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

The Music of Strangers
Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The Silk Road Ensemble is an international collective of musicians created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville follows the performance group as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution. 2016 True/False Film Fest selection. (2015, PG-13, 96 minutes)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady examine the decline of Detroit and the stalwart residents who remain in the once-thriving city in this month’s documentary selection inspired by the One Read book, “The Turner House.” Post-film discussion will be led by Arthur Mehrhoff, academic coordinator for the University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. In addition to living in Detroit in the early ’70s, Dr. Mehrhoff earned his M.A. in urban affairs from Washington University and his Ph.D. in American studies from Saint Louis University. He spent many years working in and teaching about urban housing and neighborhoods. A 2012 True/False Film Fest selection. (90 min.)

Presenting Princess Shaw
Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Samantha Montgomery placed her dreams on YouTube. Then they became a reality. “Presenting Princess Shaw” is the extraordinary story of an aspiring musician, down on her luck, who inspired internationally famous musician, composer and video artist Ophir “Kutiman” Kutiel to create a magical collaboration that would introduce her talent to a whole new audience. A 2016 True/False Film Fest selection. Directed by Ido Haar and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series ( (2015, 90 minutes)

Tribal Justice
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In “Tribal Justice,” two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working. Mainstream courts across the country begin to take notice. Directed by Anne Makepeace and shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series ( (2017, 90 minutes)

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