Film Focus: An Independent Film Festival

Experience these powerful, first-run films by independent filmmakers.


Monday, April 10, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

USA, documentary

Inheritance is an extraordinary, gut-wrenching account of the continuing effects of Nazi horrors on human souls. The Schindler’s List portrayal of the Plaszow concentration camp and its brutal commander, Amon Goeth, set in motion the events recounted by this new documentary. A Holocaust film like no other, it tells the stories of two women with very different scars from the World War II genocide of Europe’s Jews — whose sorrows and angers intersect in the haunting memory of one man.

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

USA, documentary

How can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.   This documentary follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”

Fair Housing: A Place to Call Home

Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

USA, documentary

The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1968 made it illegal to refuse to sell or rent a place to live to anyone based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status or disability.  But that didn’t prevent discrimination.  This film recounts the history of housing discrimination in the United States while profiling the origins and ongoing work of the Toledo Fair Housing Center.  This fledgling organization founded in 1975 by a core group of concerned citizens had a central focus to expand equal housing opportunities for all people both locally and nationally. Today, the Toledo Fair Housing Center is recognized as a national leader for its fair housing investigations, precedent setting cases, enforcement, advocacy, training, and outreach.

Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Monday, May 1, 2017 @ 7 p.m.

France/Belgium, drama/thriller

In this supernatural war film, French Army Captain Antares Bonassieu and his squad are assigned to monitor a remote valley of Wakhan, Afghanistan on the border of Pakistan. Negotiating control of the region between local shepherds and possible Taliban sympathizers grows more and more tenuous for them as men from all sides start mysteriously disappearing. Unable to explain this eerie phenomenon, the soldiers find themselves embroiled in an existential nightmare, desperate for their own safety.

These films are not subject to rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. Recommended for adults; some films may contain strong language, sexual content, and violence.