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Fort Macleod film festival salutes Canadian Forces

Stephane Guevremont returns as master of ceremonies for the fifth annual Canadian Forces Film Festival on Nov. 7-9 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

Stephane Guevremont returns as master of ceremonies for the fifth annual Canadian Forces Film Festival on Nov. 7-9 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

A military historian will lead discussions on major events from two world wars — including D-Day — during a film festival in Fort Macleod.
Stephane Guevremont is master of ceremonies at the fifth annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival at the Empress Theatre from Nov. 7-9.
Guevremont, who teaches military history at Mount Royal University, will give talks prior to the screening of five films.
Guevremont will also interview a selection of veterans and moderate discussions on topics from World War One and World War Two.
Guevremont holds a PhD in Military Aviation from the University of Calgary, a BA in History from McGill University and a civilian MA in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.
Guevremont presents public lectures across Canada with the goal of promoting the lifetime achievements of surviving Canadian Veterans.
The Festival gets under way at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 with Guevremont presenting a lecture on D-Day and the Normandy Campaign.
The lecture will be followed by the screening of the 2004 film “Countdown to D-day” on events leading up to the Normandy invasion.
On Saturday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. Guevremont will give a lecture on the Resistance in Europe, with the screening of the 1964 film “The Train” to follow. In the movie, the resistance stops a train full of stolen art.
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Guevremont will give a lecture on Canadians in battle in Northern Europe, and he will conduct interviews with a panel of veterans.
The campaigns in Northern Europe form the basis of Guevremont’s lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The lecture will be followed by the screening of the 1946 film “Theirs is the Glory” about the battle at Arnhem.
The Italian campaign is the subject of a lecture by Guevremont at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 9.
Following the lecture the 1945 film “A Walk in the Sun” about an American platoon in Italy will be screened.
The final session of the festival at 1:30 p.m. Sunday includes a lecture by Guevremont on World War One along with the screening of the 2005 film “Joyeux Noel” about the Christmas truce in 1914.
Weekend passes, Saturday passes and single event tickets are available at the Empress Theatre at 1-800-540-9229 or www.empresstheatre.ab.ca.

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