OUR STORIES ARE WHO WE ARE
It was the early 90s and I was eight years old. The neighbourhood experienced a power outage which resulted in all the neighbours both young and old coming outside to enjoy the cool breeze. As we all sat together underneath the glow of the moonlight, old mister Wayne began narrating a story that resonated deeply within. I felt myself being transported to an enchanting world of fantasy, intrigue and mystery and I clung mentally to every word. Folks, this was the beginning of an ethereal awakening, and there, I have remained.
In this, our third year, it is with passion, love, excitement and a little bit of nostalgia that I pass the baton to Donelle Wills. At 10 years old, she had also been there sitting next to me transfixed.
We had held each other close with smiles that never left our faces. We were moved and later realized that even in the darkness we were both determined to find a way to keep our storytelling traditions alive. After all …these are our stories.
This year, we invite you to join us as we continue to build and celebrate our ancestors through films, stories, games, music and activities.
Visit our website www.filmfolklorefestival.com for more information.
Welcome to the Film and Folklore Festival 2021!
Leslie Ann Wills-Caton