture/Trillfoods and featuring the cuisine of the Vanuatu islands. Dinner tickets are $29 and must be purchased by March 17 at 6 PM, no exceptions. The dinner is separate from the film screening; you must purchase tickets to both dinner and film if you want to attend both – dinner tickets are not acceptable for the film screening. You can purchase dinner tickets here.

In addition to tonight’s show, BWF will host screenings this year on 3/27, 4/3, 4/9, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, and 5/16, all at Belmont’s StudioCinema at 376 Trapelo Road.

Here’s to another great year for Belmont World Film, and don’t forget, we will be covering it as part of Subject:CINEMA‘s huge “Boston Springs A Fethival”  two -show weekend May 20-21 as well – don’t you dare miss it!