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The Last One

December 1

USA | 2013 | 80 Minutes | Nadine C. Licostie

Free screening! – Dec 1

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Community Film Series presents this free World AIDS Day program, featuring the moving new documentary about the history and continued growth of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Monsieur Lazhar

November 18, 2014

Canada (Québec) | 2011 | Film: 94 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Philippe Falardeau

An Algerian immigrant takes over a Canadian classroom and experiences the power and challenges of educating in today's society. While struggling with his own immigration issues, he fights to educate the students in a manner that challenges the status quo. Following the screening will be a discussion of the variety of challenges facing teachers in our modern classroom, exploring any ways that public and parents can be more aware and involved in the educational system.

Moolaadé

November 11, 2014

Senegal | 2004 | Film: 124 minutes | Discussion: 30 minutes | Ousmane Sembene

Ousmane Sembene's masterpiece drove home exceptional artistic commentary on the practice of ritual female genital cutting. Setting the world of tradition against modernity, the stakes for both sides are emotionally conveyed all the way to its final striking image. Professor Kristy Leissle will be leading our post-screening discussion in an exploration of not just the tradition featured in the film, but the variety of challenges facing women on the African continent today.

Pelican Dreams

December 5 - 7, 2014

USA | 2014 | 79 Minutes | Judy Irving

From the director of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill comes a charming documentary that follows two noble pelicans working to find their place in modern San Francisco: Gigi, a wayward young pelican arrested on the Golden Gate Bridge, and Morro, a half-wild pelican with an injured wing.

Starfish Throwers

December 5 - 7, 2014

USA | 2014 | 83 min | Jesse Roesler

Three inspiring people make a difference in the fight against hunger: a five-star chef who cooks fresh meals for the needy, a twelve-year-old girl who creates a movement with a single cabbage seedling, and a retired school teacher who hand delivers sandwiches to the hungry.