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The Annual “World Series” Documentaries

Once again, in cooperation with The World Theatre, Senior College will present 5 current, award winning documentaries  - one each month – starting in October and continuing through February 2019.

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 each month a week before each film.

October 25 --- “Jane”
"Jane" is that rare documentary that works in equal measure for those who know a great deal about Jane Goodall and those people who don’t know a thing. Most people probably think they know all they need to know about her. She watched chimps, right? Her research was essential to understanding not only the way we interact with the natural world but our place in it. “Jane” fully elevates the scientific pedestal on which she should be placed but it does so in part by humanizing her, revealing the challenges she faced and discoveries she made.

November 29  --- “Dark Money”

"Dark Money", a political thriller, examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on our elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana -- a front line in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide -- to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impact of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Through this gripping story, "Dark Money" uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold.

December 20 --- “Faces Places”
Agnes Varda, one of the leading lights of France's honored French New Wave cinema era, and professional photographer and muralist, J.R., partake on a special art project. Together, they travel around France in a special box truck equipped as a portable photo booth and traveling printing facility as they take photographs of people around the country. With that inspiration, they also create special colossal mural pictures of individuals, communities and places they want to honor and celebrate. Along the way, the old cinematic veteran and the young artistic idealist enjoy an odd friendship as they chat and explore their views on the world as only they can. In French w/transcription

January 24 --- “The King"
Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey, including Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, Van Jones, Mike Myers, and Dan Rather, among many others.      

February 21--- “In Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
Ross offers an inspired and intimate portrait of a place and its people. The film presents Daniel Collins and Quincy Bryant, two young African American men from rural Hale County, Alabama, over the course of five years. Collins attends college in search of opportunity while Bryant becomes a father to an energetic son in an open-ended, poetic form that privileges the patiently observed interstices of their lives. The audience is invited to experience the mundane and monumental, birth and death, the quotidian and the sublime, all of which combine to communicate the region's deep culture and glimpse the complex ways the African American community's collective image is integrated into America's visual imagination.

"Jane" Showing at 3:00 PM               Doors Open at 2:45 PM
All Other Showings at 3:30 PM         Doors Open at 3:00 PM



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