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Queens World Film Festival Kicks Off Weeklong Event

Katha and Don Cato

Katha and Don Cato

March 16, 2016 Staff Report

The 6th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) kicked off at the Museum of the Moving Image on Tuesday.

The popular film festival is taking place from now through March 20, with screenings at venues in Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Jackson Heights.

The event was created six years ago by Katha and Don Cato, who got the festival started before a packed house.

The festival features 143 films from 23 nations. Twenty-nine of those filmmakers are from Queens.

The opening night featured an Iranian film titled “Oblivion Season,” which was about a woman who gets stuck in an abusive relationship. She is forced to work as a cab driver to earn a living, a job not deemed fit for women.

The festival will host screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave.) in Astoria, the Secret Theater (44-02 23rd St.) in Long Island City, All Saints’ Episcopal Church (43-12 46th St.) in Sunnyside and P.S. 69 (77-02 37th Ave.) in Jackson Heights.

For a full schedule, click here.

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