Join the Lifetime Learning Center for this year’s round of exceptional international films, selected by the LLC Film Selection Committee for your enjoyment and enlightenment.
All film events take place in Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern Campus of Craven Community College. Each film has two screenings on each date, at 2:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. All films are offered FREE to the public. Donations support the series. If you would like to see a preview for each of the films – please click on the corresponding film image next to each description.
Friday, November 3
With his Kosher bakery business faltering badly, the feisty and elderly Jewish Nat is under increasing pressure from his son to close down the shop. However, the arrival of Ayyash, a young Muslim apprentice soon puts an unexpected charge in Nat’s sales. Though troubled, Ayyash develops an unlikely friendship with Nat as he learns the trade in Nat’s London bakery. Together, they find common ground through a love of baking and an unconventional recipe that ensures the business will flourish. Despite the differences in their age, race and religion, together, Nat and Ayyash humorously find redemption in Dough.
Friday, January 5
Despite being deposed as president of his condo’s resident association, 59-year-old misanthrope Ove continues to plague his neighbors with dictatorial demands. But when Ove’s new neighbor runs over his mailbox, the old crank finds he’s met his match. As Ove continues to try to enforce the community’s rules, and remain unhappy, he finds an unlikely friendship develop with his new neighbor. This is a heart warming tale that teaches us all to try to better understand others, accept them for who they are and to live life together. Through humor and heart, A Man Called Ove tells a powerful story of friendship and acceptance.
Friday, February 2
Young misfit Ricky Baker, accustomed to the city and hip-hop music, is placed with foster parents in the New Zealand countryside in the hopes of a fresh start. He grows comfortable with his foster parents, loving Aunt Bella and cantankerous Uncle Hec, and his dog, Tupac. But when Bella’s death threatens to send Ricky back to child services, the irascible Hec heads for the bush with Ricky, setting off a national manhunt. They must either go down together or overcome their differences and survive as a team – a family. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a comedic look at a most serious and challenging journey for a troubled teen and his newly widowed foster parent.
Friday, March 2
In 1986, five-year-old Saroo becomes trapped on a decommissioned passenger train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from a poor home and loving family. He must learn to survive alone in Calcutta; unable to identify himself or his family. Ultimately, he is adopted by a privileged and loving Australian couple and raised in Tasmania. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on a true story, Saroo struggles between two families and two worlds as he searches for where he truly belongs
Friday, April 13
The African Doctor is the true story of Seyolo Zantoko. As a new doctor of Congolese descent in France, Seyolo wanted to avoid the corruption of his country and turned down an offer to be the personal doctor to Zaire’s president, Joseph-Desire Mobutu. Instead, Seyolo moves his family to a small, rural French village. They struggle to adapt – the locals consider him a sorcerer and will not visit him, his children are bullied and his wife is outcast. Despite these challenges, the family perseveres and, in time, they all win the trust and support of their new village.
We thank this year’s film selection committee members. They are:
- Penny Belanger
- Mary Jo Fox
- Sue Gordon
- Roy Jackson
- Joel & Nancy Kaplan
- Lucy Laurens
- Judi Lloyd
- George & Betty Orsega
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Rosalie Wood