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Pemberton Film Club

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012

Pemberton LibraryThe Friends of the Library are pleased to announce the successful start of the Pemberton Film Club.  Every third Thursday of the month at the Pemberton Public Library, from 7pm to 9pm, the Pemberton Film Club will be showing internationally award winning, domestic and foreign films.

The films are chosen by the Film Movement Canada, who supply the film every month. After the screening, the film becomes part of the library’s collection. The Friends of the Library will be supplying coffee, tea and cookies!  Everybody is welcome to watch the films and the screenings are free.

The first show had about 35 people attending the screening of 'King of Devil's Island'. Based on a true story, King of Devil’s Island dramatizes the 1915 uprising at a correctional facility on Bastøy Island, Norway. The film charts the arrival of alleged murderer Erling (Benjamin Helstad) at Bastøy Boys Home: an unforgiving residence for Norway’s maladjusted youth which prefers numbers to names and forbids talk of the past.

The next film selection for the Pemberton Film Club will be “Free Men” by Ismael Ferrookki, a drama (France) with English subtitles. The film will be shown on February 16 at the Pemberton Public Library from 7-9 pm.

“Free Men” is set in German-occupied Paris.  A young unemployed Algerian named Younes earns his living as a black marketeer. He is arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail by agreeing to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

Local Pemberton restaurants will be offering a special pre-movie dinner special so film goers have a meeting spot and delicious meal before heading over to the Pemberton Public Library.

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