The week-long 2nd-annual Roanoke Diversity Film Festival by the Roanoke Diversity Center is larger, and more exciting than ever before, with at least ten film screenings in the schedule. And, if you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA you have 4 days left to enjoy it, take advantage of these great films.
Watching the films, documentaries and comedies at the Roanoke Diversity Film Festival is opening up the opportunity to start some very important conversations within our community.
"Why do we hug each other all the time? We're so happy to be alive," says Jim Best. "I can tell you growing up in the closet, there were many dark hours and many dark years. That shouldn't have to be the case, and that's what motivates me."
He hopes to connect with others who have shared his same struggles and accomplishments.
"This week is like a conference of hearts, a conference of life struggles, a conference to find if there's one more straw of hope. One more way to get through the year," says Best.
One of the festival organizers, Richard Sifton, says it's not just about the films. It's a chance for people to come together and support each other, especially some of the younger community members.
"We're all sort of networking and working together for a common cause," says Sifton. "To build support throughout the community using entertainment and recreation as a way to bring people together."