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Library, Egyptian Theatre partner to provide cultural film series

DeKALB – The DeKalb Public Library and the Egyptian Theatre are partnering to offer the “Great Souls” film series, a screening of three free cultural movies throughout the spring.

A panel discussion will take place in late spring to discuss the cultural beliefs and values represented in the films.

The series begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with “Seven Years in Tibet” (1997), the true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China’s takeover of Tibet. This movie is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2 hours and 19 minutes.

On April 12, the series will continue with a screening of “Gandhi” (1982). This biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. This movie has a running time of three hours.

The series concludes on May 3 with “Selma” (2014). Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. This movie is rated PG-13 has a running time of two hours.

These programs are made possible by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding.

This series is open to all and is intended for adults and mature teens. No registration is required. All films will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N.Seond St. in DeKalb.

For information, contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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