Our First Friday Film Festival (FFFF) is a monthly program that extends the opportunity to view documentary films in Antigonish throughout the fall, winter and spring months. Recent themes included music, dance, art, animal rights, human rights and the environment. Choices include films that express the inherent mystery and intrigue of life, history and circumstances while celebrating challenging, creative and investigative storytelling.
Admission is by donation.
The title of the documentary comes from the story of Nero, Roman emperor 54-68 AD, hosting extravagant parties in his beautiful garden. In order for his guests to enjoy the garden at night he used prisoners as human torches for illumination. Sainath notes it is not Nero’s cruelty that most troubles him; there have been numerous cruel rulers. It is the indifference of Nero’s guests: keeping silent, ignoring that cruelty, while continuing to enjoy the party.
P. Sainath is the founder of People’s Archive of Rural India (the inspiration behind People’s Archive of Rural Nova Scotia) and author of Everybody Loves a Good Drought.
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