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August 30, 2016


Start: August 30, 2016 7:00 PM
End: August 30, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
90 min | 2015 | Iran/Germany/Switzerland | Not Rated
Presented in English and Farsi with English subtitles.

If 18-year-old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. In addition, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary filmmakers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film’s core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video.

Winner: Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize–2016 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award—2015 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

September 3, 2016


Start: September 3, 2016 11:00 AM
End: September 3, 2016 1:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Various
60 min | 2016 | Various Countries | Not Rated

A program of short films from around the world for ages 8 and up from the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival.

September 6, 2016


Start: September 6, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 6, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Adam Nimoy
105 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

A one-of-a-kind documentary sure to unite Trekkies worldwide, For the Love of Spock tells the story of Star Trek’s Mr. Spock and the actor who played him for nearly fifty years, Leonard Nimoy.

The film’s focus began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but after Leonard passed away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. Adam not only shares details on the creation, evolution, and universal impact of Mr. Spock, but also about the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon.

For the Love of Spock is laden with never-before-seen footage and interviews of friends, family, and colleagues that include William Shatner and the original Star Trek cast, Zachary Quinto and the new crew of the Starship Enterprise, filmmaker JJ Abrams, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Winner: Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature2016 Fantasia International Film Festival; Official Selection: 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

September 7, 2016


Start: September 7, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 7, 2016 9:30 PM
Venue: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
138 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT, 84101
Cost: Free

Directed by Steven Cantor
85 min | 2016 | United Kingdom | Not Rated
Presented in English and Russian with English subtitles.

•Post-film Q&A with director Steven Cantor moderated by KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Ukrainian-born “bad boy of ballet” Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But a few years later—at the height of his success—he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely. Steven Cantor’s Dancer tracks the life of this iconoclastic virtuoso, from his prodigal beginnings in the Ukraine to his awe-inspiring performances in the U.K., Russia, and eventually the U.S., where he went viral after David LaChapelle filmed him dancing to Hozier’s “Take Me to Church.” Yet, beyond celebrating the raw talent and wild ambition of Polunin, whose sights are now set on Hollywood, Dancer considers how wealth and success may not be enough when it comes to finding personal and professional identity.

“The James Dean of the ballet world.” Daily Telegraph
“The youngest-ever star of one of the world’s great ballet companies.” Intelligent Life
“One of the dance world’s hottest young stars.” Stage
“Without question, the most naturally gifted male ballet dancer of his generation.” The Observer
“A theatre animal with an extraordinary natural sense of belonging on the stage.” Monica Mason, former director of the Royal Ballet

September 13, 2016


Start: September 13, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 13, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Sylvie Rokab
76 min | 2014 | USA | Not Rated

We’ve lost touch with nature. This disconnect hurts our health, dulls our spirit, and threatens our future. Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. With mesmerizing artistry and fascinating details, the film explores how nature nourishes us.

Neeson is the voice of Homo Sapiens—our collective humankind—who, in the past few thousand years, has come to believe that we are separate from nature. This mind-set has caused us to disrupt billions of years of evolution, causing a mass extinction of species and threatening the survival of the human race.

Love Thy Nature shows that a new era of connectedness with the natural world is key to ensuring our species’ future. This era might just be dawning: A new science called biomimicry taps into nature’s four billion years of R&D for some of the most brilliant cutting edge inventions, pointing to a new highly advanced technological age: The Biological Revolution.

In the medical field, doctors are unveiling new findings on the role of nature to sustain and heal the human body. Experts have also discovered that just spending time in nature promotes healing, emotional stability, connectedness, and even neurological health in children.

Through Sapiens’ journey, the film reveals how a relationship with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. Traversing the globe, Love Thy Nature shares the dazzling spectacles of our planet while revealing how a deeper connection with nature transforms us as people and communities. The transformation inspires us not only to restore our ecosystems, but also our human family, and ourselves.

Winner: Best Documentary Feature 2015Honolulu Film Awards, Three Excellence Awards2015 Accolade Competition, Best Doucmentary2015 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, and several more. 


September 15, 2016


Start: September 15, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 15, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Marmalade Library Marmalade Library
280 W 500 N, Salt Lake City
Cost: Free

Directed by Scott Sheppard
86 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

This gripping documentary follows Rev. Frank Schaefer as he was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. The Schaefer family was pulled into a movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation’s second largest protestant denomination. An Act of Love follows Rev. Schaefer’s journey from small-town minister to outspoken advocate, as well as the ongoing debate in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion.

Winner: Audience Award–2016 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

September 20, 2016


Start: September 20, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 20, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Vitaly Mansky
110 min | 2016 | Russia/Germany/Czech Republic/Latvia/ North Korea | Not Rated
Presented in Korean with English subtitles.

“My father says that Korea is the most beautiful country… Korea is the land of the rising sun,” says eight-year-old schoolgirl Zin-mi. Despite continuous interference by government handlers, director Vitaly Mansky still managed to document life in Pyongyang, North Korea in this fascinating portrait of one girl and her parents in the year as she prepares to join the Korean Children’s Union on the ‘Day Of The Shining Star’ (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday). As the family receives instruction on how to be the ideal patriots, Mansky’s watchful camera capture details from comrades struggling to stay awake during an official event to Zin-mi’s tears at a particularly grueling dance lesson.

Official Selection: 2016 SXSW Film Festival, 2016 Hot Docs Canadian Documentary Festival, 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival

“A fascinating study in state propaganda and the darker truth that hovers just outside the frame.” —The Hollywood Reporter

September 27, 2016


Start: September 27, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 27, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: The City Library The City Library
210 E. 400 S. , Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
Cost: Free

Directed by Jennifer Jordan
60 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated

*Post-film Q&A with director Jennifer Jordan and Co-Producer Jeff Rhoads

This is the story of Greg Mortenson, his mission to bring about peace through education, his meteoric rise, and the scandal that brought him to his knees. It is the story of the difference his work is making in some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the world. The film explores the brilliance and the blindness of a great but sometimes flawed human being, and finally, it reveals what has happened since the scandal to the man, his schools, and his dream of spreading “peace through books not bombs.”

In 2000 and again in 2002, Jeff Rhoads and Jennifer Jordan made the arduous, week-long journey into base camp at the foot of K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to research future books and shoot a documentary for National Geographic. Those treks took the two through scores of remote mountain villages, many of which had only one building with four plumb walls standing among the mud and stone huts. Those buildings turned out to be Central Asia Institute schools.

Then in 2011, allegations arose that many of those schools did not exist and that Mortenson had used the Institute as his “personal ATM.” Having helped us with both of our expeditions through the troubled and fractious Northern Territories of Pakistan, Mortenson had become a friend and colleague to Rhoads and Jordan. When he came to Salt Lake only months after the attacks of 9-11, Jordan interviewed him about his experience building schools for girls in the nexus of the Taliban and Al Qaeda’s powerbase.

As the media firestorm began and continued Rhoads and Jordan decided to find out for themselves what had happened with Mortenson, his schools, and perhaps, with the state of American journalism.

3,000 Cups of Tea is the result of that investigation.

September 28, 2016

HIERONYMUS BOSCH: Touched by the Devil

Start: September 28, 2016 7:00 PM
End: September 29, 2016 9:00 PM
Venue: Utah Museum of Fine Arts Utah Museum of Fine Arts
410 Campus Center Dr., Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
Cost: Free

Directed by Pieter van Huystee
87 min | 2016 | Netherland | 2016

In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who died 500 years ago. The late-medieval artist lived his entire life in the city, causing uproar with his fantastical and utterly unique paintings in which hell and the devil played a prominent role.

In preparation for the exhibition, a team of Dutch art historians crisscross the globe to unravel the secrets of his art. They use special infrared cameras to examine the sketches beneath the paint, in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s intentions. They also attempt to establish which of the paintings can be attributed with certainty to Bosch himself, and which to his pupils or followers. The experts shuttle between Den Bosch, Madrid, and Venice, cutting their way through the art world’s tangle of red tape, in a battle against the obstacle of countless egos and conflicting interests. Not every museum is prepared to allow access to their precious art works.

Official Selection: 2015 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam

September 30, 2016


Start: September 30, 2016 6:00 PM
End: September 30, 2016 8:00 PM
Venue: Sorenson Unity Center Sorenson Unity Center
1383 S. 900 W., Salt Lake , UT, 84104
Cost: Free

Directed by Various
60 min | 2016 | Various Countries | Not Rated

Please note, this will be our final screening at Sorenson Unity Center for the time being.

A program of short films from around the world for ages 8 and up from the 2016 New York International Children’s Film Festival.

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