This weekend’s Mini Fall Film Festival, hosted by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival in partnership with Circuit Arts, is programming director Minah Oh’s “love letter” to year-rounders.

“It’s a way for me to say I really love this community, to share something I really enjoy and that I think the community will love and learn from,” Ms. Oh said.

Movies are screened at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury, and tickets are pay what you can to ensure that everyone can attend.

Films like We Are Still Here tie into the holiday weekend, Ms. Oh said, for their emphasis on the indigenous point of view. We Are Still Here harks back to the similarly titled We Still Live Here, a documentary about the Wampanoag peoples of Martha’s Vineyard that screened at the festival 12 years prior. This documentary, however, focuses on the First Nations of the South Pacific.

“It’s a narrative feature that really tells an authentic story of the past where we’ve been misinformed, as well as the future, if we don’t change our ways, of what could be,” Ms. Oh said.

The film Saloum opens the festival on Friday, Oct. 7.

The festival opens on Friday, Oct. 7 with Saloum, and the next day features seasonal Chilmark resident Matthew Heineman’s new documentary Retrograde. The film chronicles the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Mr. Heineman.

Triangle of Sadness, this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, nearly shocked Ms. Oh out of including it in the lineup even after she had spent months trying to schedule it.

“It’s the biggest film of the year,” she said. “I wanted to know why this film meant so much to so many people.”

When she finally watched a pre-screening, she got her answer.

“In the first 20 minutes, I thought this is really not for our community; I don’t even feel comfortable watching this…But then you have the ‘Aha!’ moment of ‘Wow, the director is truly brilliant,’” she said.

A documentary about Joyce Carol Oates will be shown on Oct. 9.

The film follows two up and coming models who have been invited on a luxury cruise with the über-rich, but their pursuit of money and splendor takes a dark turn. It plays at 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Grange Hall.

“I am curating to challenge everyone to see what’s out there,” Ms. Oh said. “Some films might not hit, some people might really love, but it’s about providing exposure for films that are groundbreaking.”

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