Some of these films have not been rated and may be aimed at a mature audience. Parental discretion is advised.
March 13th – War Witch (Canada/Congo, 2012) 90 min
Komona is only 12 years old when she is kidnapped by rebel soldiers and enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle. Forced to commit unspeakable acts of brutality, she finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions (inspiring a rebel chief to anoint her “War Witch”), and in a tender relationship with a fellow soldier named Magician. Together, they manage to escape the rebels’ clutches, and a normal life finally seems within reach. When their freedom proves short-lived, Komona realizes she must find a way to bury the ghosts of her past.
April 10th – Tanta Agua (Uruguay, 2013) 102 min
Fourteen-year-old Lucía would rather do anything than go on vacation with her father, Alberto, and her younger brother Federico. But Alberto, who is divorced from Lucía and Federico’s mother, is determined to get closer to his children over a week at a family resort. The kids’ initial reluctance and the constant rain threaten to derail his plans. Slowly, circumstances start to bring the three of them together, in ways none of them could have suspected.
May 8th - Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013) 99 min
Set in Singapore, the relationship between the Lim family and their newly arrived maid, Teresa is examined. Like many other Filipino women, she has come to this city in search of a better life. Her presence in the family worsens their already strained relationship. Jiale, the young and troublesome son, forms a unique bond with Teresa, who soon becomes an unspoken part of the family. But this is 1997 and the Asian Financial Crisis is beginning to be felt in the region…
June 12th – Together (Sweden, 2000) 106 min
It is 1975 and bourgeois mother of two Elisabeth tires of her husband Rolf’s abusive and drunken behavior. She takes her two children to stay with her brother Goran who lives in a hippy commune called ‘Tillsammans’ (Together). The move proves challenging to everyone in the commune as Elisabeth’s lifestyle conflicts with the seventies idealism of the other inhabitants. The air is suddenly ripe with change, sexual possibility and the loss of idealism for all concerned in this gentle but perceptive and charming comedy.
All films are FREE and open to the public Sponsored by Friends of the Coos Bay Library