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Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.

Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly  in your inbox!

Upcoming Film Programs

Big Men Movie Poster

Free Film Screening: “Big Men
Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

In “Big Men,” director Rachel Boynton has taken a complex phenomenon — the oil business as it is conducted in underdeveloped countries like Ghana and Nigeria — and crafted an edge-of-your-seat, character-driven drama. Filmed both in board rooms and in the bush, this documentary is an insightful look into the oil business and who profits from it. Executive produced by Brad Pitt, this film was an Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2014 True/False Film Fest. This screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.

HBO Superheros 1 Free Film Screening: “Superheroes”
Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

In celebration of adult Summer Reading, we kick-off our summer film series with the HBO documentary, “Superheroes.” Through this film, we follow the zany escapades of Real Life Superheroes (RLSH) as they patrol city streets with the goal of deterring crime, and, if necessary, taking the law into their own hands. Adults and teens.

Dear Mr Watterson Free Film Screening: “Dear Mr. Watterson”
Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

“Calvin & Hobbes” dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers from 1985-1995. When the strip’s creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip, devoted readers everywhere felt a great void left by Calvin and Hobbes’ departure. Twenty years later we explore why Watterson’s comic strip made such an impact on readers, and why it still means so much to us today.  Adults and teens.

Wonder Women 2Free Film Screening: “Wonder Women!”
Wednesday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

We will wrap up our summer film series with “Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of American Superheroines.” This documentary looks at female superheroes, warrior princesses and other icons of women’s empowerment in pop culture. Exploring our nation’s long-term love affair with comic book superheroes, the film raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. Adults and teens.

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