Documentary Film Series
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, “The library is an arena of possibility, opening both a window into the soul and a door onto the world.“ The same can certainly be said about great documentary films.
This fall, expand your horizons by exploring a series of enlightening and thought-provoking documentary films.
All film screenings are free, and popcorn and beverages will be served. Please register through the library’s online calendar or by stopping into the library or calling to sign up.
October 3: Faces Places “89-year old Agnés Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year old French photographer & muralist, JR, teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda &JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed, and shared. Together they travel around villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories, and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts, and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters, as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.” (Amazon.com)
October 19: I Am Not Your Negro “Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives & assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X & Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin & Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.” (Amazon.com)
October 29: NOVA: Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire “Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupted in 2018, sending rivers of lava through communities and into the sea. Join scientists and local residents as they investigate this frightening spike in volcanic activity that turned an island paradise into an inferno.” (Amazon.com)
November 7: Last Men in Aleppo “Academy Awards nominee for Best Documentary Feature and winner of the Grand Jury documentary prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad’s breathtaking work, a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization consisting of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes and attacks in the hope of saving lives. Incorporating moments of both heart-pounding suspense and improbable beauty, the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee or stay and fight for their country?” (Amazon.com)