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Lost Films

Lost Films is the on-campus film society sponsored jointly by Messiah College’s department of communication and by the Student Activities Board. All films are shown in Parmer Cinema, located in Boyer Hall, which seats 125 and features state of the art acoustics and projection. For more information on any film series, including start times, film discussion times, and directions, please contact Jeff Rioux at (717) 766-2511 ext. 7234. During the 2004 fall semester, Lost Films will hold three different film series:

"The Color of Water" Film Series
Sept. 1, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Fresh (Yakin, 1994) 114 minutes
Using the type of thinking he learned from playing chess, a street-wise 12-year-old boy devises a dangerous plan to rid his neighborhood of its two competing gangs. This film won Boaz Yakin the Filmmaker's Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1993.

Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
To Sir With Love (Clavell, 1967) 105 minutes
Mark Thackery (Sidney Poitier) is an unemployed engineer who takes a teaching job at a school full of unruly teenagers. After several failed attempts to reach the students, Thackery abandons the textbooks and conventional teaching methods and, treating them as young adults, he captures their attention and wins their respect.

Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Secrets & Lies (Leigh, 1996) 144 minutes
After burying her adoptive mother, a young black optometrist named Hortense seeks out her birth mother, discovering that she is white. They develop a friendship, and Hortense is invited to a family cookout where all of the family's secrets and lies come crashing out.

Lost Films
Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Moore, 2004) 116 minutes
Michael Moore's newest documentary explores the reasons America has lost respect around the world with its handling of the war on terror, placing the blame firmly with the Bush administration. Vilified by the Right, defended by the Left, the film is important if for no other reason than it is the most commercially successful documentary of all time. Co-sponsored with Messiah College Democrats. Discussion will follow second screening at 9 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 131.

Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Daughter from Danang (Dolgin and Franco, 2002) 83 minutes
A Vietnamese-American living in Tennessee seeks a joyful reunion with her birth mother 22 years after their separation. Instead, her emotional pilgrimage is hampered by cultural differences and the years of separation in this critically acclaimed documentary.
Co-sponsored by the Family Science and Human Development Department and the Multicultural Student Programs Office. Discussion will follow the second screening at 9 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 131.

Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Osama (Barmak, 2003) 83 minutes
Set during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, when women could not leave their homes unless accompanies by a man, this story depicts the struggle of a daughter, mother, and grandmother who, with no man in the house, cannot look for work or go to the market. They decide to dress the daughter up as a boy, calling her Osama, so that she can serve as an escort to her mother.
This first film filmed in Afghanistan after the Taliban fell won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film in 2003. Cosponsored with the Politics Department. Discussion will follow second screening at 9 p.m. in Boyer Hal, room 131.

Nov. 3, 4:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Control Room (Noujaim, 2004) 84 minutes
This documentary provides a rare window into the international perception of the Iraq War, courtesy of Al Jazeera, the Arab world's most popular news outlet. Al Jazeera has been criticized by both White House and Pentagon officials for reporting with a pro-Iraqi bias. This film illustrates that with different news channels, there are different truths. Co-sponsored with the Communication Department. Discussion will follow second screening at 9 p.m. in Boyer Hall, room 131.



Contemporary Film Series
This series, shown on Friday and Saturday evenings, features recently released titles.

For more information on Parmer Cinema, including directions and showtimes, click here.

Admission price to each film is $1.

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