Center Aisle Cinema
We recently added “A Brief History of Time” to the DBRL collection. This film by Errol Morris was originally released in 1991, but has been re-released by the Criterion Collection with new material. The film currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:
Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination.
We recently added “These Birds Walk” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, the film documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the Samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience.
Follows a veteran reporter and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana-based independent newsweekly, as they stubbornly ply their trade in one of the deadliest places in the world for members of the media. As the drug war intensifies and the risks to journalists become greater, will the free press be silenced?
We recently added “The Punk Singer” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown earlier this year at Ragtag Cinema and currently has a rating of 83% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the “riot grrrl” movement of the 1990s.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
“The World Before Her” (60 min.) is a tale of two Indias. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture. Moving between these divergent realities, this film by Nisha Pahuja creates a lively, provocative portrait of the world’s largest democracy at a critical transitional moment—and of two women who hope to shape its future. The film played at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in 2012. The screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “Herman’s House” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- Is prolonged solitary confinement “cruel and unusual”? Why or why not?
- What did you learn from the film about the ways that art and/or architecture can be used to address social justice issues or inspire change?
- Do you think re-designing Wallace’s cell would have impact on his well-being, and if so, how? If not, what other factors might contribute to an inmate’s well-being?
Join us for a special showing of “A Girl Like Her” (48 min.) at Columbia Public Library. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including an adoptive parent, an adoptee, birth parents involved with an open and closed adoption and a social worker. Co-sponsored by the Adoption Triad Connection of Mid-Missouri. Here’s a synopsis from the film webpage:
A GIRL LIKE HER reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth, surrender their children, and return home alone. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child? The film combines footage from educational films and newsreels of the time period about dating, sex, “illegitimate” pregnancy, and adoption—that both reflected and shaped the public’s understanding of single pregnancy during that time—with the voices of these mothers as they speak today, with hindsight, about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives.
April 18: “Tim’s Vermeer” starts at Ragtag. (via)
April 23: “Elena” 4:00 p.m. at Tate Hall, Room 215, MU campus, free. (via)
April 23: “Herman’s House” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)
April 24: “Elena” 5:15 p.m. at Ragtag. (via)
We recently added “Muscle Shoals” to the DBRL collection. The film was shown at Forum 8 in March, and currently has a rating of 97% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. The library also has the film soundtrack on CD. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the ‘Muscle Shoals sound’ and the Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound.
We recently added “Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’” to the DBRL collection. The film played last year on PBS and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:Unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters, and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius. Recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival is among the previously unseen treasures featured.