100 Years of Poland’s Regained Independence: Polish History in Film Masterpieces: This powerful anti-war film is the best of Wajda's early work and a touchstone of Polish cinema. It takes place on the last day of World War II and finds an underground operative needing to make a personal decision about whether to follow his orders.
A young girl is trapped between the real and the ghost worlds in this classic animated Japanese film that filters Western fantasias and Eastern-angled spookiness through an outré sensibility. Read a full review of Spirited Away.
Presented by the Latino Media Arts & Studies Program: Winner of a couple of awards at Sundance, where it premiered in 2008, Sleep Dealer is a science-fiction film set in the near future that connects Oaxacan villagers and multinational corporations, sweatshop workers in Tijuana controlled by robotic jacks in their necks and high-end dealers in memories and dreams.
Due more to how it makes you think rather than to what it shows, Night of the Living Dead gets under your skin and burrows into your blood and psyche. Halloween-themed drinks and food will be provided. Costumes encouraged. Ages 18 and up for this one; sorry kiddos. Read a full review of Night of the Living Dead.
The life cycle of a monarch butterfly and its long-distance migration from Canada to Central Mexico is captured in this 3-D nature documentary that also focuses on the decades of fieldwork conducted by Canadian scientist Fred Urquhart.