Groundbreakers

July Film Series

This July we will screen films about people who made stunning personal transformations under very challenging circumstances. We hope their stories inspire you. The theme compliments our summer reading program, Groundbreaking Reads. All screenings are free and open to the public. Please note that the first three films start at 6:30pm, but the following two begin at 6pm.

Poster from the film "Tsotsi"Poster from "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"Film from "Precious"Poster from "Seven Years in Tibet"Poster from "The Motorcycle Diaries"










July 2 -- Tsotsi (2006)
R, 95 min.
The film follows the lonely life of Tsotsi (meaning "thug"), a ruthless gang leader in South Africa, for six days. Tsotsi does not often think beyond his next crime. When he cares for a child that he accidentally kidnapped in a carjacking, Tsotsi begins to rediscover his humanity and his capacity to love.

July 9 -- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
PG-13, 114 min.
The editor of the French Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby, suffered a stroke at age 43 that paralyzed his entire body with the exception of his left eye. Bauby used that eye to blink out his memoir. He eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, his psychological torment, and the imagined stories from the lands of his imagination. From director Julian Schnabel and based on Bauby's actual memoir.

July 16 -- Precious, based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire (2009)
R, 109 min.
Harlem, 1987. Clareece "Precious" Jones is an illiterate sixteen-year-old African-American girl with a life no one would want. She's pregnant for the second time with her father's child. Yet, Precious hangs on to something. When she is asked to join a special school, Precious begins to find herself. Learn more about the novel that inspired the film here.

July 23 -- Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13, 131 min.
Heinrich Harrer is an Austrian national and a Nazi sympathizer. He leaves Austria in 1939 to climb mountains in the Himalayas. Through a series of circumstances (including POW camp) he and fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter become the only two foreigners in the Tibetan holy city of Lhasa. There, Heinrich's life changes forever as he becomes a close confidant to the young Dalai Lama. Based on a true story.

July 30 -- The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
R, 128 min.
This film follows the journey of Che Guevara and his best friend Alberto Granado in their motorcycle journey across South America in the early 1950’s. The trip profoundly affects the adventurous duo and eventually inspires Che to become the leader of the Cuban revolution. Based on Guevara's journal.