brings Mountain Film Festival
Express Arts Editor
way of acquiescence leads to moral and spiritual suicide. The way of
violence leads to bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the
destroyers. But, the way of nonviolence leads to redemption and the
creation of the beloved community."
the words of Martin Luther King Jr. after a visit to India in 1959. They
are, perhaps, as relevant today as they were then; maybe more so.
celebrate King’s birthday, Monday, Jan. 21, The Community School is
bringing the Mountain Film Festival to its theater Wednesday, Jan. 23,
through Friday, Jan. 25. During the day, students of The Community School
and students throughout the Blaine County school system will view the
films and participate in discussions afterward.
will be screened nightly at 7 p.m. for the general public.
program of the Mountain Film Festival comprises 17 films: a number of
shorts and one feature slotted for each night.
There is a
wide array of films, many with a theme of cultural awareness, others
focusing more on outdoor adventurers and their exploits.
Wittington, director of the Middle School, said he would like the students
who participate in the day program, and adults for that matter, to come
away with more than a sense of tolerance. He stressed that
"acceptance" might be a more relevant term in today’s cultural
climate. Tolerance might be the requisite first step in achieving King’s
"dream." But "acceptance" is ultimately necessary if,
as King said in his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, his four
children are to" … one day live in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their
features to be shown during the festival are "Berserk in the
Antarctic," "The Great Dance: A Hunter’s Story" and
details the experiences of a 19-year-old, inexperienced sailor who sets
sail from his native Norway to Antarctica.
Great Dance" is the story of Nqate, a hunter in the Kalahari Desert
of Southern Africa. The film reveals a culture and life very different
from what most may be familiar with.
night feature, "Vision Man," looks at the essential elements of
the life of a Greenlander. Utuniarsuak Avike is 87 years old and his
memories provide a bridge between a traditional culture and the modern
a number of short films will be shown with the feature. Some of the shorts
slotted for the festival include, "Ode to Avalanche," by Ken
Bailey; "Skiing on Pine Needles," a film about Dick Durrance;
"Shroud of Silence: Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan"; and
"First Base: Angels of Gravity," a film about Norwegian
base-jumper Andre Bach.
highlight of the festival will be a presentation Friday night by Dr. Geoff
Tabin. Tabin is an opthamologist and mountaineer who has performed over
10,000 cataract surgeries for patients in Nepal.
discussion by Tabin will touch on how one person can make a difference in
the world, how to prepare oneself for service to humanity and what someone
like Tabin gains from his work.
$30 for a three-day pass or $12 for a day pass.