The inaugural Halifax Black Film Festival will launch with a gala screening of the feature-length documentary Maya Angelou and Still I Rise on Mar. 4.
Halifax is the third black film festival opened by the Fabienne Colas Foundation in Canada.
In 2005, the foundation created the Montreal International Black Film Festival, which became Canada’s largest black film festival and in 2013, also launched the Toronto Black Film Festival.
According to a news release, the festival's mandate is to provide an opportunity for filmmakers "to shine the spotlight on authentic stories that reflect the realities of black experiences."
"Combined with the expertise of our Halifax team, we will use those 17 years of experience and success in Montreal and Toronto to make the Halifax Black Film Festival a destination for culture lovers in the city," said festival president and founder Fabienne Colas.