From 5th to 7th April, the Wales International Documentary Festival (WIDF) will return to Blackwood! The first edition of the festival ran only last year, yet it became a smart success. Using the storied history and unique atmosphere of its location to its advantage, it brought industry professionals, filmmakers, and audiences from all over the world to a small Welsh-Valleys town that wouldn’t otherwise be the first place you’d think of for a film festival. It’s not exactly the golden beaches of Cannes or the glamour and glitz of Venice, but Blackwood was the birthplace of the Chartists’ March in 1839—arguably the start of the worker’s rights movement in the UK—and the birthplace of the Manic Street Preachers, one of the most iconoclastic and politically outspoken of Welsh bands...

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