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The Annual Senior College Documentary Series

The Senior College Documentary Series is a monthly showing of recent award-winning documentary films at Kearney Public Library presented by the Senior College of Central Nebraska as a special class for Senior College members.

Each month --  October thru February  -- a different film will be shown. When possible, the film will be accompanied by a speaker or panel discussion led by people who have particular insights, knowledge or experience with the content and issues in the film.

Since the rights to many films are held by a variety of different vendors who control the release of the films for public and private viewing, some films might not be available to us at the times we plan. If a given film is not available at the scheduled time, a substitute film will be shown. Enrollees will be notified by e-mail or postcard of any changes a week before each film and which documentary will be shown in its place.

October 26  --- All That Breathes

Two brothers Saud and Nadeem were raised in New Delhi, looking at a sky speckled with black kites, watching as relatives tossed meat up to these birds of prey. Muslim belief held that feeding the kites would expel troubles. Now, birds are falling from the polluted, opaque skies of New Delhi and the two brothers have made it their life’s work to care for the injured black kites.

November 16  --- Little Richard: I Am Everything 

Little Richard: I Am Everything tells the story of the Black queer origins of rock n’ roll, exploding the whitewashed canon of American pop music to reveal the innovator – the originator – Richard Penniman. Through a wealth of archive and performance that brings us into Richard’s complicated inner world, the film unspools the icon’s life story with all its switchbacks and contradictions.

December  14 --- The League 

This detailed telling of the story of the Negro League Baseball is both informative and entertaining, the kind of thing that will play well in equal measure to massive fans of the sport and those who know nothing about it. Ask any die-hard baseball fan about the talent of the Negro Leagues and you are bound to hear an equal measure of history and myths.

January 18 --- King Coal

A lyrical tapestry of a place and people, King Coal meditates on the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. It explores the boundaries of documentary filmmaking in a spectacularly beautiful and deeply moving immersion into Central Appalachia where coal is not just a resource, but a way of life, imagining the ways a community can re-envision itself.

February 15 --- The Eternal Memory 

Augusto and Paulina have been together and in love for 25 years. Eight years ago, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and his wife has since become his caretaker. This is the story of Augusto's life, trying to hold on to his identity with the help of his beloved. Day by day, the couple face this challenge head-on, adapting to the disruptions brought on by the taxing disease while relying on the tender affection and sense of humor shared between them that remains intact. (With Captions)


All Films Are Presented at Kearney Public Library and Start at 3:30 PM


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