Saturday Night Docs

Saturday Night Docs

Challenge, Expand and Brighten your perspective at the Lark. Join us for a unique selection of thought-provoking and enlightening documentaries, every Saturday Night at the Lark.

Rooted In Peace

Rooted in Peace

1hr 37min - Documentary, Environmental, Global, Nature

Written and directed by Greg Reitman

Interviews with Deepak Chopra, David Lynch, Ted Turner, Arch. Desmond Tutu

"Potent, hopeful and enlightening. It can change the way you think about at the world and the symbiosis of man and nature."
- Avi Offer,NYC Movie Guru

ROOTED in PEACE challenges viewers to examine their values as Americans and human beings. Today we are at war within ourselves, with our environment, and with the world. Director and award-winning filmmaker Greg Reitman invites viewers on a film journey to take notice of the world we live in, proactively seek ways to find personal and ecological peace, and stop the cycle of violence.

The film relies not only on memoir, but also interviews with such luminaries and activists as Deepak Chopra, music legends Donovan, Mike Love, and Pete Seeger, film director David Lynch, Noble Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire, media mogul Ted Turner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, green architect William McDonough, neuroscientist Dan Siegel and many others. Reitman learns from all of them, and heeds Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s words, that if the forest is to be green, every tree must be green; if there’s going to be Peace on earth, then everybody needs to experience that quality of Peace within themselves. And so in asking viewers to do the same, Reitman poses the basic question: How do we want to live?

Reitman’s journey is an example of transformation — how one person can learn to make the necessary changes to enjoy a better life — and in so doing inspire others to want to improve their own lives, and society as a whole.

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Sat, Feb 18 4:20pm   Buy Tickets

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Notes on Blindness

Notes on Blindness

1hr 30min - Documentary, Drama

Written and directed by Pete Middleton, James Spinney

**WINNER** BEST DOCUMENTARY
British Independent Film Awards

**5-STAR** The genius of the film is in allowing us to understand and visualise the world of blindness… A beautiful, accessible and thoughtful work of art."
- The Guardian 

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary.

Over three years John recorded over sixteen hours of material, a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, excavating the interior world of blindness.

Published in 1990, the diaries were described by author and neurologist Oliver Sacks as, ‘A masterpiece… The most precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read.’

Following on from the Emmy Award-winning short film of the same name, Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work, both affecting and innovative – and one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.

Since premiering at Sundance in January 2016 (alongside our virtual reality project) the film has played at over 40 international festivals. It won the Best Documentary at the British Independent Film Awards and has been nominated for 3 BAFTAs (including Best Documentary and Outstanding British Film).

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Sat, Feb 25   Buy Tickets

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Unlocking the Cage

Unlocking the Cage

1hr 31min - Documentary, Animal Rights

Directed by Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

"UNLOCKING THE CAGE is a smart, heroic act of film-making.”
- Isa Freeling, The Huffington Post

"In their new documentary, D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus bring their relaxed, acute observational style of filmmaking to bear on a thorny tangle of legal and philosophical questions. Observant and absorbing.
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

From the filmmakers of DON'T LOOK BACK and WAR ROOM

UNLOCKING THE CAGE follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections.

Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.

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Sat, Mar 4 5:45pm   Buy Tickets

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The Settlers

The Settlers

1hr 47min - Documentary

Directed by Shimon Dotan

Written by Oron Adar, Shimon Dotan

"Remarkable", "Gripping"
- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

"A compelling, must see, tour de force outline of the Israeli Settlement issue fueling the last 50 years of Middle East conflicts."
- Michael Berkowitz, Huffington Post

The first film of its kind to offer a comprehensive view of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories of the West Bank. A historical overview, a geopolitical study and an intimate look at those people at the core of the most daunting challenges facing Israel and the international community today as the Palestinians and Israelis resume talks again.

Since the decisive victory of Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967, hundreds of thousand Israeli citizens settled down in the occupied territories of the West Bank. Benefiting from an unprecedented access with the pioneers of the movement of colonization and from the current, religious and secular colonists, THE SETTLERS is an in-depth exploration of these communities, which take hostage the sociopolitical future of Israel and Palestine today.

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Sat, Mar 18   Buy Tickets

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Newsies

Freedom to Marry

"This doc celebrates that momentous day – and with fascinating depth, profiles the LGBT heroes that worked tirelessly for decades to make the dream of marriage equality a reality."
- Ray Bradford, GLAAD

“Surprisingly suspenseful and thoroughly moving and inspiring.”
- The Boston Globe

THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is an intimate and epic documentary which goes behind-the-scenes to reveal the inner workings and key players of this historic civil rights struggle. This is a riveting ride alongside Evan Wolfson, the man known as architect of the movement, civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, and their key colleagues as they wage their climactic battle before the United States Supreme Court, providing fresh perspective on the movement's history along the way. This is a primer for social change, and an inspirational tale of how people can actually make a difference.

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Sat, Mar 25 7:00pm   Buy Tickets

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Karl Marx City

Karl Marx City

1hr 29min - Documentary

Written and directed by Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker

"KARL MARX CITY offers eerie parallels to the rise in surveillance today. (It) makes for a particularly resonant warning from the not-so-distant past"
-Scott Tobias, Variety

"The movie draws you in quickly with its intelligence...its jaw-dropping period material, which includes some wildly creepy Stasi surveillance imagery."
- The NY Times

Twenty-five years after the collapse of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), filmmaker Petra Epperlein returns to the proletarian Oz of her childhood to find the truth about her late father's suicide and his rumored Stasi past. Had he been an informant for the secret police? Was her childhood an elaborate fiction? As she looks for answers in the Stasi's extensive archives, she pulls back the curtain of her own nostalgia and enters the parallel world of the security state, seeing her former life through the lens of the oppressor. Reconstructing everyday GDR life through declassified Stasi surveillance footage, the past plays like dystopian science fiction, providing a chilling backdrop to interrogate the apparatus of control and the meaning of truth in a society where every action and thought was suspect.

 

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Sat, Apr 29 5:00pm   Buy Tickets

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