Our Furry Friends
Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 9:25am
What could be more tender than the faithful love of an animal friend? This month our film series features stories about animals, including those that are endangered. We will show two documentaries and two dramas. Yet, all four movies are inspired by real-life events.
All films start at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays in the large lower-level meeting room. Registration is not required and the screenings are free. The movies are English-language and we run captions for the hearing-impaired.
May 7 -- March of the Penguins (2005)
Rated G, 80 minutes
When late spring arrives in Antarctica, emperor penguins begin the quest to find the perfect mate and start a family. The journey is one that takes the penguins hundreds of miles across the continent on their little webbed feet in a single file -- the march of the penguins! The penguins endure freezing temperatures in brittle, icy winds and deep, treacherous waters. These magnificent birds risk starvation and attacks from dangerous predators...all to find true love. Narrated by Morgan Freeman and winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary. Excited about the film? Check out the book written by one of the filmmakers!
May 14 -- The Cove (2009)
Rated PG-13, 96 minutes
In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan lies a highly-guarded secret. During the night, Taiji fishermen conduct illegal hunts for the thousands of dolphins that live in the cove. The work is so horrifying that the fishermen will stop at nothing to keep it hidden from the outside world. When a team of elite activists, filmmakers, and divers embark on a secret mission to expose the operation, the shocking discoveries they find are just the tip of the iceberg. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
May 21 -- Seabiscuit (2003)
Rated PG-13, 141 minutes
The true story of a half-blind ex-prizefighter and a mustang breaker who team up with a millionaire and his rough-hewn, undersized horse, Seabiscuit. The men bring Seabiscuit to incredible heights, but can they turn him into a legend? Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges. Still curious? Read more about Seabiscuit in Laura Hillenbrand's book, or watch the PBS documentary about this amazing horse.
May 28 -- Hachi - A Dog's Tale (2009)
Rated G, 93 minutes
The heartwarming true story of a loyal dog named Hachiko. This very special friend would accompany his master to the train station in the mornings and return in the afternoons to greet him after work. Even after his master passed away, Hachi continued to return to the same spot at the station every day for the next nine years to wait for his beloved master. Hachi's daily visits touched many lives and taught people about love, compassion, and unyielding loyalty. Directed by Lasse Hallström.