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Library Film Series

FREE and open to the public.

Fruitvale Station

Date: August 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Main Library, North Conference Room (W449)
Facilitated by Terrion L. Williamson, MSU Department of English.

In coordination with One Book, One Community and the Project 60/50 initiative.

Ryan Coogler's powerful film Fruitvale Station tells the story of the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, a young African-American man shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on a subway platform on Oakland, California. Please join us for a screening and conversation after the film about the abiding impact and broad social and historical effects of race and racism.

The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at (517) 884-6454 one week before an event. Requests received after that time will be met when possible.

Mona Lisa is Missing (2012, running time is 129 minutes)

Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

Presented by Susan Bandes, Director, Museum Studies Program, Former Director, Kresge Art Museum, 1986 – 2010.

“How did a simple Italian workman steal the most famous painting in the world? Quite easily.” (themonalisa.com)

“A man steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. His 84-year-old daughter thought he did it for patriotic reasons. A filmmaker spends more than 30 years trying to find the truth.” (imdb.com)

Numbered (Israel 2012, run time: 60 minutes)

Date: October 14, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

A Kessler Film Event

Presented by Howard Bossen, Professor of Photography & Visual Communication, MSU School of Journalism and Adjunct Curator of Photography, MSU Museum and Kenneth Waltzer, Professor Emeritus, James Madison College and MSU Jewish Studies Program.

Cosponsored by MSU Jewish Studies Program and the MSU Peace and Justice Studies Program

Numbered is a documentary that focuses on the lives of those who survived the Nazi death camp complex, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and examines our relationship with what has become one of the Holocaust's most notorious "trademarks" - the numbered tattoo given to prisoners selected for work in the Auschwitz complex of camps. Cinematography and photography by award-winning photojournalist Uriel Sinai. Directed by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005, running time: 115 minutes)

Date: October 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

In celebration of National Chemistry Week

Cosponsored by the MSU Department of Chemistry and the MSU Local Section of the American Chemical Society

Director Tim Burton brings his unique vision to Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book into the screen interpretation. The story is that Charlie Bucket, a young boy coming from a poor but loving family, wins a golden ticket and is given a tour along with four other children, to the astounding chocolate factory fun by the eccentric Willy Wonka and his staff. Please join us for a screening and conversation after the film.

Finding Dawn (2006, run time: 73 minutes) and Snare (2013, run time: 3.5 minutes)

Date: November 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Location: MSU Main Library North Conference Room (W449)

Presented Laura Smith, Department of Art, Art History and Design, and with special guest speaker Emily Proctor (Odawa), MSU Tribal Extension Educator, Emmet County, who will speak on human trafficking and indigenous communities in the Great Lakes.

Cosponsored by the MSU American Indian Studies Program and the MSU College of Arts and Letters

FINDING DAWN puts a human face on a tragedy that has received precious little attention. Dawn Crey, Ramona Wilson and Daleen Kay Bosse are just three of the estimated 500 Aboriginal women who have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past 30 years. Acclaimed Metis filmmaker Christine Welsh embarks on an epic journal to shed light on these murders and disappearances that remain unresolved to this day.

2006, Winner, Amnesty International Film Festival, Gold Audience Award

Spare and visually arresting, with a haunting soundtrack, SNARE is a performance-based piece that captures the brutality of violence against aboriginal women, as well as the possibility of healing and grace.

Nominated, Best Experimental Film, Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards

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