Enjoy powerful documentary films selected by the creators of the Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. Facilitated discussions to encourage community conversations about the issues addressed in the film follow each free screening.
Each film is shown twice—Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
Community Cinema, Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Photo Courtesy of Vaquera Productions
February 11, 7:00 p.m. and February 12 at 12:00 p.m.
Dating from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their young shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and political tension over immigration.
THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
March 4, 7:00 p.m. and March 5 at 12:00 p.m.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the famed boxer's toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali's exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.
April 15, 7:00 p.m. and April 16 at 12:00 p.m.
Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town's down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players' stories on and off the court - as the team's struggle to compete parallels the town's fight for survival.
THE NEW BLACK
May 6, 7:00 p.m. and May 7 at 12:00 p.m.
Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue. Part of the Women and Girls Lead campaign.