Center Aisle Cinema

Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer 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


Deaf Jam
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Aneta Brodski is a Deaf teenager living in Queens, New York. While she is proud of her deafness, she does not want to be defined by it. At her school, Aneta joins an extracurricular program to learn American Sign Language poetry. She and her fellow students gradually find their inner voice in the poems they create. Aneta’s world opens up as she is tantalized by the possibility of competing in a poetry slam with mostly hearing competitors. (2011, 53 minutes)

Following the screening, students from MU’s American Sign Language classes will perform their interpretations of hit Broadway songs and today’s chart toppers.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

A boxing match in Brooklyn; life in postwar Bosnia; the daily routine of a Nigerian midwife; an intimate family moment at home: these scenes and others are woven into a tapestry of footage captured over the twenty-five-year career of cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. A work that combines documentary, autobiography, and ethical inquiry, “Cameraperson” is a thoughtful examination of what it means to train a camera on the world. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. An Official Selection of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and True/False Film Fest. (2016, 90 minutes)