Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcoming Film Forward Film Series

The Scranton Public Library is pleased to announce its selection as a screening site for the prestigious “FILM FORWARD: ADVANCING CULTURAL DIALOGUE” film series.  FILM FORWARD is an international program designed to enhance greater cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of films, workshops and conversations.  An initiative of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities - in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, FILM FORWARD promotes cultural dialogue through independent documentary and narrative film, using film’s unique ability to tell stories that explore universal themes to ignite meaningful conversations.

All screenings will be held in the library’s Community Room, located in the basement of the Lackawanna County Children’s Library at 520 Vine Street, Scranton. There is no charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Free screenings and discussions of the thought-provoking films are scheduled as follows:
20 Feet From Stardom on Monday, April 14th at 7 pm, moderated by Dr. Philip Mosley
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. Twenty Feet From Stardom shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.

The World Before Her on Wednesday, April 16th at 7 pm, moderated by Ms. Sheli McHugh
Moving between two extremes—the intimate verité drama of the Miss India pageant’s rigorous beauty “bootcamp” and the intense regime of a militant Hindu fundamentalist camp for young girls—The World Before Her delivers a provocative portrait of India and its current cultural conflicts during a key transitional era in the country's modern history.

If You Build It on Thursday, April 17th at 7 pm, moderated by Ms. Sharon McCrone
If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms.   Designer/activists Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, together with their high school students, unleash the power of humanitarian design to help their struggling community in rural North Carolina. 

Valentine Road on Monday, April 21st at 7 pm, moderated by Dr. John McNerney
On February 12, 2008, eighth-grade student Brandon McInerney shot his classmate Larry King twice in the back of the head.  With keen insight, the film connects the human wreckage of Larry’s and Brandon’s troubled lives—both bullied and both searching for a sense of belonging.

The Rocket on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7 pm, moderated by Mr. Kevin Norris
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck leads his family and a couple of ragged misfits through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity–filled journey through a land scarred by war, the boy sets off to prove he’s not cursed and builds a giant rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.

Circles on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7 pm, moderated by Dr. Phil Jenkins
Five people are affected by a tragic heroic act.  Twenty years later, all of them will have to confront the past through their own crises. Will they overcome the guilt, frustration, and the urge for revenge?  Will they do the right thing, at all costs?

Dancing in Jaffa on Thursday, April 24th at 7 pm, moderated by Ms. Alicia Grega
Renowned ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, takes his belief that dance can overcome political and cultural differences and applies it to 11 year old Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. What occurs is magical and transformative.

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