Foreign and Independent Film Series
The Great Falls Public Library’s Foreign and Independent Film Series continues its ninth season on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:00 pm. and Saturday, November 8, at 2:00 pm. This series is free and open to the public.
November’s selection is the English film Broken, featuring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy. This award-winning film tells the story of 11-year-old Skunk. She witnesses her angry neighbor savagely beat a young neighborhood man. She is unwittingly drawn into the neighbor’s melodrama of violence, sex, and life shattering illness. As Skunk’s innocence begins to vanish, all the happy certainties of her childhood give way to fear. She can only be saved from her internal chaos through the love of those closest to her. N subtitles with this film.
The featured short is The Way The World Ends.
Films will be shown each month on the first Wednesday and the following Saturday. The series, which runs September through May, is free and open to the public. Be forewarned, some films may contain strong language or adult situations. They are not rated by MPAA but in our brochures we have tried to indicate content. Brochures are available at the library.
Armchair Traveler Series
The Great Falls Public Library is presenting an Armchair Traveler Series on various Thursday evenings September – November. Each program will offer visuals, digital photos, and a narrative chronicling the speaker’s trip. Programs are free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 18, 7:00 pm, Angola with Kristen Cates
Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm, South Korea with Kayce Milligan
Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm, Jordan with Kristen Inbody
Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm, France with Jim Heckel and Pam Smith
Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm Turkey with Whitney Olson
Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm Cuba with Carrie Callahan
The OpenBooks Discussion Series, which runs October – May, continues on Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 pm, in the Montana Room of the library. Discussions are held on the first Thursday of each month. These discussions, sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, are free and open to the public. You may attend any and all of the discussions. Books are available at the library three weeks prior to each meeting. You will need a library card to check a book out whether you attend the discussion or just read the book. Discussions are facilitated by Penny Hughes-Briant, a teacher at UGF. For more information on this series call 453-0349.
November’s selection is Suite Francoise by Irene Nemirovsky. Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940, Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts. When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.
The Page Forward book discussion groups introduced by the Great Falls Public Library this year continue in September.
Page Forward Saturdays continues on Saturday, November 8, 10 am, and continues on the second Saturday of each month. This discussion group is unique in as much as each month’s discussion will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Montana and will focus on books written by and about Montana women.
November’s selection is Behind Every Man: The Story of Nancy Cooper Russell by Joan Stauffer. After Nancy Cooper married Charlie Russell in 1895, she helped turn a journeyman cowboy and ranch hand who sketched and sculpted in his spare time into a full-time artist who sold and exhibited all over the globe. In Behind Every Man: The Story of Nancy Cooper Russell, Joan Stauffer offers the first biography of the person whom Charles Russell called “the best booster and pardner a man ever had.” Stauffer’s portrait, evoked in the voice of its subject and based on a decade of research, offers readers both a complete life story of Nancy Russell and creative insight into her thoughts and feelings.
Stauffer reveals that Nancy and Charles’s union created a practical synergy. Always an advocate for her husband, a steward of his art, and a liaison to his admirers and critics, Nancy’s greatest contribution may have been the inspiration she provided Charles. “I done my best work for her,” the cowboy artist once remarked.
Page Forward Tuesdays continues on Tuesday, November 25, 7:00 pm, and continues on the fourth Tuesday of each month. November’s selection is the New York Times bestseller Defending Jacob by William Landay. It tells the story of Andy Barber, who has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected in his professional life and happy in his personal life with his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
Andy’s life is shattered by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death with the accused is Andy’s own son, Jacob. Despite damning evidence and mounting pressure, included a faltering marriage, Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would.