Like a weekly book club or a giant magnet at a knight-in-shining-armor convention, film festivals bring people together. Congregate in a flick-loving flock with today's Groupon: for $14, you get two general-admission tickets (an $18 value), two small sodas (a $4 value) and two small popcorns (a $6 value), at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at Facets Cinémathèque (a $28 total value). Choose from the following films and showtimes:
- A Small Act on June 1 at 9:00 p.m. or June 6 at 8:30 p.m.
- This is My Land…Hebron on June 1 at 7:00 p.m. or June 3 at 8:30 p.m.
- Last Best Chance on June 2 at 7:00 p.m. or June 8 at 8:30 p.m.
- Enemies of the People on June 2 at 9:00 p.m. or June 7 at 9:00 p.m.
- Youth Producing Change on June 4 at 1:00 p.m. or June 5 at 1:00 p.m.
- 12 Angry Lebanese on June 3 at 7:00 p.m. or June 5 at 4:00 p.m.
- Mountains and Clouds on June 4 at 3:00 p.m. or June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
- Camp Victory, Afghanistan on June 4 at 5:00 p.m. or June 9 at 8:45 p.m.
- The Green Wave on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. or June 7 at 6:30 p.m.
- Out In The Silence on June 5 at 2:30 p.m. or June 6 at 7:00 p.m.
- In The Land Of The Free… on June 9 at 7:00 p.m.
The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival showcases films that visually chronicle human-rights activists and survivors around the world. Organized by Human Rights Watch, the festivals' exhibits take in-depth looks into important global issues, sparking discussions and revealing personalized tales about a range of topics, including immigration, education, criminal justice, and equal rights. Join the festival to catch A Small Act, a film chronicling the chain reaction of one good deed at a primary school in Kenya, or swing by to see Youth Producing Change, a collection of tales from 11 change-seeking teenagers around the globe. Question-and-answer sessions or expert panels follow some of the screenings, enabling attendees to ask questions about the films or to finally discover why actors appear larger on screen than in person.
A nonprofit theater helmed by passionate cinephiles, Facets Cinematheque instills a love of film in its youngest moviegoers through its groundbreaking children's programs. Since establishing their first children's film exhibition series in 1975, the theater's stewards have branched out into education and outreach, introducing students to positive films and the inspiring stories behind them through channels including family film events, in-school screenings, and the Facets Kids Film Camp. They also oversee the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, which presents hundreds of films from around the globe during its annual autumn run. Though the festival caters to its smallest attendees, its scope is impressively large; welcoming over 20,000 attendees each year, the festival often offers the first screenings of award-winning fare, such as recent Academy Award winner _The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore_.
In addition to their children's programming, the theater also lights up its silver screen with indie films, award winners, foreign flicks, and documentaries. Celluloid-caretakers curate a collection of reels that seldom see screenings elsewhere in Chicago, frequently enjoying their city debut within the intimate 125-seat theater. Occasionally, production-team members or film experts join audiences immediately following the show for Q&A sessions—known as film dialogues—taking questions, exploring themes, and providing tips for removing stubborn popcorn kernels from teeth. Upcoming films can be found on Facets’ website.
Eyeballs absorb moving pictures thanks to the dual capabilities of Facets’ projection system, which handles digital and 35 mm films with equal aplomb. While the ephemeral stories fill brains with new ideas, soda and popcorn—acquirable at the old-fashioned concession stand—fill mouths with flavors that have defined every classic moviegoing experience since Orson Welles first invented the snack.
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