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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

Havana CurveballFree Film Screening: “Havana Curveball
Wednesday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

“Havana Curveball” follows a young teenager with a grand vision of doing good. Mica’s plan is to send baseballs to Cuba, knowing only that Cubans love baseball, but lack resources — and that Cuba gave his grandpa refuge during the Holocaust. On a hunch, his filmmaker parents, Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, picked up their cameras to document his personal coming-of-age story.


When I WalkFree Film Screening: “When I Walk

Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. “When I Walk” is a candid and brave chronicle of his struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of MS while holding on to his personal and creative life. While his body grew weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, were buoyed by his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who became his wife and filmmaking partner. This life-affirming documentary is filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.

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