This documentary takes us through the manifestations of racism in French society, historically and today, zeroing in on how successful and rich black people experience racial discrimination and how French society tries to cover up their colonial history by claiming to be colorblind.
For instance, in France statistics on race are not collected or tracked, which may appear to signal a society without racism, however it only works to make the racism invisible and more difficult to combat. This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.
This film is a lush and humorous depiction of modernity and industrialization. Machines, objects, and functional spaces are characters, too, making sounds, shining lights, and interacting with the protagonist and other human characters throughout the film.
The film brings you into this world with sort of a fly on the wall perspective, letting you observe, from a distance, the protagonist and the rest of the world interact in this metallic, manufactured, slippery, and loud landscape. Favorite scene: So many! But one that stands out is when a tourist asks a vendor for a photo but takes too long to set it up perfectly without any photo-bombers in view and gets asked by a new tourist on site to stand next to the vendor to be in their photo of “the real Paris.” This film is not rated and is in French with English subtitles.
Just keep swimming, we mean reading! The Read to Reef Book Club is back this month and Enoch Pratt Free Library is excited to offer these fun books that are sure to make a splash.
Not familiar with Read to Reef? In March, the program allows Baltimore-area children in fifth grade and younger to receive a Read to Reef bookmark at their local branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library (while supplies last).
After students read five aquatic or conservation-themed books they can exchange their completed bookmark for up to four admission tickets to the National Aquarium. For a full list of the instructions and details on Read to Reef, please visit here.
Happy Women’s History Month! We’re excited to celebrate with curated lists from Hoopla. Whether its eBooks, audiobooks, film, or music, Pratt staffers are enjoying seeing women from the past highlighted and how they are inspiring the leaders of the future. Here are some of our favorite picks from Hoopla.
eBooks For a full list of eBooks available in honor of Women’s History Month visit here.
Audiobooks Fans of audiobooks, check out what else Hoopla has to offer for Women’s History Month here.
Movies Interested in more movies for Women’s History Month? Visit here for a full list of recommendations.
Music Hoopla has a not only the latest but greatest from popular female artists. Take a look of a list of featured albums here.
With bold art work and intriguing stories, graphic novels can appeal to so many readers. This month, we have a list of recommendations that continue the stories of popular characters you might have already seen on the big or TV screen.
From superheroes to literary classics, there’s something for everyone. Click on the cover to reserve your copy today.
Out of all the films and documentaries that Kanopy has to offer, I’ve been enjoying Independent films a lot lately. Here’s a few of my favorites.
Kelly Reichardt’s Wendy and Lucy featuring Michelle Williams and an adorable Labrador dog. Need I say more? This film is a brutal depiction of how anyone can suddenly be very out of luck and experience homelessness in Reichardt’s signature minimalist style. Heads up this film is Rated R for language.
Barry Jenkins’ Moonlightis a gorgeous and gentle portrait of Chiron, a young black gay boy growing up in Miami and his journey to becoming comfortable with himself as he overcomes his struggles with the love and support from unexpected community members. My favorite scene: When the camera focuses in silence on Chiron’s lover’s face. Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout.