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 films 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.
When former political journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her elderly mother, Philomena (played by Judi Dench), who as a teenager gave birth while working at a Catholic convent. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son – an assignment that eventually leads them to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena come face-to-face with some long-buried secrets while they discover her son’s fate. All the while, the type-A Martin and the ceaselessly charming Philomena learn to trust each other.
Biography, Drama – Language: English, PG-13, 98 minutes, filmed in London, England
In the summer of 1969, Cliff Buxton (Sam Neill) leads a team of scientists overseeing the operations of one of the world’s largest radio telescope dishes, nestled in a New South Wales community of sheep farmers. The Australian technicians had agreed to rig up a satellite interface to be used as a backup receiver for the television transmission from the moon, should the main receiver in California fail. Buxton and his men are more than happy to help, and the village is agog as they gear up for their own small part in one of the world’s greatest adventures. When a change in Apollo 11’s schedule means the Australian dish will have to pick up the vital broadcast from the moon, the Australians must pull the show together. Based on a true story, The Dish takes a smart, witty, comical look at the differing cultural attitudes between Australia and the U.S. while revisiting one of the greatest events in history.
Comedy, Drama – Language: English, PG-13, 101 minutes, filmed in UK (England and Ireland), USA
We thank this year’s film selection committee members. They are:
- Fred & Kelly Buchan
- Mary Jo Fox
- Roy Jackson
- Olwen Jarvis
- Joel & Nancy Kaplan
- Carlene Mount
- George & Betty Orsega
- Mary Beth Seidenfield
- Rosalie WOod