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.
Due to the variety of languages and accents represented, as well as accommodations for the hearing impaired, all films are shown with English subtitles.
Schedule of Events
Friday, February 1, 2019
When the French-African couple Paul and Sali discover the longed-for baby they are about to adopt is white, family chaos and confrontation ensue. With joy, Paul and Sali adopt the baby but initially keep his ethnicity a secret from their family. On the one side, there is a social worker whose prejudice drives her surprise visits, seeking faults in the home or familial environment, and on the other is the baby’s adopted grandmother, doing what this West African mother does best – exaggerating everything! Luckily, she does this to great comic effect. This film brings to light obvious assumptions people hold about race and culture – and turns them on their head!
Friday, March 1, 2019
Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that takes him on a journey to the very heart of himself. It starts with Gregorius walking to school when he is sidetracked by a young woman standing on the rail of a bridge. He saves her from what was surely meant to be a suicidal plunge. This one act is the start of his escape from a reserved lifestyle spent in solitude. When she abruptly leaves, Gregorius realizes her story is infinitely more important than another day spent correcting essays, taking the professor on a journey to solve the mystery of the young woman and the intriguing book she leaves behind.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Looking for help in his bakery where he specializes in doriyaki pastries, Sentaro hires 76-year-old Tokue.To Sentaro’s surprise, his new employee has a unique talent for making the popular delicacy … but she’s also hiding a troubling secret. A beautiful partnership blossoms between Tokue and a needy teenage girl, Wakana, a regular customer with her own touching story. Sweet Bean is no fairy tale, and unexpected revelations add layers of emotional complexity and metaphorical suggestions. The film is a heartwarming, albeit a bittersweet, experience.
We thank this year’s film selection committee members.
- Penny Belanger
- Mary Jo Fox
- Sue Gordon
- Roy Jackson
- Joel & Nancy Kaplan
- Lucy Laurens
- Judi Lloyd
- George & Betty Orsega
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Rosalie Wood