Well you saw the post last week with the schedule of films… Now we are going to tell you a little more to whet your appetite to see these great films! Below are descriptions of the DOCUMENTARIES… (narratives and shorts to come in the next few days)
In the summer of 2010, a performing male orca whale named Tilikum brutally attacked and killed his trainer. This was not the first time. “Tilly,” had been involved in two other human deaths during his 30 years in captivity. Why? Taking on the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry, this stunning documentary exposes devastating never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes, and seething commentary from former Sea World trainers about the cruel treatment of these highly intelligent and loving animals – treatment that is likely driving them mad.
What if you were in a plane crash and there was only one survivor? And that lone survivor was you? In the history of aviation, there have only been 14 sole survivors of large-scale commercial airline disasters. Most have never spoken publicly afterward. In this riveting film, four sole survivors come together under very unique circumstances and speak for the first time about the harrowing moments of the crashes they survived, and share the immense guilt and the isolation they have felt as they struggle with the soul-wrenching question: why me?
USA, Ethiopia, Haiti, Vietnam
International adoption is not for the faint of heart. It can be a roller coaster of bureaucracy, politics, disappointment and seemingly endless roadblocks. This documentary follows three families and the orphans they are trying to bring home: Tihun from Ethiopia, Nate from Vietnam, and Erickson and Therline from Haiti. Narrated by Mariska Hargitay, the film shows the steadfast bonds that link these parents to their children thousands of miles away, and the dire consequences to the millions of babies and children worldwide who never get out of institutions.
WINGS FOR MAGGIE RAY
Straight from the heart and the heartland, this thrilling film is the story of Margaret Ringenberg, an Indiana farm girl who answered her country’s call to duty and ultimately became a flying legend. Born Margaret Jane Ray, Maggie fell in love with flying at the age of six when she took a ride with a barnstormer, and the rest is, as they say, history. She earned a place in the distinguished Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in World War II, and later became a renowned long distance aviation racer. She flew planes until her last day.
WITHIN A SEASON
Jan Conner won two state championships in her long career as one of Indiana’s most controversial basketball coaches. Then she retired. Five years later she came out of retirement to help a new school, Lafayette Jeff, build a winning girl’s varsity team. This rip-roaring film follows the whole season, from locker room to courtside, as coach Conner, with her trademark intensity and in-your-face style, tries to rally this team of near novices. Whether you love basketball or not, this film rocks from opening tip to the final buzzer.
WAR ON WHISTLEBLOWERS: Free Press and the National Security State
During President Obama’s time in office, the Department of Justice has indicted more people for violating secrecy under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. This timely film takes a look at the consequences faced by four whistleblowers whose lives were forever changed after they exposed government misconduct. Many of the people in this film are conservatives and/or mainstream individuals who saw something wrong and chose the whistleblower route only after they tried repeatedly to use official channels, but were met with deaf ears.