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Play it Again: Films You May Have Missed/Virtual Film Discussions
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Join us on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm this December! View these films at home (check https://www.justwatch.com) for options, and join us for a Zoom discussion on the dates listed below.
Bob Kagan was Chair of the Communication Department at Manchester Community College for 30 years. In his “unretirement” he teaches Communication courses at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford. He has been leading film discussions at the Avon Free Public Library for the past six years.
December 7 – The Florida Project, 2017
This gem of a film largely flew under the radar when it was first released. Six year old Moonee lives with her mom in a low rent motel in the shadow of Disney World. William Dafoe plays the manager of the motel who bends the rules to help struggling families stay afloat. This film features wonderful performances by Brooklynn Prince as Moonne as well as Dafoe. Available from the library and streaming on Netflix.
December 14 – The Trial of the Chicago 7, 2020
Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed this dramatization of the trial stemming from the riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Featuring an outstanding cast including Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, the film will take you on a trip down memory lane. Available on Netflix. View the trailer here
December 21 – Worth, 2020
The 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund – millions of dollars set aside for the families of the victims. How do you disburse this money? How do you place a value on a human life? What is the life of a janitor worth? The life of a fireman? All thorny questions. Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci sparkle in this riveting tale. Available on Netflix. View the trailer here
December 28 – Passing, 2021 –
Based on a 1927 novella by Nella Larsen, Passing focus on two childhood friends, reunited after 20 years. While both are Black, one has decided to “pass” and live as White. This drama poignantly explores issues of race and self-identity. Described as powerful and provocative. Don’t miss it. Available on Netflix. View the trailer here
Please register once for the series, even if you can’t attend all the sessions. Zoom links will be sent out before the event.
Series sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Library.