POV Documentaries

Through a partnership with POV, the Ephrata Public Library and the Northern Lancaster Hub, we are able to screen these award-winning documentaries.  There will be an opportunity to discuss, share and wonder about these topics after the film with moderators from both the Library and the Hub. Join us as we learn and grow together.  All film screenings require registration.  

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Lindy Lou Juror Number 2

Directed by Florent Vassault

For 20 years, Lindy has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt. Committed to fulfilling her civic duty, Lindy sat with 11 other people on a jury that handed down the death penalty to a Mississippi man convicted of a double homicide. An overwhelming feeling of regret compels Lindy to track down her fellow jurors. A conservative, religious woman from the South, she manages to tackle this topic with humor, an open mind and sincere curiosity.

Date

Time

Moderator

August 31, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

The Infiltrators

Directed by Alex Rivera and Cristina Ibarra

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of two young immigrants who get detained by the U.S. Border Patrol—on purpose—and put in a shadowy for-profit detention center. Marco and Viri are members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of radical Dreamers who are on a mission to stop deportations. And the best place to stop deportations, they believe, is in detention. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 2, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Of Men and War

Directed by Laurent Becue-Renard

The warriors in Of Men and War have come home, but their minds remain on the battlefield. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, consumed by anger and traumatic memories long after their return, often resort to drugs or suicide to end their suffering. But at The Pathway Home in California, a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center, soldiers resolve to stop the damage. Their therapist helps them forge meaning from their trauma. Over five years, the film follows the men and their families on their grueling paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts, their loved ones and themselves.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 7, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Roll Red Roll

Directed by Nancy Schwartzman

At a pre-season party in small-town Steubenville, Ohio, the now-infamous sexual assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team took place. Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines to uncover the deep seated and social media-fueled “boys-will be-boys” culture at the root of high school sexual assault in America. Official Selection, 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 9, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

From This Day Forward

Directed by Sharon Shattuck

From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of life's most intimate transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck's father came out as transgender and began living as Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father's transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon's wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents' marriage, and their family, survived intact.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 14, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Inventing Tomorrow

Directed by Laura Nix

Passionate teenage innovators from around the globe create cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats—found right in their own backyards—while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. These inspiring teens prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world: the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Official Selection, 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 16, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

The Return

Directed by Kelly Duane de la Vega and Katie Galloway

In 2012, California amended its "Three Strikes" law — one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, the reintegration of thousands of "lifers" was underway. The Return examines this unprecedented reform through the eyes of those on the front lines — prisoners suddenly freed, families turned upside down, reentry providers helping navigate complex transitions and attorneys and judges wrestling with an untested law. At a moment of reckoning on mass incarceration, what can California's experiment teach the nation? A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). Official Selection of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 21, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

Farmsteaders

Directed by Shaena Mallett

Clear-eyed and intimate,Farmsteaders follows Nick Nolan and his young family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. A study of place and persistence, Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at everyday life in rural America, offering an unexpected voice for a forsaken people: those who grow the food that sustains us.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 23, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

Pervert Park

Directed by Frida Barkfors and Lasse Barkfors

How can we solve a societal problem if it's too horrifying to discuss? Pervert Park is a film about the people nobody wants as their neighbors. Founded by the mother of a convicted sex offender, Florida Justice Transitions is a trailer park that is home to 120 sex offenders struggling to reintegrate into society. Their crimes range from misdemeanors to unthinkable acts, and they are each fighting different battles and demons. This groundbreaking film challenges us to understand how these men and women got here, and to consider how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse — and the silence surrounding it — can be broken.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 28, 2020

6:00 PM

Tom Jensen, Program and Outreach Manager

We Are The Radical Monarchs

Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color on the frontlines of social justice. Set in Oakland, California, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units on such subjects as being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment and disability justice. We follow the two founders as they face the challenge to grow the organization, before and after the 2016 election. A co-presentation of Latino Public Broadcasting.

Date

Time

Moderator

September 30, 2020

1:00 PM

Kelly Ernst Warner, Hub Coordinator

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