Now Showing @ ALA Film Program

The "Now Showing @ ALA Film Program" offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference in (Theater C and Theater A) from Saturday through Monday.

With a range of screening times, stop by between meetings or for an educational break. See films and trailers below.

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Theater C

Time:Saturday, June 23Time:Sunday, June 24Time:Monday, June 25
8:00am - 9:00am

Defiant Lives

8:00am - 9:15amForgotten Bayou

8:00am - 10:00am

The Rape of Recy Taylor

9:00am - 10:00am

The Great American Read

9:15am - 9:45am

Echoes of Vietnam

10:30am - 11:30am


10:30am - 11:45am


9:45am - 10:05am

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium

11:30am -Noon 

Tib and Tumtum: Episodes 1 & 2 of a new animated series based on a children's comic book!

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Changing Face of Harlem

10:10am - 10:30am


Noon - 12:30pm

The Fox Badger Family: 2-3 episodes of this new series

2:30m - 4:00pm

Big Bad Fox & Other Tales

10:30am - Noon


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Tears of an Afghan Warlord

4:00pm - 5:30pmBreaking Silence1:00pm - 2:45pm


2:30pm - 4:00pmKedi
  3:00pm - 3:45pmA Chance to Dress: Cross-dressing, shame and liberation4:00pm - 5:30pmThe Last Laugh
  4:00pm - 5:30pmRGB - Ruth Bader Ginsburg  


Saturday, June 23

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Defiant Lives

Defiant Lives tells the powerful story of disability activists fighting against entrenched attitudes towards disability and highlights the ongoing struggle for recognition of rights that able-bodied people often take for granted. Featuring interviews and rarely seen archival footage, the film reveals how these activists fought to live outside of institutions, challenged the stigmas and negative image of disability portrayed by the media, demanded access to public transportation, and battled to reframe disability rights as a social responsibility relevant to us all.

Run Time: 85 min.
Sponsors: Women Make Movies

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The Great American Read

The Great American Read is an eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us. This screening will feature one of the theme episodes (to be aired on PBS and weekly, beginning September 11, 2018), with representatives from PBS introducing the series and episode to be screened, as well as facilitate a Q&A session after the episode screening. 

Run Time: 50 min.
Sponsors: PBS and ALA Public Programs Office

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Inside the immense Large Hadron Collider, operated by world-renowned research organization CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), the big bang scenario is recreated in search for the smallest particle. Including interviews with the leading experts who operate and maintain this gigantic Big Bang machine, this film provides fascinating insights into this complex experimental research institution and the quirky geniuses behind the scenes.

Run Time: 75 min.
Sponsors: Icarus Films

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Changing Face of Harlem

Filmed over a period of ten years from 2000-2010, Changing Face of Harlem is a contemporary cultural story that touches upon urban living, The Black American experience, and gentrification in Black communities. It provides a unique perspective of the transition of a neighborhood from the residents and small business owners who call it home, while also investigating the national phenomenon of gentrification alongside the historical backdrop of the world-renowned neighborhood of Harlem. Distributor: Third World Newsreel,

Run Time: 62 min.
Sponsors: Red Currant Productions

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Big Bad Fox and Other Tales

Whoever thinks that the countryside is calm and peaceful is mistaken. In it we find a Fox that thinks it's a chicken, a Rabbit that acts like a stork, and a Duck who wants to replace Father Christmas. This charming film, by the creator of the popular Ernest & Celestine book and film, is newly released by US distribution. The film will provide a charming book tie-in option for planning showings at libraries and schools. It will also appeal to parents and students of French language, as well as French-speaking families.

Run Time: 83 min.
Sponsors: The French Comics Association and Folivari

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Breaking Silence

Three Muslim women share their stories of sexual assault—and, in a deeply personal way, they challenge the stigma that has long suppressed the voice of survivors. Throughout America, many Muslim communities persist in stigmatizing all discussion of sex-related subjects. Deepened by the perspective of Imam Khalid Latif of The Islamic Center at NYU, the film challenges stereotypes and cultural beliefs held by both Muslims and the non-Muslim public.

Run Time: 40 min.
Sponsors: Women Make Movies and Element One Films

Sunday, June 24

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Forgotten Bayou

On August 3, 2012 a sinkhole swallowed a swath of swamps in Bayou Corne, Louisiana and after a mandatory evacuation ordered, residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. The result of irresponsible mining and oil drilling in and around an underground salt dome propels this small bayou community into chaos as its residents struggle in the aftermath of this man-made environmental disaster. This film is being screened in conjunction with a panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-11:30am, with representatives from the New Orleans Film Society and local filmmakers.

Run Time: 73 min.
Sponsors: ALA Video Round Table, the New Orleans Film Society and Greene Bayou Films


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Echoes of Vietnam

A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina.  This film is being screened in conjunction with a panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am - 11:30am, with representatives from the New Orleans Film Society and local filmmakers.

Run Time: 26 min.
Sponsors: ALA Video Round Table, the New Orleans Film Society and Joel Woodman

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The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium

A celebratory look at the cherished tradition of costuming during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the place where it all begins—Jefferson Variety. This family-owned local fabric and craft store is a place of both raw materials and social congregation where the variety of New Orleans community and culture can be found to share their stories and experiences of this unique tradition.  This film is being screened in conjunction with a panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-11:30am, with representatives from the New Orleans Film Society and local filmmakers.

Run Time: 17 min.
Sponsors: ALA Video Round Table, the New Orleans Film Society and Lindsey Phillips


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A look at the Baton Rouge flooding of 2016 and the incidents of police brutality in Louisiana that created an intense summer in 2016 for Louisiana residents.  This film is being screened in conjunction with a panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-11:30am, with representatives from the New Orleans Film Society andlocal filmmakers.

Run Time: 7 min.
Sponsors: ALA Video Round Table, the New Orleans Film Society, and Zandashé Brown

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With a single abortion clinic remaining in the state of Mississippi, the city of Jackson has become ground zero in the nation's battle over reproductive health-care. JACKSON is an intimate portrait of the interwoven lives of three women in this town. Wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.

Run Time: 93 min.
Sponsors: ALA Video Round Table and Collective Eye Films

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Directed by 25 year-old Serena Dykman, NANA documents her journey with her mother Alice as they retrace her grandmother's Auschwitz survival story. This film discusses the mission of an Auschwitz Survivor to fight intolerance in the years after her survival and through her entire life. It also brings to light the powerful affect that such a life can have on generations to come, and how these generations react and work to continue and constantly re-introduce the message of the Survivors.

Run Time: 100 min.

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A Chance to Dress

A Chance To Dress explores the many dimensions of identity and the diversity of gender expression, and gives voice to a misunderstood group within the transgender community. This film explores Professor Emeritus John Southward’s journey and weaves a story that intersects gender presentation, acceptance, the immutability of established institutions and the ultimate affirmation of the human spirit.

Run Time: 40 min.
Sponsors: Mineral King Productions

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RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg has created a breathtaking legal legacy for women’s rights while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. The personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior’s rise to the nation’s highest court during a hostile time for women, is revealed in this inspiring and multidimensional portrait. Now 84, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, continues to have vigorous dissenting opinions and her exercise workouts.

Run Time: 97 min.
Preview: Available Soon.
Sponsors: Magnolia Pictures, CNN Films, Storyteller Films

Monday, June 25

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The Rape of Recy Taylor

The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning. More and more women are now speaking up after rape. The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.

Run Time: 91 min.
Sponsors: Passion River Films

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This screening will offer librarians a chance to see the first two episodes of Hilda months before it airs on Netflix! Flying Eye Books’ most popular graphic novel series has been transformed by Silvergate Media, the producers of Octonauts, in collaboration with Mercury Filmworks, into an incredible animated adventure. The series follows the journey of a fearless blue-haired girl as she travels from her magical home in the wilderness, filled with elves and giants, to the bustling city of Trolberg. Bella Ramsey, known for her break-out role as Lyanna Mormont in HBO's “Game of Thrones”, will star as the voice of Hilda.

Run Time: 45 min.
Sponsors: Flying Eye Books, Silvergate Media and Mercury Filmworks

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Tib and Tumtum - Episodes 1 & 2 of a new animated series
based on a children's comic book.

Tumtum the dinosaur makes a lot of noise stomping around, though he becomes so quiet when grownups are around that they don't believe he exists. Tib is teased in his stone-age tribe for his clumsiness and for the birthmark on his face. When he meets Tumtum, Tib finds a friend who has a birthmark too—and who accepts Tib just the way he is. Episodes 1 and 2 will be screened together and the original French versions of “Tib and Tumtum” are also available online, offering an opportunity to compare the French and English for language development. While fantasy elements are included (dinosaurs and humans co-existing), the introduction of natural science vocabulary is also a benefit for young patrons.

Run Time: 11 mins per episode
Preview: Episode 01, Sabertooth: PASSWORD: TT01
               Episode 02, A New Friend: PASSWORD: TT02
Sponsors: The French Comics Association and Go-n

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The Fox Badger Family: 2-3 Episodes of This New Series

The Badger family’s life is very quiet until Mrs. Fox and her daughter Rosie move in! The lively Mrs. Fox brings joy back into Mr. Badger’s life but for the children it means having to accept a new sibling. Ultimately, they learn to get along... All’s well that ends well! The Mr. Badger & Mrs. Fox book series has been translated into 14 languages, touching on living together in a blended family, celebrating differences, and emotion recognition.

Run Time: 12 minutes per episode (24 - 36 minutes total depending on episode selection)
Preview: Password: dmbafellip / Series trailer: Password : DMBRT
Sponsors: French Comics Association, Dargaud Media, Ellipsanime Productions, and Philm CGI

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Tears of an Afghan Warlord

Belgian journalist Pascale Borgaux tells of her numerous trips to Afghanistan, and how the situation in the country has change since her first trip 10 years earlier. She follows the life of a local elder, a sort of a warlord, very respected by all residents of the town, who has always fought the Taliban regime, until one of is own sons becomes supporter of the Taliban movement. The film tells of the current situation in the country, following the war and of the everyday life of people in the region, including women. This documentary has inspired a graphic novel with the same name, the artist of which, Thomas Campi, will be present at ALA.

Run Time: 58 min.
Preview: (the trailer is in French)
Sponsors: Europe Comics and UniversCine

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Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Recipient of the "Dewey the Cat's favorite" honorable mention for Video Round Table's Notable Videos for Adults list in 2018, Kedi is noteworthy for being an purely entertaining and absolutely adorable documentary.

Run Time: 79 min.
Sponsors: Video Round Table, Collective Eye Films and Termite Films

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The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh offers new insight on how we all handle the big topics in life that have, for the most part, been deemed off-topic and how comedy plays a role as a survival mechanism. Featuring interviews with comedy legends such as Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried as well as Holocaust survivors, the film dives into how we handle discussing taboo topics and the importance of bringing them out into the light. The film offers a message that anyone can relate to on how it’s important to tackle uncomfortable topics.

Run Time: 85 min.
Sponsors: Passion River Films


Theater A

Time:Saturday, June 23Time:Sunday, June 24Time:Monday, June 25
9:00am - Noon

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8:00am - Noon

EX LIBRIS - The New Public Library

2:30pm - 5:30pmthe public1:00pm - 4:00pmthe public  

Saturday, June 23 - and -  Sunday, June 24


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Join writer/director Emilio Estevez for an advanced screening of his new film "The Public". The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, and Jeffrey Wright and centers on the regular patrons of downtown Cincinnati’s public library, many of whom are homeless and marginalized, and their interactions with the library staff who have built emotional connections with them. When a bitter Arctic blast hits the city, the patrons turn the library into a homeless shelter by staging a sit-in, which escalates into a police standoff. All showings will be followed by a Q&A with Estevez moderated by Ryan J. Dowd, executive director of Hesed House Shelter.

Run Time: 122 min.

Monday, June 25

EX LIBRIS - The New York Public Library

EX LIBRIS – The New York Public Library goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world and reveals it as a place of welcome, cultural exchange and learning. With 92 locations throughout Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, the library is committed to being a resource for all the inhabitants of this multifaceted and cosmopolitan city, and beyond. The New York Public Library exemplifies the deeply rooted American belief in the individual’s right to know and be informed. It is one of the most democratic institutions in America – everyone is welcome. The Library strives to inspire learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities.

Run Time: 197 min.

Sponsors: Zipporah Films