Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.
The Columbia Public Library regularly offers a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.
Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly in your inbox! You can also check out previous Center Aisle Cinema films in the library catalog.
Upcoming Film Programs
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
In the last store in a defunct Kansas City shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski — great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor — runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than 30 years. As Sonia is served an eviction notice and the specter of retirement looms, she revisits her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, “Big Sonia” also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all. Directed by Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday. This film is being shown in collaboration with Columbia Public Schools. (2016, not rated, 93 min.)