Center Aisle Cinema

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.

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Upcoming Film Programs

the-returnCenter Aisle Cinema: “The Return”
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

“The Return” chronicles the reintegration of two prison inmates into society whose life sentences under California’s three-strikes law were shortened after voters approved Proposition 36 in 2012. This documentary, directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway, examines this reform through the eyes of those on the front lines—prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down and reentry providers helping former prisoners navigate complex transitions. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series ( and with the University of Missouri’s annual celebration and presentation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Adults and teens.

true-falseHow to True/False
Saturday, February 4, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Get ready for True/False Film Fest at the library with the help of 102.3BXR and KFRU. You’ll get a step-by-step explanation of all things True/False, including a Q&A session with fest organizers and an exclusive sneak peek at a few films before the schedule is released. Find additional parking in the library’s north lot.