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Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival coming to Empress Theatre

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Film aficionados, history buffs, veterans and civilians alike will want to check out the Empress Theatre’s sixth annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival Nov. 6-8 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.
The festival features lectures and on-stage interviews with veterans, as well as screenings of military films and documentaries.
New this year will be films and discussions about conflicts in Rwanda and Afghanistan.
“We felt it was important to include some discussion and information on more recent conflicts, in addition to the world wars that have typically been the focus of the festival,” Empress Theatre executive director Tim Ranson said.
Stephane Guevremont, a military history instructor from Calgary who holds a PhD in Canadian Military Aviation, is the festival’s master of ceremonies again this year.
Before the screening of each of the festival’s six films, Guevremont will deliver lectures and interviews on topics from the second battle of Ypres to Canada’s role in Afghanistan.
Guevremont will discuss the second battle of Ypres at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 to kick off the festival.
Guevremont’s talk will be followed b the screening of the 1930 film All Quiet on the Western Front.
Veteran Tim Isberg, who is from Fort Macleod, will speak about his time serving with a United Nations peace mission to Rwanda in 1994.
Isberg will speak at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, followed by the screening of the 2007 movie Shake Hands With the Devil.
Guevremont will discuss conflicts in Afghanistan at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, followed by the screening of the 1988 film The Beast of War.
Afghanistan is again the topic of discussion for Guevremont at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The 2015 movie Hyena Road will be screened following Guevremont’s talk.
The festival resumes at 9:30 a.m. with a discussion titled Victory in Europe, followed by the 1973 film Hitler: The Last Ten Days.
Victory in the Pacific is the title of Guevremont’s presentation at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8.
The final talk of the festival will be followed by the 1982 film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
Weekend, day and single event passes are available now at www.macleodempress.com or by calling 1-800-540-9229.

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