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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

Young at Heart ChorusFree Film Screening: “Young@Heart
Wednesday, September 14, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Their average age is 81, but the spirited members of Young@Heart Chorus perform songs by artists from The Clash to Coldplay for audiences around the world. Director Stephen Walker captures their inspirational journey together, upending assumptions about friendship, old age, life and death.This month’s screening is held in conjunction with this year’s One Read program. Adults and teens.


All the DifferenceFree Film Screening: “All the Difference
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

The often crushing yet invisible struggles of young African-American men come vividly — and heroically — to life in this month’s documentary feature “All the Difference,” which traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. Oscar-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.


IrisFree Film Screening: “Iris
Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

“Iris” pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens,” “Gimme Shelter“) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsize influence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.

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