The Lifetime Learning Center presents Explorations: The International Film Series!

Craven Community College - Orringer Auditorium
Two screenings: Fridays at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free - Your donations support the series

Due to the variety of languages and accents represented, as well as accommodation for the hearing impaired, all films are shown with English subtitles.

Artistic depiction of a man and woman with coffee mugs inside a mid-twentieth-century diner

Exhibition on Screen - An Art Documentary
Hopper: An American Love Story

Seventh Art Productions
Friday, December 8, 2023
Free – 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Orringer Auditorium
Biography/Documentary - NR
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Two older men smiling goofily in still from the film Seducing Dr. Lewis

Seducing Dr. Lewis

Friday, January 5, 2024
2003 - Canada/French
Comedy - NR
87 minutes
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A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village in St. Marie-La-Mauderne, Canada, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to help Dr. Christopher Lewis choose to stay. Fortunately, the village of St. Marie does have a draw: Eve, a lovely postal worker. Eve is the only one in town not trying to seduce Dr. Lewis, though she'd have the most luck. She mocks his superior attitude toward the locals. When he asks what she's reading, she replies that actually she's only capable of looking at the pictures. You know it's only a matter of time before they get together.

Still of Maria Anna in white period wig playing the violin from the film Mozart's sister

Mozart's Sister

Friday, February 2, 2024
2010 - France/French
Period Drama - NR
120 minutes
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Mozart's Sister is a re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna Mozart, the older sister to Wolfgang and a true musical prodigy in her own right. Once the featured performer, she has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction. Their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French Revolution Europe. Approaching marriageable age and now forbidden to play the violin or compose, Maria Anna chafes at the limitations imposed on her gender, but a friendship with the son and daughter of Louis XV offers her ways to challenge the established sexual and social order.

Black-and-white still of little boy running with a toy wooden sword and trash-can lid shield from the film Belfast


Friday, March 1, 2024
2021 - United Kingdom/English
Biography/Drama - PG-13
98 minutes
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It is 1969, and nine-year-old Buddy finds his peaceful life disturbed as a national conflict is starting to brew in Northern Ireland: unionists and loyalists want the country to remain within the United Kingdom, while nationalists and republicans are campaigning for the country to join a united Ireland. As the tension between these two opposing forces escalates, Buddy's family must decide whether to stay or move somewhere safe. Kenneth Branaugh directs this semi-autobiographical film with an all-star cast including Judi Dench, Ciarian Hinds, and Caitriona Balfe. Belfast is infused with Branaugh's love of film and film history. With expressive black-and-white camera work, he circles the edges of social realism while keeping one foot firmly planted in the world of movies.

Still of a pregnant woman from the film My Wonderful Wanda

My Wonderful Wanda

Friday, April 5, 2024
2020 - Switzerland and Germany/German
Comedy/Drama - NR
129 minutes
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My Wonderful Wanda is a delightful satire of the haves and the have-nots set against the backdrop of a gorgeous lakeside villa in Switzerland. At the story's center is Wanda, a Polish caretaker who has left her own small children in Poland to look after Josef, the stroke-ridden patriarch of the very wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor dynasty. Wanda is adept at navigating the tricky family dynamics between the two grown (if still childish) offspring and the elegant (if controlling) matriarch Elsa, along with the sporadic intervention of animals - stuffed or alive. An unexpected turn of events turns everything upside down in this very human comedy

Film Selection Committee

Each year, members of the LLC International Film Selection Committee watch over 25 movies. They take notes, share their impressions, and rate each of the films. They bring great ideas to the process and create one of the most creative and diverse film series in the region. We wish to recognize and thank our very hard-working film selection committee:

Penny Belanger
Cindy Burrows
Sherry Clark
Norman Durocher
Mary Jo Fox
Jim Gruenebaum
Terri Jones
Lucy Laurens
Judi Lloyd
Fred Ohsol
Mary Anne Ohsol
Betty Orsega
George Orsega

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New Bern Campus

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