Film Focus: An Independent Film Festival

All films are shown at Maumee Branch Library.

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Dolores

March 25 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 | Documentary | English
In partnership with the Steinem Sisters Collection

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at age 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt, 96 Minutes.

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I Am Not A Witch

April 1 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 | Drama | English, Nyanja

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8-year old Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp in the middle of a desert. At the camp she takes part in an initiation ceremony where she is shown the rules surrounding her new life as a witch. Like the other residents, Shula is tied to a ribbon which is attached to a coil that perches in a large tree. She is told that should she ever cut the ribbon, she'll be cursed and transformed into a goat. Directed by Rungano Nyoni, 93 Minutes.

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Lost in Paris

April 8 | 6:45 p.m.

2016 | Comedy | English, French

When Fiona's orderly life is disrupted by a distressed letter from her 88-year-old Aunt Martha (who is living in Paris, France), she hops on the first available plane and arrives only to discover that Martha has disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, Fiona encounters Dom, an affable but annoying displaced man, who just won't leave her alone. Replete with amazing antics and intricately choreographed slapstick comedy, Lost in Paris is a wondrously fun and hectic tale of peculiar people finding love while lost in the City of Lights. Directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, 83 Minutes.

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Over the Limit

April 15 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 |Documentary | Russian

An intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun, as she prepared to represent Russia in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Over the Limit shows how the Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries, while also showing firsthand how athletes are affected mentally by such training. The subtle editing and effective sound design allow viewers to feel Rita’s despair and pain, as well as the intense pressure she's living under. Directed by Marta Prus, 74 Minutes. Photo courtesy of IMDB.

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The Rider

April 22 | 6:45 p.m.

2017 |Western, Drama | English | Rated R

After a tragic bull-riding accident, young cowboy Brady Jandreau, once a riding rodeo star, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Jandreau finds himself wondering what he has left to live for when he can no longer do what he loves. In an attempt to regain control of his future, Jandreau undertakes a search for a new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Directed by Chloé Zhao, 104 Minutes. Photo courtesy of IMDB.

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Most movies in the series are unrated, and may include content not appropriate for children or teens.

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