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 Citizen Four


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"If you think Snowden is a traitor, you should probably see it. If you think he's a hero, you should probably see it. If you haven't made up your mind - well, you get the idea."
- Boston Globe

In 2013, poised to expose the massive surveillance of Americans by the NSA, Edward Snowden reached out to longtime NSA target and filmmaker Laura Poitras, who persuaded him to let her film.

Citizenfour places viewers in the room with Poitras, journalist Glenn Greenwald, and Snowden as they attempt to manage the media storm raging outside when Snowden hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA).

After seeing this film, viewers will never think about a phone, email, credit card, web browser, or profile, the same way again.

Directed by Laura Poitras

(In English, 114 minutes)





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“Well-orchestrated and superbly acted. Though we know the outcome, the fate of Paris seems anything but guaranteed.” - Newsday

As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands, or if it does, then 'only as a field of rubble.' The person assigned to carry out this barbaric act is Wehrmacht commander of Greater Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and Notre Dame, and on the bridges over the Seine. But at dawn on 25 August, Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters and begins a tense game of cat and mouse as he tries to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

(In French, German with English subtitles, 85 minutes)


On Sunday, November 23rd, Sharon Straka joins us for a discussion after the 5:30 PM screening.

Sharon is a member of the Alliance Française of Harford and is the former Director of the Center of the Teaching of French at Yale University.



 Internet Cats

The Internet Cat Video Festival

"Proof that 13,000 fans of cat videos can’t be wrong."
- Buzzfeed

"You love them. You mock them. But one thing you can’t do is stop watching them. Yes, we’re talking about Internet cat videos. Which either represent the pinnacle of human creative achievement, or a sign that the apocalypse is nigh. Or both."
- Los Angeles Times

The Internet Cat Video Festival is the first offline celebration of online cat videos. In it's original form at the Walker Art Center, the festival is an outdoor event, gathering fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips—from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between—in a social environment.

We're bringing the collection to our cinema for special matinee screenings, to coincide with The Cats-in-Residence Program!

Programmed by Will Braden

(Meow, 80 minutes)



 I Am Eleven

I Am Eleven

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"A smart, enjoyable portrait." - Los Angeles Times

Australian filmmaker Genevieve Bailey travelled the world for six years talking with 11-year-olds to compose this insightful, funny and moving documentary portrait of childhood.

From an orphanage in India, to a single-parent household in inner-city Melbourne, to bathing with elephants in Thailand, I Am Eleven explores the lives and thoughts of children from 15 countries, weaving together deeply personal and at times hilarious portraits of this transitional age.

Directed by Genevieve Bailey

(English/various with English subtitles, 91 minutes)


 Pelican Dreams

Pelican Dreams

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What's it like to try to get to know a flying dinosaur? Sundance-and-Emmy-Award-winning filmmaker Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward California brown pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans' nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges.

Directed by Mark Bittner and Judy Irving

(In English, 80 minutes)




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"A warm, winning female buddy comedy that turns the genre on its head." - IndieWire

"BFFs is a simmering, smart comedy that boils over with laughs at all the right moments. Treat yourself and go see this film." - Splash Magazine

Kat and Samantha have been best friends for years. When Samantha convinces a reluctant Kat to take advantage of a couple’s weekend retreat by pretending to be lovers, they’re hoping for some time by the pool and maybe a few good stories.

Instead, they find themselves immersed in an intensive workshop with real couples who are fighting to save their relationships. As the “Closer to Closeness” weekend progresses, Kat and Samantha are made to face their own shortcomings and, by default, begin to believe their own cover story as the lines of friendship begin to blur.

Directed by Andrew Putschoegl

(In English, 90 minutes)



Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey

Director Scott Teems will join us after the film, in conversation with Dr. Cindy Lovell, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House & Museum.

Celebrated actor Hal Holbrook has carved out a prolific career in film, television and theater, but one role, which he has played since 1954, has become indelibly associated with him: Mark Twain.

For 60 years, Holbrook has been touring with his award-winning one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight!," in which he portrays the renowned American writer and satirist before sold-out crowds. Doling out Twain's priceless and still relevant morsels of wit and wisdom, Holbrook has performed the show in all 50 states, internationally, on television, Broadway and behind the Iron Curtain.

Filmmaker Scott Teems takes us behind the scenes with Holbrook for an intimate peek at Twain's continuing influence on our culture and the dedicated actor who brings him to life.

Directed by Scott Teems

(In English, 95 minutes)

Presented in partnership with The Mark Twain House and Museum.

Sponsored by The Saunders Foundation.


 Princess Kaguya

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Directed by Isao Takahata

(In English, 137 minutes)


 Force Majeure

Force Majeure

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A critical favorite and word-of-mouth sensation at this year's Cannes Festival, where it took the Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard, this wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama tells the story of a model Swedish family -handsome businessman Tomas, his willowy wife Ebba and their two blond, pre-teen children-on a skiing holiday in the French Alps.

The sun is shining and the slopes are spectacular but, during lunch at a mountainside restaurant, an avalanche turns everything upside down. With panicked diners fleeing in all directions, Ebba calls out for her husband as she tries to protect their children. Tomas, however, makes a decision that will shake the family's world to its core.

Directed by Ruben Östlund

(Swedish with English subtitles, 120 minutes)


 National Gallery

National Gallery

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"The museum's interior is neoclassical, and Wiseman's severely restrained style of filmmaking matches it perfectly. " - The New Yorker

Frederick Wiseman’s National Gallery takes the audience behind the scenes of a London institution, on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century.

Directed by Frederick Wiseman

(English, 180 minutes)



British Arrows Awards

This holiday season, the Walker Art Center carries on its 28-year tradition as host to the popular British Arrows Awards — an eclectic mix of riveting mini-dramas, outrageous wit, and awe-inspiring innovation.

The collection of works from this celebration of commercial creativity, from high-tech extravaganzas to bawdy comedy, will screen at Real Art Ways beginning December 12th.

(74 minutes)


 Art and Craft

Art and Craft

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"Perhaps the year's most delightfully charming documentary. " - Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating documentary about Landis' amazing feats as a forger and con man."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directed by Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman

(English, 89 minutes)



AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda

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"A film that works both for followers and for those interested in knowing what yoga is truly about." - San Francisco Chronicle

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.

Directed by Lisa Leeman and Paola di Florio

(English, 87 minutes)


 The Great Invisible

The Great Invisible

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"Brown seamlessly blends the emotional, intimate stories of people with bigger pictures, using the explosion as the starting point for a ripple effect that just keeps growing."
- The Washington Post

On April 20, 2010, communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States were devastated by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. The blast killed 11 of 126 rig crewmembers and injured many more, setting off a fireball that was seen 35 miles away. After burning for two days, the Deepwater Horizon sank, causing the largest offshore oil spill in American history.

Years later, the Southern Americans still haunted by the Deepwater Horizon explosion provide first-hand accounts of their ongoing experience, long after the story has faded from the front page.

Directed by Margaret Brown

(English, 92 minutes)


 She's Beautiful When She's Angry

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

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She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement from 1966 to 1971.

The film takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women's liberation.

Directed by Mary Dore

(English, 87 minutes)


Director Mary Dore joins us for a discussion following the opening night screening!


United Technologies


Support for Real Art Ways' cinema program comes from United Technologies.


film field trip

Film Field Trips for School Groups

Available films:
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Mighty Times: The Children's March
A Place at the Table
Bloods and Crips: Made in America
Favela Rising

Read film descriptions and find out more about our Education Programs here.

Contact Lindsey Fyfe at 860.232.1006 x129 for more information.

Made possible with the support of Real Art Ways Members, Travelers Foundation, the George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation, the Fund for Greater Hartford, the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., The Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Financial Foundation.

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