Fri. June 14th - 7:30 PM
Sat. June 15th - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sat. June 22nd - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Oak View Room - Walnut Creek Library
[1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek]
For non-Members, a limited number of $12 general admission tickets will be available on a first-come basis, beginning 30 minutes before show times.

THE SILENCE OF OTHERS - When General Franco died in 1975, after a dictatorship spanning almost 40 years, the government of Spain devised an amnesty law that freed all political prisoners…but also cleared all perpetrators of crimes on behalf of his fascist regime. Filmed over six years, this poetic and suspenseful documentary reveals the epic struggle of hundreds of Franco’s victims to organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight the “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. In Spain, survivors and human rights lawyers build a case that Spanish courts refuse to admit, and in Argentina, a judge takes on the case, using the principle of universal jurisdiction.  Docs-drama • 96 min. • Sub-titled • Trailer

This show includes a delightfully creepy animated short film by Nina Gerstenhaber, “the rose garden.”

This show includes a delightfully creepy animated short film by Nina Gerstenhaber, “the rose garden.”

Film Review & Commentary

Film Reviews
A Thing of Value

ONE LAST DEAL - An elderly art dealer, Olavi ,is about to retire, but he cannot imagine life without work. At an auction, an old painting catches his attention. Olavi suspects it is worth much more than its starting price, which is low because its authenticity hasn’t been confirmed. Olavi’s instincts kick in. He decides to make one last deal, with the help of his estranged grandson. This touching film from Finland was Mountain Shadow’s selection for May, 2019. Click on the image above to read our Review.

Purgatory Revisited

In Christian Petzold’s film TRANSIT, the main character Georg has assumed the identity of a controversial dead writer, in his attempt to obtain a travel visa and escape a fascist regime that is closing in. While the film is adapted from a 1944 novel by the same name, the film takes place today in the city of Marseille; as if to suggest refugees seeking political asylum still occurs …. The film was Mountain Shadow’s selection for April, 2019, and the review can be read by clicking on the image above.