5 Forest City Film Festival entries we're fired up about

Back for a second year, London's film festival offers a rich mix of feature films, documentaries and short films. Here's a selection of some of the ones we're excited about.

A sneak peak at what's coming up when the festival hits London's Wolf Performance Hall in October.

Executive director Dorothy Downs announces the lineup for this year's Forest City Film Festival. Now in its second season, this year's festival will feature 46 films, up from 26 last year. The four-day festival starts Oct. 26. (Andrew Lupton/CBC)

Now in its second year, the Forest City Film Festival has almost doubled its list of screenings. 

The festival will feature 46 films over four days starting Oct. 26 at the Wolf Performance Hall. Last year, 26 films were screened.

Each film has a strong connection to southwestern Ontario. 

Here are five films that caught our eye when the lineup was announced on Thursday. 


Babe, I Hate to Go

This entry in the short documentary category tells the story of Delroy, a migrant worker who has spent his life working in Ontario's tobacco fields to support his family back home.

After Delroy learns he has cancer he continues to work despite declining health, while shielding his family from the inevitable.

Andrew Moir, who's the director of the documentary, grew up in Strathroy.  


Clearing The Way: Combat Engineers in Kandahar

From the feature documentary category, this film tells the true story of the Canadian combat engineers working in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, in 2006-07. These soldiers were tasked with building forward bases to protect troops from the Taliban insurgency. They did this work under constant threat from improvised explosive devices.

"We lost quite a few soldiers at that time," producer/director Paul Culliton told CBC London. "Arguably it's one of the most violent times in Afghanistan for the Canadians."

A total of 19 Canadian soldiers died during this operation, including Trooper Mark Wilson of London.

"This film is about as London as London gets," said Culliton. "This is the story being told by Londoners about Londoners at war."

Clearing The Way is based on a book of the same name by London author Col. Mark Gasparotto. 


Glass

One of three feature films in competition at the festival, Glass tells the story of a young girl hidden away and raised in complete isolation from her mother.

At the age of 11, she is taken and forced to live in a void where she tries to reconnect with her memories. The entire team behind this film is from London, where it was also shot.  


Kittie

Another feature documentary entry, Kittie traces the 20-year trajectory of legendary London metal band Kittie. This all-female group fought back against stereotypes about women in rock. Director Robert McCallum lays bare the band's rise — bumps and all — while discussing Kittie's enduring influence.

McCallum is a Londoner working in his home town after spending 10 years making films in the U.S.


MU

This short documentary takes an intimate look at the mural artists in Montreal through the eyes of the people who created these immense works. Producer/director Janice Zolf lives in southwestern Ontario.

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