A SCENE from “Journey to Planet X,” which will be screened during the Camden International Film Festival.

A SCENE from “Journey to Planet X,” which will be screened during the Camden International Film Festival.

CAMDEN — Camden International Film Festival will present more than 70 films this weekend at venues throughout Camden and Rockland.

Now in its eighth year, CIFF presents a snapshot of the cultural landscape through the year’s best nonfiction storytelling, according to a news release. The festival is recognized as one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world, and one of the 12 best small town film festival in the U.S.

Nearly every film will be accompanied by a post-screening questionand answer session with directors or producers. In total, more than 60 industry representatives and filmmakers from all over the world will be in attendance during the four-day festival.

Pass sales for the festival are on sale now.

For more information on the festival, lodging, and pass sales, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org.

Films to be screened

The following films are scheduled to be shown during the eighth annual Camden International Film Festival. For more information or to view trailers, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org.

“Ballroom Dancer” — directed by

Andreas Koefoed and Christian Bonke

(Denmark, 2011). New England Premiere. A decade after Slavik Kryklyvyy became the World Latin Dance Champion, he tries to regain the success that seemed to have slipped by him with a new partner and lover. “Betting the Farm” — directed by

Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree (USA,

2012). New England premiere. After being dropped by their main dairy processor, a group of nine Maine organic dairy farmers try to launch a new milk company, Maine’s Own

Organic Milk. “Call Me Kuchu” — directed by Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-

Worrall (USA and Uganda, 2012). In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. “Canicula” — directed by Jose Álvarez

(Mexico, 2012). East Coast premiere. A study of the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Totonac people of Veracruz, Mexico, who have resided in this region for thousands of years. “Chasing Ice” — directed by Jeff

Orlowski (USA, 2012). Reveals James Balog’s hauntingly beautiful, multi-year time-lapse videos of vanishing glaciers across the Arctic. “Citadel” — directed by Diego Mondaca

(Bolivia, Germany, 2011). US premiere. Attempts to expose life inside a detention facility which does not adhere to the traditional mores of prison; here, some inmates’ wives and children live alongside the prisoners. “Code of the West” — directed by

Rebecca Richman Cohen (USA, 2012). Follows the political process of marijuana policy reform. This is the story of the many lives and fraught emotions when politics fail and communities pay the price. “Colombianos” — directed by Tora

Mårtens (Sweden, Colombia, 2012).

US premiere. Pablo has a plan on how to get his brother drug-free in six months. They set out on a journey filled with trials and tribulations that put their relationship to the test. “Downeast” — directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin (USA, 2012). Focuses on Antonio Bussone’s efforts to open a lobster processing factory in rural Maine. “Drought” — directed by Everardo

González (Mexico, 2011). East Coast premiere. While the community is forced into an exodus, the Ejido is abandoned and eventually the desert animals take over the place. “East Hastings Pharmacy” — directed by Antoine Bourges (Canada (2011

(US Premiere.. In a Vancouver pharmacy, patients arrive for their dose of methadone, to be taken in front of the pharmacist. “Goranson Farm: An Uncertain Harvest” — directed by William Kunitz

(USA, 2012). World Premiere.. Follows the farmers, as they struggle through 2009 harvest and into the following year. “Hardwater” — directed by Ryan Brod and Daniel Sites (USA, 2012). Sheds light on the insular, diverse and oft-misunderstood ice fishing community in Maine, revealing their quirky habits and long standing traditions. “Herman’s House” — directed by Angad

Singh Balla (Canada, USA, 2012). A feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project. “The Imposter” — directed by Bart Layton (UK, USA, 2012). A 13-year-old Texas boy vanishes without a trace. Three-and-a-half years later, the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling ordeal of kidnap and torture by shadowy captors. “Journey to Planet X” — directed by

Myles Kane and Josh Koury (USA,

2012). New England premiere. Follows the filming of “Planet X,” Eric

Swain and Troy Bernier’s most ambitious endeavor to date, and sheds light on their unique brand of “movie magic.” “The List” — directed by Beth Murphy

(USA, 2012). The story of Kirk Johnson, a modern-day

Oskar Schindler who is fighting to save

Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the U.S. government and military to help rebuild

Iraq. “Meanwhile in Mamelodi” — directed by Benjamin Kahlmayer (Germany,

South Africa, 2011). East Coast premiere. Running water, paved roads, and electricity are nowhere to be found. But even here there is daily life, which the

Mtsweni family masters with routine and integrity. “Night Laborer” — directed by David

Redmon (USA, 2012). Work-inprogress. Film follows Sherman Frank Merchant, a

46-year-old Downeaster during his transition from an independent and rugged clam digger by day to a laborer inside a factory at night. “Off Label” — directed by Michael

Palmieri and Donal Mosher (USA,

2012). New England premiere. Thoroughly investigates off-label use of medication, in the process revealing the tremendous influence psychiatric drugs in particular have on the greater population. “Only the Young” — directed by Elizabeth Mims and Jason Tippet (USA,

2012). New England premiere. Three teenagers find things to do in a place that offers nothing. They discover first love, friendship and avoid the realities of becoming an adult. “Peak” — directed by Hannes Lang

(Italy, Germany, 2011). New England premiere. Questions the relationship between nature and technology. “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as himself” — directed by Tom Bean and

Luke Poling (USA, 2012). Using Plimpton’s own narration — along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries — the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man. “Question One” — directed by Joe Fox

(USA, 2011). Chronicles the fierce and emotional battle that took place during the time

Maine voted and repealed same-sex marriage. “The Revisionaries” — directed by

Scott Thurman (USA, 2012). The theory of evolution and a rewrite of

U.S. history are caught in the crosshairs when an unabashed creationist seeks re-election as chairman of America’s most influential board of education. “Special Flight” — directed by Fernand

Melgar (Switzerland (2011 (New England premiere. The community of rejected asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Switzerland’s

Frambois Detention Centre share friendships, fears, and a similar fate. “Survival Prayer” — directed by Benjamin Greené (Canada, Haida Gwaii,

2012). World premiere. Follows individual food harvesters as they gather and prepare for the winter, the film celebrates the modern lifeways of a remote indigenous community and bears witness to a sacred relationship between individuals and the land that sustains them. “The Waiting Room” — directed by

Pete Nicks (USA, 2012). A character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. “Wavumba” — directed by Jeroen van

Velzen (Nigeria, Netherlands, 2012).

New England premiere. In search of the reality behind the memories the filmmaker has of his youth in

Kenya, he once again allows himself to be led by an old fisherman to a world where fantasy, dreams, belief and reality cannot be differentiated from one another. “The Secret Cinema 1” — Film raises fundamental questions, but rather than offering simple answers, it chooses to illustrate the complicated situations that arise when we construct a social world over our natural one. “The Secret Cinema 2” — This experiential and atmospheric film drops viewers in contemporary Lapland in the

Arctic Circle, which is simultaneously the fairy tale that we might have imagined and something much more real. “The Secret Cinema 3” — This film documents four heroes who attempt to expose a devastating abuse of power despite the denials of authority figures who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.

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