Available Online November 1st-30th
AWARD WINNING FILM
DIRECTOR MICAH LEVIN
A documentary about Keith, an aspiring songwriter, who for 20 years had a creatively obsessive correspondence with music icon Ani DiFranco. He believed her poersonal replies to him were encoded in her song lyrics. Dear Ani shares his unforgettable story of connection through music, art, and mania that questions what is true and what is fantasy.
DIRECTORIAL DEBUT BY
A film about a family’s silent struggles with mental health care in immigrant communities. In his forties, the director’s father was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spent two years in and out of a psychiatric hospital. This film documents the director’s first time having an open and honest conversation with her family about his diagnosis that she never could as a child.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this vital movement. Join us today in our mission to make a difference!
We believe that through the power of film, we can raise awareness, foster empathy, and inspire change. Let's come together and support a world where people with mental health challenges are understood, accepted, and embraced for who they are.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this vital movement. Join us today in our mission to make a difference!
The Au Contraire Film Festival is an initiative of Urban Pardes, a Canadian registered charity whose greater mission is assisting individuals, who, due to their mental illness, are having difficulty moving forward and recovering their lives.
Recognizing the power of creative expression as a catalyst that inspires Montreal citizens to take action, Urban Pardes, through the Au Contraire Film Festival, strives to dispel stereotypes and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
TheAu Contraire Film Festivalis dedicated to promoting a more enlightened perspective and showcasing films that explore the complexities and realities of living with mental health challenges.
Too often, movies can stigmatize or distort mental health concerns, making characters with an issue seem different from everyone else. As a result, people who deal with these issues every day can end up feeling ostracized.
Join us in our mission to break down stereotypes and challenge stigmatizing attitudes towards mental illness. The Au Contraire Film Festival is dedicated to promoting a more enlightened perspective and showcasing films that explore the complexities and realities of mental health.
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The audience will get a chance to experience the incredible resilience of those featured in the films as well as the healing power of love, family and community and the sublimating power of art! And they will be entertained!
ACFF Curator, Programming Director