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12 Years a Slave

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February 10
Wednesday, 6:30 pm
(2013, 133 min.) 14A

Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (Personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindness, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) will forever alter his life.

Mavis!

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February 11-14
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 pm
Saturday, 7:00 pm
Sunday, 7:00 pm
(CANADA/USA 2015, 81 min.) G

MAVIS! is the first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers. From the freedom songs of the ’60s and hits like “I’ll Take You There” in the ’70s, to funked-up collaborations with Prince and her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots, kept her family close, and inspired millions along the way. Featuring powerful live performances, rare archival footage, and conversations with friends and contemporaries including Bob Dylan, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Levon Helm, Jeff Tweedy, Chuck D, and more, MAVIS! reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey.

Beats of the Antonov

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February 11-14
Thursday, 9:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 pm
Sunday, 2:30 pm
(SUDAN/SOUTH AFRICA 2015, 68 min.) G
(In Arabic with English subtitles)

People’s Choice Documentary Award winner, TIFF 2015. “Beats of the Antonov is a true standout deserving of a significant critical pus. Hoojooj Kuka’s short yet eloquent, even optimistic documentary about the peoples and music along the war-ravaged border between North and South Sudan is an exemplar of how filmmakers can give dignity to refugees by allowing them their names and their voices. While music is the main feature, “Beats” is really a pic about the resilience of oppressed communities, whose ability to hold onto their culture enables them to remain unified.”Variety