MEDIA RELEASE, February 26, 2016, Southbury, CT
Heroines and Heroes in the Southbury Public Library Films
Women fighting for the right to vote, two senior men struggling on the Appalachian Trail, and a doctor defying authorities and discrimination to save babies’ lives are the stories told in films being shown on Wednesday afternoons this month at Southbury Public Library.
The March 9 film, inspired by true events, explores the passion and heartbreak of women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Great Britain. Carey Mulligan plays a working-class woman caught up in the fight, Helen Bonham Carter is one of the activists and Meryl Streep appears as the leader, Emmeline Pankhurst.
On March 16 Robert Redford stars as a retired travel writer determined to hike the Appalachian Trail, to the concern of his wife (Emma Thompson). The only companion he can recruit is a long-lost, far from physically fit friend, played by Nick Nolte. The obstacles they encounter include not only nature’s but an odd fellow traveller and an irate husband.
American women fighting for passage of the 19th amendment in the 1920s take over the screen on March 23. Hilary Swank and Frances O’Connor portray the activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, and Anjelica Huston is Carrie Chapman Catt, the suffragist leader.
The film on March 30 tells the true story of Dr. Alfred Blalock, who successfully developed a technique for performing heart surgery on “blue babies,” with the help of his skilled technician Vivien Thomas, an African American. The doctor, portrayed by Alan Rickman, has to fight racial prejudice to allow Thomas (Mos Def) to work beside him in the operating room.
The films, with closed captioning, begin at 1:00 PM in the Kingsley Meeting room surround sound theater; infrared listening system is available. Because of licensing and copyright agreements, the Library cannot list the titles of the films. Offered free to the public, they are sponsored by Friends of the Southbury Public Library, with the videos provided by Connecticut Libraries. For further information, call the Library at 203-262-0626.
Contact: Irene Sudol, Secretary
203-262-0626 ext. 144
FAX #: 203-262-6734
Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Rd.
Southbury, CT 06488