August 16, 2012
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.
April 2, 2012
We recently added Urbanized to the DBRL collection. The film played at the Ragtag last year and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. The movie is directed by Gary Hustwit, who has also done Helvetica and Objectified. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Documents the issues and strategies behind the design of cities. Hear from some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Discover the challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy that are fast becoming universal concerns. Explore a diverse range of urban design projects around the world which will frame a global discussion on the future of cities. “Creating a humane environment through design … will be the challenge” in the twenty-first century.
Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.