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January 2018


January 5 - January 20

Jane Goodall’s observations of chimpanzees in the wild challenged conventional wisdom about what made humans exceptional. Jane is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall.

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The Fairy

January 5 - January 21

Dom works the night shift in a small hotel near the industrial seaport of Le Havre. One night, a woman named Fiona arrives, with no luggage and no shoes. She tells Dom that she is a fairy, and grants him three wishes. Husband and wife filmmakers Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon delighted Ryder audiences in October with their film, Lost in Paris.

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January 12 - January 27

France,1943 during the German occupation. Every night, guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt delights Parisian audiences with his witty, life-affirming ‘gypsy swing’ music. While many other Romany people find themselves the target of racist persecution, Django believes himself to be safe – until agents of the Nazi propaganda machine demand that he go on tour to Germany in order to counteract the influence of ‘negro music’ from the USA.

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Lost in Paris

January 19 - January 21

A small-town Canadian librarian searches for her elderly Aunt Martha in the City of Lights. She is aided by a vaguely disreputable Parisian vagabond. Lost in Paris is the new comic collaboration by the married filmmaking duo, Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon.

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The Square

January 26 - February 4

Christian is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum, a devoted father of two who drives an electric car and supports good causes. His next show is The Square, an installation in the museum’s courtyard: a small square, set amid the cobblestones, and intended as a sanctuary where all rights are to be respected. But sometimes it’s difficult to live up to your own ideals

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Wounded Galaxies Festival: THE GREAT SILENCE and The Monkees in HEAD

January 28 @ 2:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Wounded Galaxies is hosting a festival in early February in which scholars, artists and activists will explore and celebrate the cultural and political legacy of 1968 on it’s 50th anniversary. There are also selected events, on and off campus, in January and this is one of them: two films at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater that reflect the the political/cultural climate of 1968.

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February 2018

BPM (Beats Per Minute)

February 2 - February 4

The Grand Prix winner at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, BPM (Beats Per Minute) is a cinematic memoir about ACT UP that transcends the facts of history. It is fictional film based on real life events in France in the early 90s The beauty of this passionate French drama lies in its refusal to pretend that the personal isn’t also political and vice versa. -LA Times

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The Oscar Short Film Festival

February 9 - March 4
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Beginning Feb 9th, for four consecutive weekends, we are screening the 15 Oscar nominees for Best Short Film. This year’s assortment of Animated, Live Action and Documentary short Oscar contenders promises to be a celebration of intimate, personal storytelling. Every filmmaker leaves his or her fingerprints on the material, making it a rich collection of stories, all of which have something profound to say, whether big and bold or small and modest.

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February 16 - February 25

Single Tickets $6     Semester Passes $30     Where Are Films Shown?     Where Can I Park? The passage of time in Jonathan Olshefski’s profile of North Philadelphia’s Rainey family is something wonderful to behold. Though the film does have its totemic markers of presidential election and natural disasters, “Quest” luxuriates in the space between those moments, observing every family member as they gradually move towards the future. Setbacks and triumphs seemingly come hand-in-hand for the Raineys. But seeing…

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March 2018

Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story

March 2 - March 4
Oskar Knight

Sandwiched somewhere between This Is Spinal Tap and Sunset Boulevard, this unique biopic is the story of one of the greatest Hollywood directors that you’ve never heard of — Oskar Knight.

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In Between

March 17 - March 25

Arab-Israeli filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud’s debut film is a sparkling story of three young Palestinian women living in Israel. Lalia, Salma and Nur share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene.

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March 30 - April 1

In the 1930s and 40s, actress Hedy Lamarr was considered the world’s most beautiful woman. Never taken seriously in her lifetime – and manipulated by powerful men like studio mogul Louis B. Mayer (sound familiar?) – Lamar never got the recognition she deserved. Rather, Lamarr led a secret life. She was also the inventor of “frequency hopping,” which was used by the U.S. Navy during World War II to make torpedoes radio-controlled and unjammable by their targets.

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