Join us every fourth Friday in May, June, July, Aug., Sept. 2017
Belfast Library’s October Friday Night Flix
October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Friday, repeating until October 27, 2017
Belfast Library’s October Friday Night Flix feature films searching for “Global Truth”
For the October Flix, Karen and Paul have found films based directly on recent international events, some fictional and some fact-based. These are stories of people caught in webs of their own or others’ making, fighting through a fog of conflicting information to find the truth.
Denial (2016), on October 6th, is based on the acclaimed book “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.” by Deborah E. Lipstadt. The author (portrayed by Rachel Weisz) won a legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (Timothy Spall), who in 2000 accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. The film has special current relevance in raising issues of “fake news” and the twisting of history. 109 min. Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language. In English, German and Hebrew, with subtitles.
The October 13th film highlights the day-to-day work of the UN’s justice staff in Storm (2009). New Zealander Kerry Fox portrays Hannah Maynard, a prosecutor for the Hague Tribunal, who tries untangle the war crimes of a former Serbian commander. Some of the witnesses may be lying, so she is sent to Bosnia to investigate. There are no shootouts or bombs, but it depicts the difficulty of finding truth in the midst of war. In English, German, Bosnian, Serbian with subtitles. Rated PG-13 (for thematic content, some disturbing images, and language). 116 min.
Petroleum politics and the global influence of the oil industry is the theme of October 20th’s film Syriana (2005). Through overlapping stories in multiple locations, the story follows a CIA operative (George Clooney), an energy analyst (Matt Damon), a Washington, D.C. attorney (Jeffrey Wright), and a young unemployed Pakistani migrant worker (Mazhar Munir). Rated R for violence and language. 128 min. In English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, French, Mandarin w/subtitles.
The month ends with a fictionalized comedy-drama on October 27th, Our Brand Is Crisis (2015), based on the 2005 documentary film of the same name by Rachel Boynton. During the 2002 presidential elections in Bolivia, American political campaign strategists were called in to “help.” The film stars Sandra Bullock, displaying the strength of her comic timing, and Billy Bob Thornton, in a role based on James Carville, who was one of the actual team. 92 min. Rated R for language and brief graphic nudity. In English and Spanish, with subtitles.
All films are FREE Fridays at 7 PM at the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library