THE LAST WHITE KNIGHT - Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith sits before the camera, a wizened Southern gentleman. His interviewer is director Paul Saltzman, a Canadian Jewish liberal. The two men are antithetical: Beckwith is a Mississippi Klansman, and Saltzman is a former civil rights activist who went to the South during the 1960s. Their lives converged when Saltzman came to Beckwith’s town of Greenwood to fight the good fight, and wound up receiving a knuckle sandwich for his troubles. His assailant was Beckwith, and years later the two meet in the hope of reconciliation and mutual understanding.

Screening at the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened (152,000 and 386 respectively in 2011) VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. We screen films from 80 countries on 10 screens. The international line-up includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. VIFF 2011 included 20 World premieres, 30 International premieres, 49 North American premieres and 40 Canadian premieres.

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