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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

Dance for MeFree Film Screening: “Dance for Me
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Professional ballroom dancing is very big in little Denmark. Since success in this intensely competitive art depends on finding the right partner, aspiring Danish dancers often look beyond their borders to find their matches. In “Dance for Me,” 15-year-old Russian performer Egor leaves home to team up with 14-year-old Mie, one of Denmark’s most promising young dancers. This documentary directed by Katrine Philp is a poetic coming-of-age story, with a global twist and thrilling dance moves. This screening is a collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.

Big Men Movie PosterFree 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.

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