About the Festival


Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival 2021



What is possible when we choose to align ourselves with others? How can we forge bonds across seemingly cavernous divides? What personal and collective transformations emerge when we rise above our own concerns and strive to see the world through others’ eyes? The 28th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival explores the power and promise of Alliances, presenting an international program of documentary, narrative, and experimental films, from the United States, Puerto Rico, Iran, France, Egypt, Brazil, and South Korea, that offer compelling visions of connection with people, ecologies, and ideas. With an eye to the shadow side of alliances—flawed or failed alliances, or misguided or malign confederacies—the films this season address themes of community, solidarity, and partnerships for social justice, environmental advocacy, and other endeavors to achieve a common good or confront a prevailing ill. Join us this spring in a celebration of films that spark empathy, bridge difference, and inspire dedication to dreams held in common.

This season’s MMFF will be entirely online.  Weekly screenings will be via on-demand streaming in the days preceding the livestream discussion and Q&A with filmmakers and guests. Livestream events will be each Wednesday beginning February 17 and continuing to April 7. All films are accompanied by critical, contextualizing introductions by scholars and filmmakers.  All events— screenings, introductions, audience Q&As and conversations with filmmakers and guests—are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, livestream events begin at 7:30pm. Due to varying time zones for guests, some livestream events will be scheduled earlier in the day and be recorded for those unable to attend the earlier time.

Access to films, critical introductions, and livestream discussions and Q&As with filmmakers will all be available through the festival platform mmff.sparqfest.live with full festival schedule and more information on our website umass.edu/film/mmff.

The 28th annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival is directed by Daniel Pope with Nefeli Forni, Assistant Curator, and presented by the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Barbara Zecchi, Program Director.

In times of widening divisions—seek Alliances.



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