Docs and Discussion: Beats of the Antonov

Image courtesy of PBS
Image courtesy of PBS

Wednesday, August 5th at 6:30 p.m. - Beats of the Antonov (2014); NR; 68 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. Beats of the Antonov explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. Beats of the Antonov premiers on PBS Monday, August 3rd.

Community Room Upgrade

Library closing early at 6 p.m. Friday, August 7th

The Louise Parker Berry Community Room is getting an upgrade! We will be closing early and have no film on Friday, August 7th as we update our system. We’re bringing crisper picture and better sound quality, all to make your movie-watching experience the best it can be!

Join us next week for The Decoy Bride.

Friday Night Feature - 'The Decoy Bride'

Friday, August 14th  at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - The Decoy Bride (2011) Starring David Tennant, Alice Eve and Kelly Macdonald; Rated PG; 89 minutes;

When the world's media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Through the Lens Video Series

Marianne Eggler is a distinguished art and design historian. She presented on "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Disperal" at Darien Library on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Eggler is a gallery lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).


What happens when a book is returned to Darien Library? Come take a ride on the conveyor belt and discover the mystery of what happens behind the scenes!


Through the Lens is proud to present Colum McCann, a critically acclaimed Irish born writer who lives and works in New York City.
He is the 2009 winner of the prestigious National Book Award. His latest book, Transatlantic, has been universally praised for his vision and the audacity of his writing. In person, Colum is everything a diva is not. He is extremely polite, cooperative and articulate with a refreshing, self-deprecating sense of humor.

He sat with us on May 24, 2014 for a short video interview and allowed us to take a peak into the dignity and humanity of his creative soul.

We hope you enjoy watching him as much as we did filming him.

Wednesday Matinee - 'Mr. Turner'

Wednesday,  August 19th at 1:30 P.M. -  Mr. Turner  (2014) Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Paul Jesson, Marion Bailey, Lesley Manville and Martin Savage ; Rated R; 150 minutes; Presented with captions for the hearing impaired.

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Docs and Discussion: The Storm Makers

Wednesday, August 19th at 6:30 p.m. - The Storm Makers (2014); NR; 66 minutes.

Docs and Discussion is our new film discussion series meant to inspire thoughtful conversation on a global topic.

More than half a million Cambodians work abroad, and a staggering third of those become slaves. Many are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes. A chilling exposé of Cambodia's human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves the story of Aya, a young peasant sold into slavery at age 16, with that of two powerful traffickers (known as "storm makers" for the havoc they wreak) who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country's borders. French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon presents an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.

For more information, please watch the film's trailer. Check out what else we're screening.

This event is a collaboration with POV, the award-winning independent non-fiction film series on PBS. The Storm Makers premiers on PBS Friday, August 31st.

Friday Night Feature - 'Elsa & Fred'

Friday, August  21st at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - Elsa & Fred  (2014) Starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Scott Bakula and Wendell Pierce; Rated PG-13; 104 minutes;

Aged, embittered widower Fred learns to enjoy life thanks to his elderly yet vibrant neighbor Elsa. Upon learning Elsa is terminally ill, Fred takes her to the Fontana di Trevi in Rome in order to reenact her favorite scene from "La Dolce Vita"

For more information, please watch the film's trailer.  Check out what else we're screening.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

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