The Winter Film Series returned this past week with “Far From the Tree,” a film based on the New York Times best-seller “Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity” by Andrew Solomon. The unrated film follows different families through the eyes of parents as they push society’s acceptance of their special kids, who have been deemed socially “abnormal” by the world.
“Far From the Tree” was shown at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland Jan. 28 – Feb. 2, with the exception of Jan. 30, when the showing was canceled due to poor weather. Coming up next in the Winter Film Series is a documentary about three Japanese tuna trawlers who survived the US detonating their first hydrogen weapon Castle Bravo while they were out fishing. “Day of the Western Sunrise” is told through “kamishibai” or “paper drama,” a Japanese storytelling method that gives viewers a more intimate retelling of the fishermen’s story. The film is shown in Japanese with English subtitles and will be playing at the Knickerbocker Theatre March 11-16.
Be sure to mark it in your calendars – you won’t want to miss this show. The last film in the Winter Film Series is titled “Woman at War” and will be shown at the Knickerbocker Theatre on April 1-6 to conclude the season. This film follows a woman named Halla, who declares war on the local aluminum industry in hopes of stopping the operations from happening in the Icelandic highlands. While Halla is in the middle of her war, she is thrown a curve ball when a long-forgotton application to adopt a child from Ukraine is approved, and she is stuck in the tricky position of raising a child while still fighting for what she believes in. The film is in Icelandic, Spanish, Norwegian and English, shown with English subtitles.
Tickets for the Winter Film Series are $7 for regular admission, $6 for senior citizens, children and Hope faculty. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center in Downtown Holland.