From OFS Programmer Jim Christiansen: Many people live under repressive regimes, whether on the right or the left. Their stories often inspire gripping cinema. Our spring schedule includes three examples, two of which made the National Board of Review’s Top Five Foreign Films.
Barbara: May 5. East Germany, 1980. The state banishes a gifted pediatrician to a clinic in the sticks. Yet she remains under the watchful eye of the notorious secret police, the Stasi. How does she cope? Whom can she trust? Can she reconcile her personal and professional lives?
Clandestine Childhood: May 19. Argentina, 1979. Hoping to help topple the governing junta, two political radicals return from exile, with their 12-year old son. This coming-of-age story/political thriller explores how political activism can complicate the daunting journey of adolescence.
No: June 9. Chile, 1988. A national plebiscite looms, a yes-no vote on dictator Agosto Pinochet. Hotshot ad man Gael Garcia Bernal leads a charmed life, personally and professionally. Things change, however, when he brings his unique vision to the campaign to oust Pinochet.
In sum, three award-winning, compelling, perspectives on good people in tough places. Three films not to miss.