Movies: anytime, any location, all ages

Saturday, October 31, 2015
1:30pm @ Plaza Branch

On the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15, the Library offers three films favorited in recent years by Latino/ Latina audiences. Movies are introduced by area scholars and experts, who return to lead question-and-answer sessions after the screenings.

Friday, November 6, 2015
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

"A Raisin In the Sun" is a powerful ground-breaking drama showcasing an electrifying performance by Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier. The Younger family sees a chance to get out of their crowded Chicago apartment and into a house in a white suburb when a $10,000 insurance windfall comes their way. Disaster looms when Walter (Poitier) is given charge of the money. This classic American drama explores family dynamics as members struggle to find their share of the American dream in a racist setting. (1961 NR)

Friday, November 13, 2015
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert star in Frank Capra's screwball comedy, "It Happened One Night." Threatened with an annulment of a marriage Ellie's (Colbert) father disapproves of, Ellie takes off on a runaway journey to meet up with her playboy hubby. Along the way she runs into Peter Wayne (Gable), a reporter, who offers to help for an exclusive on her story. Winner of five Academy Awards for 1934, this film is just plain fun.

Friday, November 20, 2015
12:00pm @ Waldo Branch

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the thriller "Inception" about a man who has access to the dreams of others and is in great demand in industrial espionage. But it has also made him a fugitive as he tries to plant ideas through the dream state rather than stealing them in order to pull off the perfect crime. (PG-13)

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The PBS documentary series Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Reshaped a Nation chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos in the U.S. The Library screens the episode Empire of Dreams, covering the period from 1880-1942, when the influx of newly immigrated Cubans, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans began arriving and building strong Latino-American communities in our country.

A discussion afterward is led by two University of Kansas scholars: Ruben Flores, an associate professor of American studies associate director of the school’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Christina Bejarano, an associate professor of political science and faculty member in university’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

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