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Fort Lauderdale Film Festival: Arlene Dahl to 'Zabu'

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival: Arlene Dahl to 'Zabu'

Perhaps the most useful function of this year's Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is as a refuge from the gathering storm of Election Day, a place to escape the thunder and darkness for the warm flicker of the cinema and stories told with humor and empathy and grace.

But as it opens the weekend before the final votes are cast in a presidential election distinguished by historic … oh, let's call it "interest," FLIFF organizers must walk a fine line between acknowledging the elephant and the donkey in the room, while making sure the room remains a sanctuary from the political maelstrom.

As recent presidential elections have become increasingly historic, FLIFF...