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The West Virginia International Film Festival returns to Charleston this week with a collection of films, shorts and documentaries from around the world, but also with local roots.

The spring festival officially kicks off Friday with West Virginia native Jon Matthews’ documentary “Opioid, Inc.” at the Underground Cinema at Taylor Books.

The festival will continue through Sunday, April 30.

Films will be shown at the Capitol Theater on Summers Street as well as at the new Underground Cinema.

Tickets to the films are $9 for adults and $5 for students. The WVIFF also offers a six-pack of tickets for $36.

For more information, call 304.395.6688 or visit the WVIFF online at

Here are the films that will be shown:

“Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“For the first time in a full-length documentary, contract farmers from across the American South and Southern India tell their stories and industry experts reveal how the corporate production model pits farmer against farmer.” (From IMDB)

“Toni Erdmann” (Comedy/Drama, Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Romania) Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, language and brief drug use

“A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard-working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO’s life coach.” (From IMDB)

“Tanna” (Drama/Romance, Australia) Unrated

“Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.” (From IMDB)

“The Salesman” (Drama/Thriller, Iran/France) Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image

“While both participating in a production of “Death of a Salesman,” a teacher’s wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife’s traumatized objections.” (From IMDB)

“Opioid, Inc.” (Short/Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“Who fueled the pill mills? How did West Virginia become the nation’s leader in overdose deaths? Opioid Inc. explores the link between prescription drug distributors and the opioid epidemic.” (From West Virginia native Jon Matthews)

“My Life as a Zucchini” (Animation/Comedy, Switzerland/France) Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material

“After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.” (From IMDB)

“Meadow Bridge” (Drama/Comedy, U.S.) Unrated

“Meadow Bridge is a coming-of-age story that follows Darcy, a fourteen-year-old girl growing up in a small West Virginia town in the late 1990s. It’s a story about growing up on the edge of poverty and possibility — about trying to reach out into the bigger world, while wrestling with where you’re from.” (From IMDB)

“Julieta” (Drama/Romance, Spain) Rated R for some sexuality/nudity

“After a casual encounter, a brokenhearted woman decides to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.” (From IMDB)

“I Am Not Your Negro” (Documentary, France/U.S.) Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent images, thematic material, language and brief nudity

“In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, ‘Remember This House.’ The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.” (From IMDB)

“Death by a Thousand Cuts” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“In ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts,’ the brutal murder of a Dominican park ranger becomes the metaphor for increasing tension between Haiti and the Dominican Republic over illicit charcoal exploitation and mass deforestation.” (From IMDB)

“Ann Braden: Southern Patriot” (Documentary, U.S.) Unrated

“‘Anne Braden: Southern Patriot (1924-2006)’ is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed as a white southerner who was eloquent and prophetic by Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail.’ Ostracized as a red, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice activists.” (From IMDB)

“American Fango” (Comedy/Drama/Romance, U.S./Italy)Unrated

“A coming-to-New-York love story about an Italian actor who comes to New York City from Rome, and through a series of misadventures becomes romantically involved with several beautiful women. Sidetracked in Los Angeles, he is ultimately transformed by the power of true love … and the realization that he is really a New Yorker at heart!” (From IMDB)

Film Festival Schedule

Friday, April 21

6:10 p.m. “Opioid Inc” With director Jon Matthews (Underground Cinema)

Saturday, April 22

5 p.m. “My Life As A Zucchini” (Underground Cinema)

Sunday, April 23

2:30 p.m. “Julieta” (Underground Cinema)

5 p.m. “Tanna” (Underground Cinema) (Alley entrance only)

Monday, April 24

6:45 p.m. “Toni Erdmann” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Underground Cinema)

Tuesday, April 25

6:45 p.m. “Toni Erdmann” (Underground Cinema)

7 p.m. “Under Contract: Farmers and the Fine Print” (Capitol Theater)

Wednesday, April 26

7 p.m. “Julieta” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “Anne Braden: Southern Patriot” with co-director Mimi Pickering (Underground Cinema)

Thursday, April 27

7 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Capitol Theater)

7:30 p.m. “The Salesman” (Underground Cinema)

Friday, April 28

6 p.m. “American Fango” with screenwriter Brittany McComas (Capitol Theater)

8:45 p.m. “The Salesman” (Capitol Theater)

Saturday, April 29

4 p.m. “The Salesman” (Underground Cinema)

6:10 p.m. “Meadowbridge” with director Tijah Bumgarner (Capitol Theater)

8:55 p.m. “Tanna” (Capitol Theater)

Sunday, April 30

2:35 p.m. “I Am Not Your Negro” (Capitol Theater)

5:30 p.m. “Death By A Thousand Cuts” (Capitol Theater)

3 p.m. “My Life As A Zucchini” (Underground Cinema)

5 p.m. “American Fango” (Underground Cinema) (Alley entrance only)

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