Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
For the first time ever, the students in grade three at Evergreen Primary School in Wuhan, China have been asked to elect a class monitor. Traditionally appointed by the teacher, the class monitor holds a powerful position, helping to control the students, keeping them on task and doling out punishment to those who disobey. “Please Vote For Me” covers the heartbreak and hilarity of all three young candidates as they run for office. (58 min.)
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
The documentary “A Family Undertaking” (60 min.) explores the growing home funeral movement by following several families in their most intimate moments as they reclaim the end of life, forgoing a typical mortuary funeral to care for their loved ones at home. Through their stories we see that “hands-on” care for the dead by family members, including children, can aid in grieving, bring a sense of fulfillment, and help loved ones to grasp the reality of a death. Their home funerals are remarkable documents of death made intimate, meaningful, and even joyful. You can watch the trailer or visit the POV site for more info. This film is being shown in conjunction with the One Read events in September 2012 related to the book “The Tiger’s Wife” by Téa Obreht.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Nostalgia for the Light” (90 min.) is a remarkable meditation on memory, history and eternity. Chile’s remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past in its arid soil: human remains, from pre-Columbian mummies to the bones of political prisoners “disappeared” during the Pinochet dictatorship. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: Archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their loved ones and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies. The film won the top prize at the IDA Documentary Awards in 2011. This documentary by Patricio Guzmán is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world. “Guilty Pleasures” (60 min.) takes an amusing and touching look at this global phenomenon. Ironies abound in the contrasts between the everyday lives of the books’ readers and the fantasy worlds that offer them escape. Guilty Pleasures portrays five romance devotees from around the world who must, ultimately, find their dreams in the real world. This documentary by Julie Moggan is shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Check out the trailer:
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“Battle: Change From Within” is a documentary about educator Eliot Battle and the pivotal role he played in desegregating schools, housing, and the Columbia community. As Battle facilitated changes with quiet resolve, he faced resistance from both the black and white communities. His calm demeanor and dedicated work within existing institutions and systems allowed him to bridge the gap between the two races and change Columbia for the better. The filmmakers will be on hand for a Q & A after the film. (58 min.)
On May 22, 2011 an F-5 tornado devastated Joplin, Missouri. In the midst of overwhelming loss, staff of the The Joplin Globe began reporting for work minutes after the twister struck. Deadline In Disaster shows how these dedicated journalists continued to report every story, every obituary and every miracle—big and small. Local film directors Beth Pike and Steve Hudnell worked with the Missouri Press Association to capture their story. Filmmakers will be on hand to discuss the recovery process after the screenings in Columbia and Ashland.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Senior Center,
406 Douglas Drive
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library,
100 West Broadway
Thursday, May 24, 2012 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library,
710 Court Street