CIFF series at Strand screens documentary

Mar 06, 2014
Documentarian Alan Berliner, right, converses with his friend and “First Cousin Once Removed” subject Alan Honiger.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., and Camden International Film Festival will screen the fifth in the monthly 10 For 10 series, “First Cousin Once Removed,” Wednesday, March 19, at 7 p.m.

Acclaimed filmmaker Alan Berliner’s award-winning documentary paints a deeply personal portrait of his “good friend, cousin and mentor” — distinguished poet, translator, critic and teacher Edwin Honig — as Honig journeys through the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. A stark reminder of the profound role memory plays in everyone’s life, the 2013 film offers a moving essay on the fragility of being human.

Honig wrote dozens of books and poems that attracted critical praise around the world. His seminal translations awakened English-speaking readers to previously overlooked literary giants, resulting in honorary knighthoods from the king of Spain and the president of Portugal. Shot over the course of five years, “First Cousin Once Removed” documents Honig’s condition with care and compassion, displaying the same raw honesty that resonates in his poetry.

The monthly 10 For 10 series celebrates the upcoming 10th edition of CIFF this fall. This screening is also part of CIFF’s Aging in Maine screening tour, a new statewide program that brings screenings of award-winning documentary films and discussions to more than 10 different communities between March and July 2014.The tour is the second part of CIFF’s inaugural Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, a program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers to develop community-based social action campaigns designed to engage communities in a thoughtful inter-generational dialogue around the issues of aging and dementia-related illness. Additional screenings will be announced as the tour continues.

The Aging in Maine screening tour is sponsored by Camden National Bank. Camden International Film Festival’s Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine program is presented in partnership with Working Films and the University of Maine Center on Aging, with generous support from the Fledgling Fund, the Pen Bay Healthcare Foundation, Camden National Bank and the Bingham Program. For more information about The Aging in Maine tour, visit camdenfilmfest.org

This film is not rated. Tickets are $8.50; $7.50 for students and senior citizens. For more information about all upcoming films, live concerts, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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