Robbins Library Monthly Series

Thursday, December 15 | Community Room

A GOOD EGG (13 min)  
Sabrina McCormic, Director | USA | 2015 | Narrative | US PREMIERE

A kind of found poetry, the opening or closing lines of novels by authors as varied as Samuel Beckett and Toni Morrison, with appropriated images from the American film noir canon. Based on Daly's edgy graphic novel of the same name, the bizarrely unrelated text elements are knit together with sound and image. Pastiche has already been compared to the works of David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar.

TASHI & THE MONK (40 MIN) 2015 AIFF BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT                                    

Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke, Directors | MA, USA | 2014 | Doc

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lob sang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but eight years ago he left his life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Five-year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

Robbins Library @ November 17


Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque, Director | Canada/Sudan | 2013 | Doc | U.S. PREMIERE

The meeting of the Blue and White Nile in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, is referred to as ‘the longest kiss in history’. As the Arab Spring was in full bloom, Sudan, straddled between the Middle East and Africa, and was about to split in two. Facing conflicting identities, the youth in north Sudan are faced with a stale leadership while others in south Sudan hope to start over. Focusing on the stories of six people searching for a place to call ‘home’ ahead of the south’s secession, director Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque paints an intimate and detailed portrait of the country’s complex fragmentation.

A CHANCE TO DRESS @ Together In Motion December 2, 2016

A CHANCE TO DRESS (41 Min)                                       


Alice Dungan Bouvrie, Director | Arlington, MA | 2015

76-year-old Professor Emeritus John Southard recently came out to his family, friends and M.I.T colleagues as a cross-dresser after nearly 40 years of easy collegiality. His exuberant outing is reflected, in part, by his efforts to reach out as an educator and counselor to other closeted students and faculty.

Together in Motion: 1 Broadway st, Arlington MA 


Dear Friends,

We are notifying you that the AIFF KICK-OFF has been canceled for Friday, October 14th, 7 :00 PM, Dewey Square!!!

We WILL have a lovely KICK-OFF on The Rose Kennedy Greenway after this storm pattern passes. Thank you for your patience and understanding with the scheduling of this outdoor event.


BOSTON PREMIERE THIS WEEK of a shocking new documentary, “Death By Design,” about the damaged lives and environmental destruction that are caused by smart phones, tablets, and all the digital devices we love so much. First showing at the Environmental Film Festival (Thursday, Sept 29 at 6:00 pm, Kendall Square Cinema), and repeat showing at the GlobeDocs Film Festival (Friday, Sept 30 at 5:30 pm, Brattle Theatre). Tickets are available at  Tickets are available at Tickets are available a t and death-by-design/.  Filmmaker Sue Williams will attend both screenings.

Co-presenting with the

Boston Latino International Film Festival

La Buena Vida (The Good Life) 

Documentary, 98 mins, Frauke Knappke, Germany/Colombia, 2015

The village of Tamaquito lies in the forests of Colombia. Here, nature provides the people with everything they need. But the Wayúu community’s way of life is being destroyed by the vast and rapidly growing El Cerrejón coal mine. Determined to save his community from forced resettlement, young and charismatic leader Jairo Fuentes sets out to negotiate with the mine’s operators. They’re backed by powerful global resources companies such as Glencore, Anglo American and BHP Billiton and communicating with their representatives isn’t easy. The villagers are promised the blessings of progress, but the Wayúu place no value on modern, electrified houses – on the so-called “better life.” Instead, they embark on a fight to save their life in the forest, which soon becomes a fight to survive. “La Buena Vida” is the story of the Wayúu community, set against a global backdrop of rising energy consumption being driven by the pursuit of growth and affluence. 

***09/29 @5:45pm – Tsai Auditorium @David Rockefeller for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

***10/01 @4:15 pm – Northeastern University

 Co-presenting with the

Boston Palestine Film Festival

The Curve (81 min)

Rifqi Adnan Assaf, Director | Palestine | 2015 | Drama

Three displaced souls—a reclusive Palestinian, a talkative Palestinian divorcee heading to Syria, and a Lebanese TV director—meet by chance and embark on a road trip across Jordan in a VW minivan while discussing their troubled pasts, fears, nostalgic reminiscences, and hopes for the future.

The most recent entry in a long catalogue of films from the Middle East on the experience of displacement, Rifqi Assaf’s impressive debut feature is part road trip movie, part lyrical meditation on the perpetual journey that is exile.

Thursday, October 20, 7:30 pm - Museum of Fine Arts

Co-presenting with the

Boston Jewish Film Festival

AKA Nadia (115 min)

Tova Ascher, Director | Israel | 2016 | Narrative     Massachusetts Premiere

Maya Goldwasser is a mom, a successful choreographer, and the wife of an Israeli official of the Ministry of Justice. But Maya was born as Nadia, to a Palestinian family. After getting involved with Nimer, a PLO activist, in her youth, Nadia had to abandon her roots and secretly take up a new identity as an Israeli Jew. When Nimer reappears, Nadia is forced to confront her past. In Hebrew, English, and Arabic with subtitles.

Winner of The Israel Critics’ Forum Award for Best Feature Film at the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016, 7 pm - Arlington Capitol Theatre