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  • poster for Decision to Leave

    Monday Feb 26, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Thrilla Thursdays are back! Except they are on Monday. But it's still Korean films so that's good. Some revisits and a couple new ones.

    Join us for a free screening of Decision to Leave. Ahhhhhhh yeeeee that's right, we playing it again. Again and again. The film was directed by Park Chan-wook and was released in 2022. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 139 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles

  • poster for Straight Outta Compton

    Tuesday Feb 27, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of Straight Outta Compton. The film was directed by F. Gary Gray and was released in 2015. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 147 minutes. In English with subtitles.

  • Wednesday Feb 28, 2024 at 6:00pm
    120 minutes

    02/07 - Stateless, 2 pm
    In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were exterminated by the Dominican army on the basis of anti-black racism. Fast-forward to 2013: the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, retroactive to 1929, rendering more than 200,000 people stateless. Director Michèle Stephenson’s new documentary follows the grassroots campaign of a young attorney named Rosa Iris, as she challenges electoral corruption and fights to protect the right to citizenship for all people. 2020, 95 min, French and Creole with either English or French subtitles.

    02/14 - John Ware Reclaimed, 2 pm
    John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. Please note: This film contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised. 2020, 72 min, English with French subtitles.

    02/21 - True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball by Ryan Sidhoo, 12:45 pm and 6 pm

    On the heels of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA Championship and the record-setting number of Canadian draft picks, the Toronto hoop dream is more alive than ever. In this feature-length doc, director Ryan Sidhoo shines the spotlight on 12-year-old Elijah Fisher, 15-year-old Keone Davis and 18-year-old Cordell Veira as they navigate today’s youth basketball machine in pursuit of their own NBA dreams. 2019, 89 min, English with French subtitles.

    02/28 - The Road Taken by Selwyn Jacob, 6pm

    This 1996 documentary takes a nostalgic ride through history to present the experiences of Black sleeping-car porters who worked on Canada's railways from the early 1900s through the 1960s. There was a strong sense of pride among these men and they were well-respected by their community. Yet, harsh working conditions prevented them from being promoted to other railway jobs until finally, in 1955, porter Lee Williams took his fight to the union. Claiming discrimination under the Canada Fair Employment Act, the Black workers won their right to work in other areas. Interviews, archival footage and the music of noted jazz musician Joe Sealy (whose father was a porter) combine to portray a fascinating history that might otherwise have been forgotten.

    1996, 52 min, English.

  • poster for Burning

    Monday Mar 04, 2024 at 6:00pm
    150 minutes

    Thrilla Thursdays are back! Except they are on Monday. But it's still Korean films so that's good. Some revisits and a couple new ones.

    Join us for a free screening of Burning. The film was directed by Lee Chang-dong and was released in 2018. The screening will take place in our auditorium, starts at 6:00PM and is free to attend.

    Note: The film is intended for a mature audience. 148 minutes. In Korean with English subtitles

  • poster for little shop of horrors

    Wednesday Mar 06, 2024 at 6:30pm
    180 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • poster for Clue

    Saturdays, Mar 16, 2024 - Mar 16, 2024
    12:30pm
    240 minutes

    2 sessions remaining

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Clue...but that's not all! There will also be a whole room in B125 dedicated to the Clue board game with multiple versions of the game and even a CLUEmaster to assist you if need be.

    The film is free to attend, starts at 1:00 PM and will take place in the Main branch auditorium.

  • poster for Score: A Hockey Musical

    Wednesday Apr 03, 2024 at 6:30pm
    180 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of Score: A Hockey Musical (2010).

    Please join us from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the OPL's Main Branch Auditorium. The event will also feature other bad movie items like trailers and serials.

    The event is free to attend. In English.

    Note: This film is intended for a mature audience. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • obmn 3D double bill poster

    Saturday Apr 20, 2024 at 1:00pm
    210 minutes

    Ottawa Bad Movie Nights and Ottawa Public Library present a screening of The Mask (1961) and Robot Monster (1953) in glorious 3D!!!!!!!!! 3D Glasses will be provided for your enjoyment.

    The film is free to attend, starts at 1:00 PM and will take place in the Main branch auditorium.