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January 8 + 9

Those Who Remained
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Director Barnabás Tóth tells a beautiful, lyrical story showing survivors healing in post-war Hungary. Teenaged Klara desperately hopes her father and mother will come home. A camp survivor and—like Klara—bereft of family, Aldo resumes working as a doctor. After an appointment, the teen and the doctor find a salve—the tissue of family—for their wounds. 

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

January 15 + 16

Truth Tellers
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

This new documentary film chronicles the lives of courageous Americans fighting for peace, racial equity, environmental justice, and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly. A long-time activist and artist, Shetterly has painted 250 portraits of such Americans, past and present. The film explores the intersections among issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness, stressing the urgency to confront them and provide a history lesson in what it means to be a citizen of a democracy.

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

February 5 + 6

Luzzu
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Jesmark is a hard-working Maltese fisherman facing an agonizing moral choice. He can repair his leaky luzzu—a colorful, traditional wooden fishing boat—in the hope of eking out a meager living for his wife and newborn son as his father and grandfather did before him or he can find the money to pay for his son’s medical needs. He could decommission his boat in exchange for a payout from the European Union and find something else to do. He has skills valued in a business with people on both sides of the law and facing environmental challenges. 

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

February 12 + 13

How They Got Over 
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Black gospel quartet music served as the bedrock for the mid-twentieth-century rock ‘n’ roll boom and helped break down racial walls across America. The film showcases the history of how Black gospel quartets traveled America, innovating new musical and performance styles that would influence a host of rock ‘n’ rollers for decades to come, and giving rise to performers like Sam Cooke, Lou Rawls, and Wilson Pickett. Featuring classic performance footage and interviews with some of the greatest names in gospel quartet music from the 1920s through the 1950s, the film celebrates the spirit of these performers who helped usher in a musical revolution that changed the world forever.

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

February 26 + 27

After Antarctica
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

We follow polar explorer Will Steger’s life journey as an eyewitness to the profound changes to the polar regions. In 1989, Steger led an international team of six scientists and explorers on the first coast-to-coast dogsled traverse of Antarctica. The expedition’s mission was to draw global attention to Antarctica’s changing climate and to renew the Antarctic Treaty protecting the continent from mineral exploitation. Despite his scientific training and awareness of climate change, Steger never expected what he would soon discover. This arduous expedition opened his eyes to the most pressing issue of our time and changed the course of his life forever. Thirty years later, Steger is on the ice once again at the opposite end of the Earth recounting both a lifetime of exploration and the life-changing journey that led him to where he is today. 

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

March 12 + 13

Wife of a Spy
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (unrelated to Akira Kurosawa) won the Silver Lion (Best Director) at the 2020 Venice Film Festival for this riveting, gorgeously crafted Hitchcockian thriller. The year is 1940 on the eve of World War II. Import-export merchant and amateur filmmaker Yusaku, played by Issey Takahashi (KILL BILL), senses his nation is on a disturbing path. After a trip to Manchuria, he is determined to expose what he witnessed there and secretly filmed. Meanwhile, his wife Satoko (award-winner Yû Aoi) is visited by her childhood friend—now a military policeman. He warns her that Yusaku is under suspicion of working with Japan’s enemies and reveals that a woman her husband brought back from his trip has died. Satoko confronts Yusaku, but soon finds herself torn among loyalty to her husband, the life they have built, the country they call home, and a moral universe that exceeds national boundaries.

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.

March 19 + 20

Winged Migration
Cinema Explorations
10:00 a.m., Railroad Square Cinema

This innovative, spectacular film does not just tell the when, where, and how migratory birds range over the globe or even just show these creatures in flight, it takes us along on their magnificent journeys. With cinematography delivered by novel, miniaturized cameras, hot air balloons, and ultralight aircraft, we gain an incredible point of view from inside the flock, flying alongside other birds. We are proud and pleased to be able to bring this classic back to the big screen where it can be best appreciated. If you have not seen it, be sure to come on Saturday because you will want to see it again on Sunday!

Cinema Explorations is sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. This series is free and open to the public.