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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

  • women with a gun / Femme avec un fusil

    Monday Feb 26, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Join us for a free screening of Harriet. The film is rated "PG13", and runs for 125 minutes. In English.

    Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, the movie tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America2s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

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    Joignez-vous à nous pour regarder gratuitement le film en anglais Harriet. Le film n'est pas recommandé pour les enfants et sera d'une durée de 125 minutes. 

    Araminta « Minty » Ross est née esclave à Madison dans le Maryland. Elle appartient à la famille Brodess, tout comme sa mère et son père l'étaient avant elle. Un jour, alors qu'elle est âgée de 26 ans, Araminta tombe malade. Son propriétaire craignant qu'elle perde trop de valeur, il décide de la vendre. Ne désirant plus être ballottée comme du bétail, la jeune femme décide de s'enfuir. Elle trouve refuge en Pennsylvanie où elle prend le nom d'Harriet Tubman. Elle va devenir une militante en faveur de l'abolition de l'esclavage et fera tout en son pouvoir pour délivrer sa famille et ses semblables.

  • Monday Feb 26, 2024 at 6:30pm
    90 minutes

    Director Mina Shum makes her foray into feature documentary by reopening the file on a watershed moment in Canadian race relations - the infamous Sir George Williams Riot. Over four decades after a group of Caribean students accused their professor of racism, triggering an explosive student uprising, Shum locates the protagonists and listens as they set the record straight, trying to make peace with the past.

  • Tuesday Feb 27, 2024 at 10:15am
    600 minutes

    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. 

    Ce film contient un langage explicite; la discrétion du spectateur est conseillée.   Dans ce film, Sur les traces de John Ware, Cheryl Foggo revisite l'histoire riche et complexe de John Ware, le cowboy et éleveur noir qui s'est établi en Alberta à la fin du 19e siècle. Cheyl Foggo s'efforce de pousser ses recherches au-delà des mythes racistes et des faussetés qui entourent John Ware.

    2020, 72 min, English with French subtitles / En anglais avec les sous-titres en français

  • 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

  • Wednesday Mar 06, 2024 at 3:30pm
    120 minutes

    A movie for all the dreamers, scientists, and rebels out there. The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.

    Snacks will be provided. 

  • 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.

  • National Film Board of Canada logo on pink and purple field

    Thursday Mar 07, 2024 at 3:00pm
    90 minutes

    Arab Women Say What?! embodies the essence of living between two worlds: speaking and dreaming in different languages and lands.

    Nermeen, a young and bold Egyptian Canadian, invites us to join her circle of friends, a group of eight outspoken, daring Arab women who found each other through their shared love of laughter, food and life. The women examine feminism in Arab society, tackling challenging and often taboo sociopolitical issues. Their conversations offer a glimpse into their personalities, providing a complex understanding of what it means to “not be from here.”

    2023. 82 min. Film brought to you by the National Film Board.