This past week’s turmoil has meant many cancellations and postponements. But curfew or no, it seems that the Maryland Film Festival is on track to proceed as scheduled. And we’re tremendously grateful. This annual smorgasbord of cinema is not only fun, it’s educational and inspiring. The films (and filmmakers) come from all over the country and all over the world–making for marvelously diverse programming every day of the festival. One film being highlighted by the festival is Stanley Nelson’s latest documentary: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This will be the film’s Baltimore premiere, which seems particularly timely as our city takes a serious look at where we are on the path to a truly just and equitable society. This film seeks to unpack and tell a story that’s often left out of narratives on American history, and to tell it fully, with no room for misunderstandings. The opportunity to see this film in the theater doesn’t come around everyday (clearly), so we recommend seizing the moment. And of course, the same goes for all the rest of the offerings at this year’s festival. There’s just so much to take in.
The Maryland Film Festival takes place May 6-10. For more information, tickets, or complete listings, visit www.mdfilmfest.com.