Memphremagog film fest asks how to be a better society

By Gordon Lambie

Sherbrooke’s international film festival, the FCMS, is taking its show on the road next month for a special weekend event in Magog. Similar to the “FCM sur la route” satellite festival that took place last May in Lac-Mégantic, the weekend of screenings and events will bring together the expertise of the FCMS team and the surroundings and people of the Memphremagog MRC for two days of discussion on the theme of living together. “We will project films that help promote reflection and dialogue on the subject of integration and living together,” said Jean Hogue, Director of the MRC’s economic development service, adding that the screenings are meant to appeal to people of all ages. “We were trying to find a cultural event that would create this kind of open and discursive atmosphere,” he continued. “Film is a medium that helps us bring people together and foster exchange.” According to Hogue, the discussions that follow the films will be focused on the question of how to be a better society, and are focused as much on people moving to the area as they are for locals. He explained that the theme was selected as a part of an ongoing effort on the part of the MRC to attract more immigration, and shared a perspective that getting people to settle in the area and stay requires openness on the part of both the new arrivals and their host community. See full story in the Wednesday, Jan 22 edition of The Record.

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