HIFF Dailies • Day Two

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Is everyone up? Great, because the sun has risen on day two of HIFF! 

Last night, we kicked things off with a celebration at our Opening Night Reception before enjoying two fantastic films, Une Colonie and La Casa Lobo, and taking in two inspiring Q&As from their respective creators. 

Today we've got a full day of Masterclass presentations, one-on-one filmmaker meetings, and two more incredible feature screenings coming your way. 

At 7 pm, we'll begin our second night of films with Khalik Allah's staggeringly beautiful Black Mother. Allah's second feature is an honest, unblinking rumination on Jamaica's people and past. Don't miss this important work from the artist Richard Brody of The New Yorker called "one of the most original cinematographers of our time." Following the screening, Allah will join us live in Neptune Scotiabank Stage Theatre to take questions from the audience.

Next up we've got Répertoire des villes disparues at 9 pm. Indiewire's David Ehrlich called the film "a pointedly modern portrait of a place that's come unstuck in time." Répertoire des villes disparues is the latest genre-bending film from acclaimed Canadian director Denis Côté, and we're thrilled to have him in attendance for a live Q&A after the screening as well!

Passes will be available for pick-up in the Neptune lobby an hour before each screening, and individual tickets will be on sale at the door for $12.


3 pm • HIFF Masterclass — Joaquín Cociña (La Casa Lobo)

7 pm•
Black Mother dir. Khalik Allah

           USA • 2018 • Documentary • 77 mins.

9 pm
• Répertoire des villes disparues dir. Denis Côté

           In French with English subtitles

           Canada • 2019 • Feature • 97 mins.


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Where are you from originally?

West side of Cape Breton Island. 

What was the inspiration for the film you’re presenting at HIFF?

When I lived in Halifax I did BJJ [Brazillian Jiu Jitsu] at a gym called Fitplus. I also attended local fight events occasionally. I’m still enthusiastic and curious about small fight communities like the one in Halifax. 

How did you get your start as a filmmaker?

I dropped out of university and bought a camera, then I put that camera on a shelf for two years, then I bought my friend a case of beer to have him sit for an on-camera interview. 

What’s your most memorable theatre-going experience and why?

I’ve been told that facing your anxieties will eventually diminish them, but I think the first time I presented at HIFF I may have done irreparable damage to my brain. I’ve also had many lovely experiences — a couple “experimental” screenings I’ve been included in over the last year have been special, and last year at HIFF I left feeling good about the community I’m sort of in. 

HIFF's Atlantic Auteurs shorts program— Friday, June 14 at 9 pm
This film will screen along with ten other works made by established and up-and-coming filmmakers from across the region. See the full program here. 

View our 2019 trailer below to get a sneak peek at this year's selections:


HIFF wouldn't be possible without the generous support of community partners like Strange Adventures Comics & Curiosities — the award-winning shop that's been helping build comics collections since 1992! Thanks for all that you do.

About HIFF

Now in its 13th year, HIFF provides a unique venue for filmmakers and media artists to share their work in a forum dedicated to the celebration of independent cinema. Since its inception, HIFF has showcased the Atlantic region's most innovative works alongside the films of acclaimed visiting artists. As a filmmaker's festival, HIFF brings the directors of the works we show to Halifax in order to create opportunities for them to connect directly with audiences and local artists through hosted Q+A's, artist talks and workshops. HIFF also presents a number of professional development initiatives, designed to assist local filmmakers with improving their skills and getting their films programmed at festivals around the world.   


HIFF is made possible with support from AFCOOP, the province of Nova Scotia, Canadian Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, the City of Halifax, The Coast and Telefilm Canada.

ABOUT AFCOOP: Established in 1974 the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP) is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of independent film and moving image-based work in a collaborative, learning environment.

AFCOOP operates with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax.