Join your friends and neighbors for eye-opening journeys and inspired stories from some of today’s most innovative and gifted filmmakers during Documentary Nights! at the Sequim Branch Library. Films from around the world will be shown at 6pm every fourth Tuesday. The Documentary Nights! program series will take place in the library meeting room, and is free to attend. This film series is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.
The Song Collector
Tuesday, January 23 at 6pm
Set high in the Indian Himalaya, Ladakh is home to a rich Buddhist culture and an ancient tradition of folk singing. In the 1960s as economic development thrust change upon Ladakh, Morup Namgyal, Ladakh’s greatest folk artist, began his lifelong efforts to preserve his beloved folk songs. Using song as the medium, Morup and his peers sparked a social movement that would bring about profound and enduring change in Ladakh. It was a movement built on education, tradition, and preservation. What Morup could not imagine at that time was that he would ultimately embrace development and modernization.
Through the lives of three generations of the Namgyal family, The Song Collector explores the uneasy relationship between culture and development and ultimately offers a new vision, inspired by the Buddhist concept of the ‘middle path’, that seeks to find a beneficial coexistence between tradition and modernization.
Tuesday, February 27 at 6pm
Some think an in vitro fertilization contest sounds crazy, but countless Americans desperate to start a family believe this social media experiment is their only hope. Oscar-nominated director Amanda Micheli’s provocative documentary follows several aspiring parents who desperately want to have a baby but are struggling with infertility and the high cost of treatments. They place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual contest, which offers a prize of a free round of in-vitro fertilization—with no guarantee of success. Contestants post their video entries on YouTube, counting on the votes of strangers to make their dreams of parenthood come true.
Tuesday, March 27 at 6pm
Director Maite Alberdi provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of adults in Chile living with Down Syndrome. With both humor and heartbreak, the film illuminates legal, financial, and societal restrictions that diminish the freedoms of Chile’s developmentally disabled population. Alberdi places the viewer in a center for individuals with Down Syndrome, where the film’s main characters attend school and staff an in-house catering business. One of the regular therapy sessions the middle-aged students attend takes place in a room with a sign that reads, “Taller Adultez Consciente,” Spanish for “Conscious Adult Workshop.”