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Events for April 1, 2017


April 1, 2017, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

The 41st Annual Cleveland International Film Festival returns to the Akron Art Museum, the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Nightlight Cinema for film screenings in Akron.  


April 1, 2017, 12:00 pm – 12:00 am

The Cleveland International Film Festival returns to the Akron Art Museum, the Akron-Summit County Public Library and the Nightlight Cinema for Neighborhood Screenings in Akron.

CIFF 41 screenings in Akron will be held on March 31 (at the Akron-Summit County Public Library) and April 1 (at the Akron Art Museum and the Nightlight Cinema).

For Tickets and Additional Information, visit http://www.clevelandfilm.org/akron or call 877.304.FILM (3456). Use the code AKRON to receive a $2 discount off each ticket purchase.

Screenings at the Akron Art Museum:

12:00 PM
Family Shorts Program 2
International 2016 • 95 minutes I Code AFAM01

The Boy Who Learned to Fly
A Children's Song
The Gift
Lemonade Mafia
"Take My Heart Away" - Johnny Clegg

2:15 PM
The Next Webisode – Web Series Program
73 minutes I Code NEXT01

"Adam Vicarel - Designer" from Artisans
"Chapter No. 1" from Gunner Jackson
"Family" from Almost Asian
"Honk" from The Wizards of Aus
"Lydia Might Be a Lesbian" from Guest Appearances
"Moyzee" from Amy Street
"Pilot" from Seeking Sublet
"Project X" from Field of Vision
"The Robbery" from The Minutes Collection

4:15 PM
The Good Postman
Directed by Tonislav Hristov
BULGARIA, FINLAND 2016 • 82 minutes I Code GOOD01
recommended for high school students

Nestled near Turkey’s border is a tiny Bulgarian village that has seen its share of weary travelers over the centuries dating back to the early years of the Ottoman Empire. Now, given the multitude of instability in Africa and the Middle East, this village is again seeing the foot traffic of refugees trying to find a new home anywhere in Europe. THE GOOD POSTMAN is director Tonislav Hristov’s sixth documentary, and it couldn’t be more timely given the wave of refugees and nationalism that is sweeping through Europe and here at home. When Ivan, the titular postal worker, decides to run for mayor of the town of a few dozen people, he runs on a platform of granting asylum to the refugees. His thinking is this will re-energize the sleepy and decrepit town. A microcosm of much larger stages, the town and its people contain all the characters we’re seeing in our political theater today—including an ill-mannered malcontent who thinks the refugees will be the end of the town. Beautifully shot and poignant, THE GOOD POSTMAN is a nice reminder that there is still good in people. (In Bulgarian with subtitles) —T.W.

6:30 PM
Voices of the Hill
Directed by Carla LynDale Carter
USA 2016 • 73 minutes I Code VOIC01
recommended for high school students

Located in Summit County, Twinsburg Heights is made up of 14 streets in Twinsburg, Ohio. It is listed as a census-designated place or CDP, which basically means it’s a community that doesn’t enjoy the same rights as the rest of Twinsburg. Through the years, it’s earned a reputation for being scary—a false stereotype deeply rooted in racism (the Klu Klux Klan once stood at the bottom of the hill that divides the area from Twinsburg in an effort to intimidate the segregated African-American population). For many years the city largely ignored the Heights. Its citizens had to fight for such basic necessities as roads and street lights. In fact, they didn’t have running water until 1973. But despite the lack of support, Heights residents always rallied together, helping their neighbors, even teaming up to build a community center. Their inspiring story is the focus of VOICES OF THE HILL, a documentary that was made mainly by Twinsburg high school students. It’s a heartfelt tribute to the hardworking men and women who built their neighborhood with an abundance of blood, sweat, and tears. —E.F.

8:30 PM
The Force
Directed by Peter Nicks
USA 2017 • 93 minutes I Code FORC01
recommended for high school students

At the start of the gripping documentary THE FORCE, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) has been under federal oversight for over a decade and is working diligently to reform its policies and operations. Complicating matters is that the department is short-staffed and facing a community that’s growing frustrated with and resentful toward actions perceived to be indifferent. As relations between police and constituents grow even more contentious after a rash of officer-involved shootings, OPD then faces internal turmoil: accusations of sexual misconduct, a racist texting scandal, and the resignation of a staggering three police chiefs in just nine days. THE FORCE is a gritty microcosm of the racial and societal tensions plaguing cities and police forces across the U.S., and it doesn’t shy away from exposing the underlying issues causing this friction. Above all, the film illustrates that the divide between good intentions and actual implementation is often very wide—and trying to enact measurable change is a deeply flawed process that’s perpetually a work-in-progress. —A.Z.

10:40 PM
After Hours Shorts: Program 4
INTERNATIONAL 2016 • 95 minutes I Code AART01

Critical Miss
Dawn of the Deaf
It's Been Like a Year
A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky
Next Time You'll Know Better
Night of the Slasher
A Zombie Love Story

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