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Just like books, film has the power to inform and inspire.

Each month at the Columbia Public Library, we offer a free screening of a thought-provoking documentary to help our community delve deeper into contemporary issues. Through this series, we frequently show films that have been celebrated by the True/False Film Fest as well as other highly-acclaimed film festivals. We also partner with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series, to bring you the most relevant and groundbreaking documentaries of the year.

Mark your calendars now with our upcoming film screenings. Better yet, sign up for our email newsletter so that you receive reminders for upcoming programs directly  in your inbox!

Upcoming Film Programs

Free Film Screening: “Up Heartbreak Hill
Up Heartbreak HillWednesday, June 15, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. They are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to their Navajo roots. Erica Scharf’s documentary is a moving look at their struggle. Shown in collaboration with POV, PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series. Adults and teens.


Free Film Screening: “Off and Running

Off and RunningWednesday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room 

This Emmy-nominated documentary from Nicole Opper follows Avery, an African-American track star and adopted daughter of Jewish white lesbians, as she searches for her birth mother. As Avery explores her own identity, her search threatens to distance her from the parents she’s always known. Adults and teens.


Free Film Screening: “Stray Dog

Stray DogWednesday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room

From Debra Granik, director of the Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone,” comes this complex portrait of America outside the mainstream as embodied by motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran Ron “Stray Dog” Hall. The film is a fresh exploration of what it takes to survive in the hardscrabble heartland. Adults and teens.

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