2019 FilmFest Schedule

Friday, September 20 7pm | Feature film

Sembene!

Join us FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 7PM for a feature-length screening of the multi-award-winning film Sembene! (2015) — a look at the life and career of Ousman Sembene, the first African to direct feature films. Co-directed by Jason Silverman and Mount Holyoke College professor, Samba Gadjigo, Sembene! weaves together segments of Ousman Sembene’s most famous films with dialogue between him and Samba Gadjigo to present an honest and fascinating profile of the African freedom fighter who used stories as his weapon.

Following the screening will be a post-film discussion with Samba Gadjigo and other panelists from Senegal, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Haiti, and Ashfield (see details below).

WHEN: Friday, September 20th at 7pm
WHERE: At the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street
TICKETS: $6 available through Brown Paper Tickets with a limited supply available at the Ashfield Hardware Store, Elmer's Store in Ashfield, Nolan’s Neighbors in Ashfield, and Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls (available now!).

The Ashfield FilmFest is honored to host an esteemed panel for the post-film discussion for Sembene!. Panelists include:

  1. Samba Gadjigo — Co-Director of Sembene!, Professor of French at Mt. Holyoke College, originally from Senegal

  2. Hawa Tarawally — Activist from Sierra Leone, student at Smith College

  3. Kwame Harrison — Professor of African Studies at Virginia Tech, former Mohawk student, originally from Ghana

  4. Roberta Wilmore — Activist and Diversity Educator from Ashfield

  5. Yves Salomon-Fernandez — Current President of Greenfield Community College, originally from Haiti

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The panel will be moderated by Buz Eisenberg — Human Rights attorney and Ashfield Town Moderator.

Saturday, september 21 7pm | competition shorts

Join us SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 7PM for a screening of our 13th Annual Traditional Competition Shorts — original short films (5min or less) made by community members from across the Hilltowns and beyond. Competition shorts will be reviewed by a panel of Judges and receive cash prizes in an array of categories: Best Documentary, Best Narrative Feature, Best Youth-Made Film, and more; along with an Audience Choice Award and Grand Prize of $400 for best in all categories. See full list of awards.

WHEN: Saturday, September 21st at 7pm
WHERE: At the Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main Street
TICKETS: $6 available through Brown Paper Tickets with a limited supply available at the Ashfield Hardware Store, Elmer's Store in Ashfield, Nolan’s Neighbors in Ashfield, and Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls (available now!).