Durham Film Festival presents final film with Whitby drive-in showing of Falls Around Her to mark Orange Shirt Day


Published September 30, 2021 at 1:12 pm

The final screening of the 2021 Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) is tonight with two powerful films directed by Indigenous women to mark Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Charlene Moore’s Chocolate is an experimental short film reflecting on capitalism, colonialism, and our responsibility to protect the earth for future generations. The short will be followed by Darlene Naponse’s feature film Falls Around Her.

Both screenings will be held at the Town of Whitby’s Municipal Building (south parking lot), with show time at dusk.

The annual festival had to move away from its traditional format due to the ongoing pandemic and decided on a drive-in format for the 2021 season, which ran from June until tonight’s final screening.

DRIFF selected five dynamic filmmakers who have made a mark nationwide through their feature films for this year’s festival program, which has a theme of Shifting the Narrative.

Each filmmaker then selected a short film by an emerging filmmaker to screen prior to the feature presentation.

The result was a program of stories that touch upon migration and deportation, losing yourself and finding your voice, strength in pride, and pride from strength.

The show starts, as with all drive-ins, at sunset, with arrival times from 6 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.

Tickets are $15 and are good for as many guests as your vehicle has seat belts. There will be accessible washrooms available on site.

For trailers and more, visit driff.ca/shifting-the-narrative-creative-spirit

The next iteration of DRIFF’s fall festival will run September 29 – October 1, 2022.

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