The inaugural World Culture Film Festival (WCFF) begins online and inperson - July 20-27 - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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The inaugural World Culture Film Festival (WCFF) begins online and inperson - July 20-27

**Online passes are available now. Virtual screening from July 20 to 27**

The inaugural World Culture Film Festival (WCFF) will take place in Los Angeles and online from July 25-28, 2024. This exciting new festival promises to showcase films that uplift and inspire, bringing stories from every corner of the globe. The WCFF aims to elevate human consciousness through the art of cinema, highlighting narratives that celebrate the diversity and richness of human experience.

The World Culture Film Festival (WCFF) is inspired by globally renowned humanitarian and emissary of peace, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who has inspired millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world through his life and work.

Kicking off the 4-day program is the Opening Night feature film presentation of The Monk and The Gun by Bhutan-born writer and director Pawo Choyning Dorji, who rose to prominence with his 2019 Oscar-nominated feature film (best international feature), Luanana: A Yak in the Classroom. 

There are over 60 participating countries including, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, Tibet, Japan, Germany, and Brazil, and 60+ films in competition as part of the official selections. The films will be showcased (in person) at USC’s Ray Stark Theater, the newly-reopened former Downtown Independent Theater, and on the online streaming platform, EOFlix. Some of the prominent films that will screen are Justin Grant and Laurens Goud’s Our Voice, Our Heart (2024 Golden Doc Winner, Asia & Australia), Radha Mehta’s Dosh (2024 Slamdance George Starks Spirit Award Winner), Julio Palacio’s Makayla’s Voice: A Letter to the World (2024 Tribeca Best Short Documentary), Dash Kolos’ Crown, Harry Holland's Last Call starring Tom holland, and Oscar Nominee Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days, the Closing Night film of the festival.

Executive directors, Anabelle D. Munro and Sej Saraiya are leading the film festival team. This dynamic duo brings years of experience in film production and film festival leadership. Munro is the CEO and Founder of the ETHOS Film Awards and Institute, currently in its 6th season. She is an award-winning director, writer, and producer at Blue Boots Entertainment. Saraiya is an award-winning, transdisciplinary visual artist with a focus on indigenous narratives. Her films boast over thirty international awards and her photographs grace galleries, universities, and museums. She serves on the board of the Garifuna Indigenous Film Festival, contributes to the Topanga Film Festival, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from USC.

Here are some trailers of films screening at the festival the first World Culture Film Festival (WCFF) -July 25-28, 2024.

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