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Cinematheque, 2019

The Trailblazing Women of Documentary Film

All screenings take place in the Wilkinson Public Library Program Room at 6PM. Snacks included, FREE TO ALL.

In this two-part series, six female documentarians take us around the world weaving diverse, nail biting and eye-opening stories. Shannon Service joins activists as they set off to rescue enslaved fishermen across Southeast Asia. Liz Garbus and Amanda Lipitz celebrate the young women of Baltimore, those in juvenile detention centers and the members of a high school senior step team reaching toward a better future. Lauren Greenfield explores the excess of American wealth, pre and post-recession, while Laura Poitras presents an intimate portrait of an iconic whistleblower. We end our series with Kim Longinotto’s tribute to the female lawyers taking on corruptions within the judicial system of Cameroon. Together they form an authentic global mosaic of the 21st century, and an essential viewing experience. Join us for this two-part series celebrating female filmmakers and their stories of courage, redemption and hope.

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Monday, March 4, 2019


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GHOST FLEET  (2018, 88 minutes) with Director/Producer Shannon Service in person.

Having had its premiere at the 45th Telluride Film Festival, Shannon Service’s GHOST FLEET follows a small group of activists who risk their lives on remote Indonesian islands to find justice and freedom for the enslaved fishermen who feed the world’s insatiable appetite for seafood. Bangkok-based Patima Tungpuchayakul, a Thai abolitionist, has committed her life to helping these “lost” men return home. Facing illness, death threats, corruption, and complacency, Patima’s fearless determination for justice inspires her nation and the world.

Director/Producer Shannon Service is an independent reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the BBC and The Guardian of London. She primarily focuses on crimes at sea, but her stories covered everything from the ravages of war to the intimacies of heartbreak. In 2012, she worked with Becky Palmstrom to break the story of slavery on Thai fishing boats for NPR’s Morning Edition. Shannon has won several reporting awards, including an Edward R. Murrow.


Monday, April 1, 2019


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• GIRLHOOD (2014, 113 minutes) Directed by Liz Garbus

The story of two troubled young girls from Baltimore who end up in the Waxter Juvenile Facility, home to Maryland’s most violent juvenile offenders. Shanae, who was just ten years old when she was gang-raped by five boys, responded first by drinking and using drugs, and at age 11, was charged with murder. Megan, whose heroin-addicted mother abandoned her, ran away from ten different foster homes before being arrested for attacking another foster child with a box cutter. “While it is one part a coming-of-age story and one part a story of girls and mothers,” wrote the Washington Post, “GIRLHOOD is just as much about the attainment of wisdom.”

Liz Garbus, whose films include THE FARM: ANGOLA, USA, GHOSTS OF ABU GRAIB, BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD, LOVE, MARILYN and WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?, is a two-time Oscar Nominee, two-time Emmy Winner, Peabody Winner, Grammy Nominee, and DGA-Nominated director. She is one of the most celebrated American documentary filmmakers working today.


Monday, May 6, 2019


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• STEP (2017, 84 minutes, Rated PG) Directed by Amanda Lipitz

STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team in inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in their families to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city. “In the wounded wake of the protests that ripped through Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015, the inaugural class of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women began its senior year, which is chronicled with intense participation in STEP,” wrote The Hollywood Reporter, “A great story here of adversity, struggle and elevating achievement.”

Director Amanda Lipitz is an American director/producer of films and Broadway shows. After graduating from NYU, she began producing theatre in New York, making her Broadway debut at age 24 as a producer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Two years later in 2007, she produced Legally Blonde: The Musical which opened on Broadway. Her Broadway credits also include the Tony Award-winning productions of A View from the Bridge and The Humans.


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