Film lovers rejoice! True/False is in full swing, showing a variety of entertaining and thought-provoking documentaries at venues throughout downtown Columbia. I try to see a handful of films every year, and without fail I am transformed by the experience. Each movie is a lens that causes me to see the world a bit differently, to feel more grateful, more connected, outraged or moved to be kinder.
Through nonfiction films you can take an in-depth look at a New York family’s attempt to live without television or toilet paper, a Frenchman’s scheme to walk an illegally rigged tightrope between the New York World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the lives of elementary school children in China experimenting with democracy, the experiences of participants in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol,” the state of newspapers in the Internet age and more.
If you can’t make it to True/False this year or your attendance at the festival leaves you hungry for more, check out the library’s DVD collection, which includes many of the films featured during past years. You can also attend Center Aisle Cinema, the library’s very own free documentary film series held monthly at the Columbia Public Library.