Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue continues Sept. 6-7 with more free screenings films with moderated discussions hosted throughout Tacoma. Filmmakers traveling with the program are Julia Meltzer (“The Light in Her Eyes”) and Jerry Rothwell (“Town of Runners”).
FILM FORWARD, a partnership of Sundance Institute and four U.S. federal cultural agencies, is a touring program that offers film screenings, workshops and discussions designed to foster dialogue and cross-cultural understanding. It uses the power of cinema to promote broader cultural understanding, inspire curiosity and enhance awareness of shared stories and values across generations, language, education and borders.
Here’s the film lineup for Friday, Sept. 6, and Saturday, Sept. 7:
Friday, Sept. 6
“The Loving Story”
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave.
Director: Nancy Buirski
A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, a part-black, part-Indian woman married to a white man in Jim Crow-era Virginia. Thrown into rat-infested jails and exiled from their hometown for 25 years, the Lovings fought back and changed history.
Saturday, Sept. 7
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Public Library, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.
Post film discussion: Moderated by Dr. Joanne Clarke Dillman, University of Washington Tacoma
Director: Benh Zeitlin
In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural order is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions.