International Freethought Film Festival offers mind-opening new perspectives in filmmaking

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Still from Hard to Believe
  • Still from Hard to Believe
You can be excused if you feel all movied out after the conclusion of last week’s epic Florida Film Festival, but film fans – particularly doc hawks (let’s just pretend that’s a thing) – should be aware that the International Freethought Film Festival, returning to the Gallery at Avalon Island this weekend, offers plenty of reasons to jump back into binge mode. Focusing on films that challenge basic assumptions about society, the festival is an all-you-can-watch buffet for those who like their film perspectives a little outré. In addition to plenty of shorts, this year’s features examine subjects like sex workers in Guam (Exotic), Chinese government-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from political dissidents (Hard to Believe, pictured), and a look at a Jewish anti-Zionist movement (Jews Step Forward). In addition to screenings, the festival also offers Q&As with filmmakers and both opening night and closing night parties – ambitious for a three-day festival.

5 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday | The Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave. | freethoughtfilmfest.org | $10-$35


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