Monthly Screenings feature films and discussions about the various cultures in the world, including the diversity in our own country. The screenings are held on 4th Thursdays of selected months at The Den (at Bear Trap Dunes) in Ocean View and the 4th Friday of each month at the Movies at Midway in the upstairs screening room. Screening time at both locations is 7:00 pm. The first 48 ticket purchasers for events in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway are entitled to a theater-style seat. Portable chairs will be available for additional ticket purchasers. Attendees at The Den screenings can receive 10 percent off their food check before or after the film screening. Beverages purchased in The Den can be brought into the screening room to be enjoyed during the film.

 

 

Omar

Friday, December 26, at 7:00 pm
Location: Upstairs Screening Room, Movies at Midway
Admission: $4 for members and $6 for non-members.

Omar is a baker who routinely climbs back and forth over the towering Israeli security wall to visit his girlfriend, Nadia. After being routinely harassed by Israeli police, Omar and his two childhood friends shoot an Israeli soldier and Omar is arrested. He is recruited as an informant and he soon begins a dangerous game with his Israeli handler.  Can he really betray his cause and exactly who can he trust? This is a quick paced drama, a tender love story, and a poignant tragedy but mostly it’s a film about betrayal, trust, and the moral dilemmas facing those on the frontlines of a seemingly endless conflict. Is Omar a freedom fighter or a terrorist – you decide.

Omar was an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival. It was an Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Language Film and was screened at the United Nations. “Filmmaker Magazine’s” Howard Feinstein says, “The unpredictable climax to this cat-and-mouse political thriller is pure genius.” [Palestine, 2013, Runtime: 96 min, Not Rated, Arabic with English subtitles]

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Private Peaceful

Friday, January 23, at 7:00 pm
Location: Upstairs Screening Room, Movies at Midway
Admission: $4 for members and $6 for non-members.

Just recently released in the US and written by famed British author, Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), this powerful anti-war drama is an indictment of the harsh realities of 20th-century feudalism and the unfair treatment afforded British soldiers during WW1.

It begins in rural England in 1908 and ends in the grim, First World War trenches of Belgium. Private Peaceful is the story of the unbreakable bond between two brothers, Tommo Peaceful and his older sibling Charlie. The film tells of their harsh childhood, the brutal realities endured on the battlefields, and the heartache suffered as they realize they are both in love with the same young woman. Throughout the film, their relationship is tested by the romantic triangle that envelopes them and the life-altering decisions made to preserve their mutual loyalty.

Brought to the US on the heels of the August WW1 commemorative screening campaign, this film is full of nuance and grace and has strong performances by the all British cast. Charles Gant of Variety says, “One more story about how the Great War’s casual disdain for human life planted the seeds for the social unrest that followed, the defiantly old-fashioned Private Peaceful succeeds in hitting the right emotional notes...” [2012, UK, Runtime: 102 min, Not Rated]

Watch the trailer.