Day One at HIFF 2012 begins with the east-coast premier of SAW Video’s “Public Domain” program on Tuesday April 10 at 7:00PM at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax (2203 Gottingen Street). A Q&A session with a participating artist will follow this screening. This is a FREE Event!

“Public Domain” originated as a video commissioning project of SAW Video, a media art centre in Ottawa. Seven artists were selected from a national call for proposals to create videos drawn from archival films, photographs and audio recordings held in the collection of Library and Archives Canada. Over the course of a year, SAW Video assisted the artists with the process of researching and collecting materials for use in their work. The completed projects bring a critical perspective to the found materials, reflecting on themes of appropriation, memory, fragility and identity. Public Domain has been touring a number of venues across Canada, the USA, and the UK in 2011-12. Watch The Trailer

During the second part of the evening HIFF will present “The Forgotten Space” at 9:00PM, also at the Bus Stop Theatre in Halifax (2203 Gottingen Street). Tickets for this screening: $5 Student & Senior / $7 General Admission

“An epic view and urgent analysis of the follies of global capitalism, The Forgotten Space is a prime example of essayistic and political cinema. It creates a complex tapestry of powerful images and language.” –Mike Hoolboom

This film is directed by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch. The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss. The Forgotten Space follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete. Watch the Trailer

After these two great screenings, stay for drinks and nibblies, and help us ring in the start of a new HIFF at the 2012 Opening Reception. This is a FREE Event – and the fun begins at 10:30PM if you’d like to join us!

We will also celebrate the launch of local professor and author Jerry White’s new book “Revisioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner” (published by University of Calgary Press).

Why not? Its a Tuesday after all – it’ll be a blast!

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