Film Series

Film Series

Two different film series are on the schedule — one ends on March 21 and the other one begins on April 6.  See the schedule and descriptions below.

Registration for one or both of these series can be done by clicking on the appropriate “Add to Cart” button or with the LLI office (charlotte.lli@fsw.edu/941-637-3533).  Online payments are made through the LLI PayPal account.


We will watch a series of films grouped around the theme of “Strong Women” and after viewing, we’ll discuss our reactions. “What did you think of this film?” “What, if anything, did the film mean to you personally?”  “What rating would you give the film based on its artistic merits and flaws?”  Perspectives will differ, of course, but all perspectives will be welcome.

Mondays, Feb. 22—Mar 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (4 sessions)

“Film Series: “Strong Women” – By Roxanne Hanney

Feb. 22    “Calendar Girls

Feb. 29    “I’ve Loved You So Long

Mar. 14    “The Clearing

Mar. 21    “The Color Purple”

Roxanne Hanney, PhD, has had a 30-year career in education in Wisconsin. She writes, “I always describe myself as a teacher, although my career path led to several related incarnations: high school French teacher, part-time lecturer at the college level, middle school principal, and supervisor of student teachers. However, the 12 years I spent teaching French remain the most memorable to me. With my lifelong interest in art and art history, I am now eager to refashion myself as teacher of adult students, particularly in art-related subjects.

$40 Member                    

$60 Non Members        


“Four Documentaries with Lunch

Wednesday, April 6 thru 27, 10:00 a.m. to noon – Classroom D210

Choose one, two, three or all four of these sessions. Each will begin at 10:00 a.m. in classroom D210 with an online documentary chosen by the LLI Curriculum Committee for its cultural diversity and will be followed with a special lunch served by the campus cafeteria staff.

April 6 – “Mexico

Using text from Mexican novelist Carlos Fuentes and ancient Aztec and Mayan poetry, narrator Martin Sheen leads a visual journey through this country’s rich and varied past and present. Stunning screen images and a dramatic musical score by Daniel Valdez create a vivid, insightful portrait of the Mexican people and their culture.

From the tumultuous crowds at the annual Independence Day celebration in Mexico City, we are transported back three millennia to the ancient Olmec, Toltec, Zapotec, Totanac, Aztec and Maya civilizations – the roots of Mexican culture. The abrupt, violent contact with Spanish conquerors in the early 16th century, dramatized in the overpowering images of Diego Rivera and other Mexican muralists, gives way to the fusion of cultures and the birth of a new society. Weaving together powerful visual testimonies of the past with current celebrations of age-old traditions, Mexico’s history and culture come marvelously alive, shaping and reshaping the nation’s path as it moves into the 21st century.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        

April 13 – “A Life in Japan

See Japan through foreign eyes and hear interviews with nineteen foreign residents in Japan – personal experiences and opinions, both the good and the bad stuff. Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Japan?  This is the story of men and women who dropped their lives back home and set up shop in Japan.  Some people found new lives and others found loneliness and alienation.  Rather than an objective overview of life in Japan, this is seeing this special country through the stories of individuals that have lived there for a few months or even several decades.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        

April 20 – “America Before Columbus

History books traditionally depict the pre-Columbus Americas as a pristine wilderness where small native villages lived in harmony with nature. But scientific evidence tells a very different story.  When Columbus stepped ashore in 1492, millions of people were already living there.  Columbus found Cuba, though a few years later the sea explorer Amerigo Vespucci found the continent of (South) America. After Amerigo published his exploring finds, Martin Waldseemüller dubbed the new continent America, after the Italian explorer.  America wasn’t exactly a “New World,” but a very old one whose inhabitants had built a vast infrastructure of cities, orchards, canals and causeways.

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members        

April 27 – “The Revelation of the Pyramids

This documentary by Jacques Grimault and Patrice Pooyard posts some disturbing questions and their unbelievable answers. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one that is still standing today. Building it was an astonishing engineering achievement even by today’s standards. The accuracy they accomplished in design and construction is completely amazing, considering that they allegedly had less precise tools than those of today.

So over 4,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians flattened a limestone hill, paved an area the size of six football fields, carried two million blocks up a height of the equivalent of a 42 story building, built the outside of the pyramid with eight sides instead of four, and made it all earthquake proof using limited tools in a period of only 20 years. This is so astonishing that it begs the question “is any of this even possible?’”

$10 Member                    

$15 Non Members