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The Annual “World Series” Documentaries

Once again, in cooperation with The World Theatre, Senior College will present current, award winning documentaries  - one each month – starting in October and continuing through February 2020.

Since the rights to each of these films are held by a variety of different vendors who control the release of the films for public viewing, some of these might not be available to us at the times we plan. If a given film is not available at the appropriate time, a substitute film from this list will be shown in its place. Enrollees will be notified (by e-mail or postcard) of the specific documentary to be shown during the week before each film.

October 30 --- The Biggest Little Farm (Multi-Award Winner)

A testament to the immense complexity of nature, The Biggest Little Farm follows two dreamers and a dog on an odyssey to bring harmony to both their lives and the land. When the barking of their beloved dog Todd leads to an eviction notice from their tiny LA apartment, John and Molly Chester make a choice that takes them out of the city and onto 200 acres in the foothills of Ventura County.  The film chronicles eight years of daunting work and outsize idealism as they attempt to create the utopia they seek.

November 20  --- Minding the Gap (Oscar Nominated)

Compiling over 12 years of footage shot in his hometown of Rockford, IL, Director Bing Liu searches for correlations between his skateboarder friends' turbulent upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. While navigating a difficult relationship between his camera, his friends, and his own past, Bing ultimately weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood.

December 18 --- Linda Ronstadt - The Sound of My Voice

We have replaced the originally scheduled film  - The Brink – with a newly released documentary Linda Ronstadt – The Sound Of My Voice. Depending on availability, The Brink may be presented as a substitute later in the series.

Ronstadt is our guide through her early years of singing Mexican canciones with her family; her folk days with the Stone Poneys; and her reign as the "rock queen" of the '70s and early '80s. Ultimately, her incredible voice was lost to Parkinson's disease, but her music and influence remain as timeless as ever. With moving performance footage and appearances by collaborators including Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt – The Sound Of My Voice celebrates an artist whose desire to share the music she loved made generations of fans fall in love with her - and the sound of her voice.

January 15 --- American Factory (Sundance Film Winner)

This film will begin at 3:30 pm and will be shown at Ockinga Auditorium, UNK Campus

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.      

February 12 --- The Brink (Nominated for 4 awards)

This film will be shown at Ockinga Auditorium, UNK Campus

When Steve Bannon left his position as White House chief strategist, he was already a notorious figure in Trump's inner circle, and for bringing a far-right ideology into the highest echelons of American politics. Unconstrained by an official post -- though some say he still has a direct line to the White House -- he became free to peddle influence as a perceived kingmaker, turning his controversial brand of nationalism into a global movement. To maintain his power and influence, the former Goldman Sachs banker and media investor reinvents himself -- as he has many times before -- this time as the self-appointed leader of a global populist movement.

All Films Are On Wednesdays at 3:00 PM
Doors Open at 2:30 PM


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