Chandler’s Downtown Public Library is presenting its free annual documentary film series, “Get Reel,” this summer from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays through July 12. The films will be screened in the Copper Room on the second floor of the Downtown Library located at 22 S. Delaware St.
The “Get Reel” film series is made possible by a partnership between Chandler Public Library and POV, the longest-running independent documentary series on American TV.
A showcase exclusively for nonfiction films, POV screens on local PBS affiliates and streams online and is available in all 50 states. Its local community screenings are intended to foster conversation about pressing issues.
“This year marks the fifth summer of POV films at the library and the 30th season of POV on PBS,” said Chandler librarian Ted Liebler. “Several of the films will be first-run documentaries, making it possible for the community to see new releases before they go into broadcast, streaming and DVD distribution.”
On June 28, the library will screen “Shalom Italia,” directed by Tamar Tal Anati. “Shalom Italia” follows three octogenarian Italian Jewish brothers as they set off on a Tuscan journey to find the cave where they hid from the Nazis for six years as children.
Despite the serious subject matter, reviewers have noted that the film is actually good-humored and easy to watch. The film will air on PBS-POV Television on July 24.
“In times of political division, POV offers stories with universal import,” said POV Executive Director/Executive Producer Justine Nagan in a recent release. “Issues like immigration, criminal justice and veterans’ issues are given more than the cable-news treatment, and talented directors are given a prime-time audience on PBS.”
Other films in the “Get Reel” series include:
“Dalya’s Other Country” by Julia Meltzer, about an embattled family displaced by the Syrian conflict.
“Kingdom of Shadows” by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz, who considers the consequences of the U.S.-Mexico drug war.
“Tribal Justice” by Anne Makepeace, in which two Native American judges employ traditional ideas of justice in order to create safer communities, reduce incarceration rates and foster an improved outlook for their youth.
For more information, call 480-782-2800 or visit chandlerlibrary.org.