Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: Ponyo

Saturday, October 19 + Sunday, October 20

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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Ponyo

Shown as a part of Studio Ghibli Celebration. Images Cinema will show one Studio Ghibli classic Japanese Anime per month March through November 2019.

The first 20 children under the age of 12 will be admitted free to the Saturday, October 19, 11am show of Ponyo. An Images fan is paying for these tickets in honor of a milestone birthday.

Perfect for audiences of all ages, Ponyo centers on the friendship between five-year-old Sosuke and a magical goldfish named Ponyo, the young daughter of a sorcerer father and a sea-goddess mother. After a chance encounter, Ponyo yearns to become a human so she can be with Sosuke. As to be expected with Miyazaki, the film is awash in pure unbridled imagination and visual wonder — but it is the tender love, humor, and devotion exhibited by Ponyo and Sosuke that form the emotional heart of the film.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 1 hour 41 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Adventure

“To watch the image of a young girl burbling with laughter as she runs atop cresting waves in “Ponyo” is to be reminded of how infrequently the movies seem to express joy now, how rarely they sweep us up in ecstatic reverie. It’s a giddy, touchingly resonant image of freedom — the animated girl is as liberated from shoes as from the laws of nature — one that the director Hayao Miyazaki lingers on only as long as it takes your eyes and mind to hold it close, love it deeply and immediately regret its impermanence.”

– New York Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Reason

Sunday, October 27 at 2pm

Award-winning filmmaker from India, Anand Patwardhan will be in person to present his film. The screening will be followed by a talkback with the filmmaker and Professor Jeff Israel and Professor Aparna Kapadia.

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Reason: The War Between Faith and Rationality

Winner of Best Feature Documentary at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Reason is a chilling account of how murder and mind control are being applied to systematically dismantle secular democracy in India.

The battle between faith and reason is universal and ongoing. In India, the world’s largest democracy, the ideology that murdered Mahatma Gandhi has finally captured power. Murder and mind control are being applied to dismantle a secular democracy that once aspired to the values of enlightenment and non-violence. As accusations fly of “eating cow meat” or “treason of Mother India,” minorities and all those who fight for the poor bear the brunt of rising Hindu majoritarianism and a complicit corporate media.

Prominent Indian documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan fearlessly examines the far right at huge rallies where fascism is normalized, but also introduces us to rationalists who, despite appearing on hit lists, lead a growing resistance. Through his masterful lens and elaborate film architecture, this journey into detail finally reveals the big picture. It leaves us with the feeling that we’ve been to India, smelled the streets, met the people and shared the empathy that shines from many of them.

  • Director: Anand Patwardhan
  • Runtime: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by the Williams College Departments of History, Religion, Art History and Studio Art, the Asian Studies Program, the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Lecture Committee, and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Special Showing

Studio Ghibli: From Up on Poppy Hill

Saturday, November 2 + Sunday, November 3

Daytime shows will be in English. The Sunday 8pm show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

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From Up On Poppy Hill

From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and The Secret World of Arrietty, comes another animated triumph. Yokohama, 1963. Japan is picking itself up from the devastation of World War II and preparing to host the Olympics. Against this backdrop of hope and change, a friendship begins to blossom between high school students Umi and Shun – but a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.

The screenplay is by Academy Award winner Hayao Miyazaki, and the English-language features the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily Osment, Aubrey Plaza, Charlie Saxton, Alex Wolff and Anton Yelchin.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

  • Director: Goro Miyazaki
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Drama, History

“From Up on Poppy Hill is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son.”

– Los Angeles Times

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special Showing

Becoming Nobody

November 9 + 10

Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life. His ability to entertain and his sense of humor are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom. Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings.

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Becoming Nobody

Starring: Ram Dass

Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.

In Becoming Nobody, historic clips balance an engaging conversation with director Jamie Catto. We come to understand how our old roles and disguises become increasingly burdensome. The film captures a loving man full of joy, wit, honesty and wisdom, at ease in conversation while sharing his considerable pains and pleasures. The life experiences that have freed him from the attachments of his ‘somebody-ness’ have transformed him into the radiant soul who now inspires a new generation.

  • Director: Jamie Catto
  • Runtime: 1 hour 21 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“An inspiring, stirringly meditative portrait of one man’s profound spiritual influence on a world that has surely needed him.”

– Los Angeles Times

Special Showing

Negotiating with Nature

Tuesday, November 12 at 5pm

Free film screening with director Stefan van Norden.

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Negotiating with Nature

Compelling and deeply human, Negotiating with Nature examines how the widening disconnect with nature is shaping our lives from many perspectives. In a high-tech world that is increasingly urban, gardens play a critical role as we navigate the transition into a sustainable future through stewardship of the land. This timely film explores how both rural and urban gardens hold an important place on our planet. Featuring iconic American landmarks like Central Park, The High Line, and Mount Vernon Estate, the film journeys from country to city to unearth “resonant inter- connections between a person and the land”.

  • Director: Stefan van Norden
  • Runtime: 58 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“As someone who has spent some 25 years in my garden, I’ve come to realize that the earth itself is a garden, and that we need all the help we can get, caring for it.”

– Stefan van Norden

Sponsored by the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies

Special Showing

The Past is Not Our Future

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm

The early life of Guyanese revolutionary and historian of Africa, Walter Rodney is documented by filmmaker Matthew J. Smith. Smith will be present to discuss the film. Free admission.

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The Past is Not Our Future

The Past is Not Our Future: Walter Rodney's Student Years, followed by a Q&A with director Matthew J. Smith.

The film documents an early period in the life of Guyanese revolutionary and historian of Africa, Walter Rodney. It places Rodney the student, the brilliant young thinker whose restlessness was his greatest motivator, in the context of a Caribbean in flux. As a student Rodney witnessed monumental shifts in the region including the Cuban Revolution which had a profound impact on him. The urgent concerns over what an independent Caribbean could become fired his intellectual self-discovery and set him on a path to radical activity in the years ahead. The film is about the journey and the world that made one of the Caribbean’s greatest revolutionary voices.

  • Director: Matthew J. Smith
  • Runtime: 45 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

Sponsored by Williams College Africana Studies

Special Showing

Chi-Raq

Sunday, November 24 at 7:30pm

Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance and Williams College Department of Classics present a free screening of this Spike Lee joint.

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Chi-Raq

Starring: Teyonah Parris, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson

Chi-Raq is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. After the murder of a Child by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy, Musical

“Bitches, it’s always a good month in America for an antigun movie. The newest, Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq, might be the best ever. It’s sexy, brash, and potent — a powerful weapon in its own right.”

– New York Magazine

Presented by Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance and Williams College Department of Classics

Film Series

20th Century Women

Mondays at 7pm, unless otherwise indicated

Images Cinema

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. In celebration of that historic expansion of voting rights, Images Cinema is presenting a series of films about women’s activism and advocacy from then until today. January through May 2020 Images will present both narrative and documentary films that highlight woman activist stories. Each film is paired with a woman activist guest speaker or speakers.

Regular admission prices apply unless otherwise noted.

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We Are the Radical Monarchs

Guest Speaker: Director Linda Goldstein Knowlton via skype

Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, We Are the Radical Monarchs documents the Radical Monarchs, an alternative to the Scout movement for girls of color, aged 8-13. Its members earn badges for completing units on social justice, being an LGBTQ ally, the environment, and disability justice. The group was started by two queer women of color, and their work is anchored in the belief that adolescent girls of color need dedicated spaces and that the foundation for this innovative work must also be rooted in fierce inter-dependent sisterhood, self-love, and hope.

  • Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton
  • Runtime: 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

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One Woman, One Vote

Starring: Narrated by Susan Sarandon

Guest Speaker: Bette Craig, The Northern Berkshire Suffrage Centennial Coalition

Admission is free.

This PBS documentary is a sweeping look at the women’s suffrage movement, from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s famous Seneca Falls call to arms to the passage and ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women voting rights. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, the documentary features historical photos and video clips of the suffrage movement, as well as a number of historians who provide needed context. The film also delves into the deep divisions within the suffrage movement.

  • Runtime: 2 hours
  • Genre: Documentary

“Inspiring without being rhapsodic. It tells as much about the exigencies of American politics as about the heroism of three generations of American women.”

– New York Times

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Erin Brockovich

Starring: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Guest Speaker: Joya Sonnenfeldt, Natural Resources Defense Council

Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of real-life super hero Erin Brockovich. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, Erin convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation polluting a community’s water. Erin is determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. Ed doesn't want anything to do with the case, but Erin won't take "no" for an answer. So the two begin an incredible, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hour 12 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“From the opening to the perfect final shot, Julia Roberts is in nearly every scene of Erin Brockovich, and there isn't a second when we're not on her side.”

– Salon.com

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Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed

Starring: Shirley Chisholm, Walter Cronkite, George Wallace

Guest Speaker: Barbara Winslow, founder and director emerita of the Shirley Chisholm Project

Winner of a Peabody Award and nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary follows the career of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman ever to run for President of the United States. A teacher in Harlem, Chisholm had a passion for progress, which brought her to local politics, then a seat in Congress, and ultimately a run for the presidency in 1972. With archival footage and contemporary interviews, including with Walter Cronkite, George Wallace, and Chisholm herself, this provocative film is a testament to Chisholm’s “sheer will and refusal to accept the status quo”.

  • Director: Shola Lynch
  • Runtime: 1 hour 16 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Rather than seeming dated, Chisholm's moxie and commitment is a refreshing antidote to the opportunism and cynicism that rules the political roost today.”

– Hollywood Reporter

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Time for Ilhan

Starring: Ilhan Omar

Guest Speakers: Tracy Baker White of Greylock Together and Maddy Art of Mount Greylock REV (Register, Educate, Vote) will speak about local voter engagement initiatives

On November 8, 2016, a young, hijab-wearing mother-of-three named Ilhan Omar made history, becoming the first Somali Muslim woman to be elected to state office in America. She was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the bright lights in the post-election darkness,” and the documentary film Time for Ilhan intimately chronicles her hard-fought campaign for State Representative in Minnesota’s Senate District 60B, home to the nation's largest Somali community. A fresh take on the old story of the American Dream, Time for Ilhan offers an inspiring, stereotype-busting portrait of a rising political star as she begins a bold and powerful political career.

  • Director: Norah Shapiro
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The story of the immigrant Omar’s remarkable journey is a light in the darkness of current American politics.”

– Culture Trip

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Salt of the Earth

Starring: Juan Chacón, Rosaura Revueltas

Guest Speaker: Jacqueline Hidalgo, Williams College Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Religion

Based on the 1950 strike by zinc miners in New Mexico, this little-seen classic tells the story of Mexican-American workers protesting unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza, with the same unfairness the company bosses show him. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home, undermining traditional gender roles. This 1954 film, written, directed, and produced by three blacklisted filmmakers, features actual miners and their families in roles based on their own lives and experiences.

  • Director: Herbert J. Biberman
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“Salt of the Earth has a powerful and often lyrical script, is shot in a style informed by Italian neorealism, and makes atmospheric use of New Mexico's landscapes. It's a rousing tribute to its subjects' fight not only for economic parity with Anglo workers, but for racial justice. It also treated, uniquely for the time it was made, questions of race and class as inseparable from those of gender. ”

– The Guardian

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Norma Rae

Starring: Sally Field, Ron Liebman, Beau Bridges

Sally Field won an Oscar for her portrayal of Norma Rae, a young working class Southern woman struggling to get by. Like a lot of her family before her, Norma Rae works at the local textile mill, where the pay is hardly commensurate with the long hours and lousy working conditions. After hearing a rousing speech by labor activist Reuben, Norma is inspired to rally her fellow workers behind the cause of unionism. Her decision rankles her family, especially her fiancé, Sonny, and provokes the ire of her employers. Based on the true story of labor organizer Crystal Lee Sutton, Norma Rae has become the a labor organizing classic.

  • Director: Martin Ritt
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“This is Sally Field's movie. Her performance - hyperbole completely aside - is peerless, one of the major achievements by an actress in the movies of any place and of any time. ”

– The Globe and Mail

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Hidden Figures

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Mahershala Ali

Guest Speaker: Haydee Lindo, Williams College Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — brilliant African-American women working at NASA in the 1960s who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn. Before the advent of computers as we know them today, “computers” were people who did all of the math necessary to plan, build, and design all that is involved in a outer space travel. Unheralded at the time, this visionary trio is now inspiring new generations across all genders and racial lines.

  • Director: Theodore Melfi
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A dazzling piece of entertainment and a window into history. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe all give superb, luminous performances: Watching them is pure pleasure. ”

– Time

This project has been supported by a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Community.