Darío Grandinetti plays Pope Francis in the movie, Francisco – El Padre Jorge, to be screened at the CANA Film Festival.

For a week in September, film buffs will be able to watch a myriad of feature and short films gleaned locally and worldwide at the second edition of the CANA Film Festival (CFF).

This year, the festival boasts 23 films, post-screening panel discussions, film master classes, live performances, an art exhibition by local artists, and a bazaar and food market run by social enterprises. 

The biennial festival, to be held from Sept 7-13, aims to bring noteworthy independent films that espouse the universality of Catholic social teachings through depictions of good versus evil, friendship, hope and disappointment, life, love and loss. 
 CFF started in 2014 as a two-day event. Festival director Winifred Loh, who conceived the idea, “Film can be a force for social good. It is a medium that is able to build a bridge between culture, religion and circumstance through the power of storytelling. It helps us to develop greater empathy, to appreciate the struggle of life and to celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.”

She hopes the festival will inspire deeper reflection among the audience on the issue of universal humanity.

The festival opens with the feature film premiere of Francisco – El Padre Jorge at Golden Village VivoCity. The film is based on the book by Elisabetta Pique. Starring Darío Grandinetti as Pope Francis, the film shows the life of Jorge Mario Bergoglio from his early childhood days in Argentina to his becoming pope.
Proceeds from ticket sales for this will go to Agape Village and the Cenacle Sisters.

Other festival highlights include Above the Clouds, which was specially chosen to reach out to youths and young adults to offer an alternative to commercial Hollywood movies, according to the organisers.

The film is about 15-year-old Andy who loses his parents in a flood and is forced to live with his estranged grandfather.

Another festival offering is the highly awarded film Panay, which tells the story of the indigenous tribal people in Taiwan and the journey of the protagonist towards self-discovery.

These films will be screened at The Catholic Centre, Waterloo Street.

The festival will also have a new fringe element to be held on Sept 12 at Agape Village. Primarily architected and driven by youth volunteers, the fringe festival is a smorgasbord of various activities to make it a fun day for the whole family. There will be an art exhibition, live performances, a bazaar and food market.

Fore more information and to buy tickets, visit http://www.canafilmfest.com/.

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