10 Montreal parks will host nighttime screenings of documentaries under the stars this summer

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If you love a movie night with friends, imagine catching one together under the stars. From June 29 to September 6, the Cinema under the Stars organizes more than 40 outdoor film screenings in ten city parks.

The film festival will feature documentaries that highlight social, political and environmental issues. Each screening will conclude with a Q&A with guest filmmakers and/or experts to encourage audience engagement.

This year’s programming will include short, medium and feature films, many of which will be Quebec productions.

Cinéma sous les Étoiles will open its doors on June 29 at Laurier Park with the Canadian premiere of “The Positive Energy of the Gods” by Laetitia Moller. The French documentary follows electro-rock band Astereotypie on tour. The band members, all in their twenties, navigate the collective adventure in search of freedom, while bringing a unique stage presence and style to their performances.

Other festival highlights include “El Silencio del Topo” (The Silence of the Mole) by Anais Taracena. Unpublished in Quebec, the documentary tells the fascinating story of Elías Barahona, who infiltrated the most repressive military government in Guatemala in the 1970s. Olivier Dubuquoy’s documentary, ‘Irréductibles’ will also be presented in preview, with a look at seemingly unwinnable battles to protect the environment. And Quebec filmmaker Emanuel Licha will present “Zo Reken”, a film exploring neocolonialism in Haiti.

The festival’s short film competition will also return to support the work of emerging filmmakers. A jury of cinema and sociology experts will award prizes to this year’s winners.

The complete program of the 13th edition of the festival should be unveiled soon.

Cinema under the stars

When: June 29 to September 6

Where: 10 Montreal parks

No cost

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