January 18-24, 2019

Big Picture Theater

48 Carroll Road, Waitsfield VT 05673



16 years of “Films For Thought”

The 16th Annual MountainTop Film Festival — a human rights film festival in honor or Martin Luther King, Jr., once again offers a diverse program of documentary and dramatic films and special events, addressing social and environmental issues from around the world. With growing concerns regarding human and civil rights and in a continued effort to make the Vermont community an epicenter of awareness and social engagement, the MountainTop Film Festival strives to make people’s voices and stories heard through film and discussion to furtherefforts of education and involvement.

This year’s program will feature a total of 14 films as well as special events. Some of the films include:

  • King in the Wilderness - chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum.
  • Anote’s Ark - The Pacific Island nation of Kiribati is one of the most remote places on the planet, seemingly far-removed from the pressures of modern life. Yet it is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time: imminent annihilation from sea-level rise.
  • WAJIB - The Wedding Invitation - Stuck in traffic with a stack of wedding invitations, a Palestinian father and son slowly reconnect in this drily humorous, award-winning family drama. Wajib turns the focus to Palestinians living within Israel’s borders, gently teasing out the complex politics at play.
  • And Breathe Normally - Set in a bleak, chilly Iceland where you can hear every howl of wind and splatter of raindrops, "And Breathe Normally" touches on a number of issues from the treatment of refugees to LGBT rights. It carries those concerns lightly, however, and remains solidly focused on the two main characters.
  • Armor of Light - follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it possible to be both pro-gun and pro-life? In a gripping portrait of courage, director Abigail E. Disney follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the moral strength to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America.

Along with the films, the festival program offers a chance to meet and talk to filmmakers, activist, and scholars that are involved in furthering civil rights and environmental causes around the world.

This year’s special events will include:

  • Opening Reception with live music by ANTHONY SANTOR & FRIENDS - come and mingle in our lounge! Friday, 1/18 @ 6-8pm
  • Q&A with Outright Vermont - after screening of THE RE-EDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, Sunday 1/20 @ 7pm
  • Q&A with Vermont’s ACLU - after screening of THE SENTENCE, Thursday 1/24 @ 7pm
  • Q&A with members of the Refugee Resettlement Program VT - after the screening of THIS IS HOME, Tuesday 1/22 @ 7pm
  • Special screening of CITY OF JOY - hosted by HARWOOD UNION HIGH SCHOOL’s PEACE ALLIANCE, Monday January 21, 7pm

Please check length of films when making your movie schedule, as some films overlap.

Tickets and festival passes will be available at the box office at the Big Picture Theater, or call 802-496-8994. Tickets are $10 per screening. Special event screenings are $12.

"Let it be those creative dissenters who will call our beloved nation to a higher destiny. To a new plateau of compassion, to a more noble expression of humanness."Martin Luther King, Jr

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