The Western Illinois Museum announces the launch of a film series for 2020 with screenings on the first Friday and Sunday of the month. Five movies will be showing at the Western Illinois Museum in February, March, April, May, and November Friday screenings will be at 7:00 pm and Sunday screenings will be at 2:00 pm.
The series kicks off on Friday, February 7th and Sunday, February 9th, Academy Award weekend, with the documentary film, Honeyland. Winner of three Sundance awards, the film has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and Best International Featured Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) making history as the only film to accomplish this in the same year.
Honeyland’s directors Tamar Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s film gives a rare look at the isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans and Hatidze Muratova, one of the last nomadic beekeepers. When a nomadic family moves in and breaks Honeyland’s basic rule, she must save the bees and restore the natural balance. There will be two screenings, Friday, February 7th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 9th at 2:00 pm. The film is 85 minutes and is in Turkish with English Subtitles. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
In March the series continues with the screening of the documentary, Farmsteaders which will be shown on Friday, March 6th and Sunday, March 8th. Director Shaena Mallett writes, “When I began filming the Nolans in 2011, it felt like home.” Clear-eyed and intimate, Farmsteaders follows Nick Nolan and his young family on a journey to resurrect his late grandfather’s dairy farm as agriculture moves toward large-scale farming. A study of place and persistence, Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at everyday life in rural America, offering an unexpected voice for a forsaken people: those who grow the food that sustains us. Mallett describes the film as, “…the story of many Americans straining against the ebb and flow of an uncertain economic system. I made this film to exalt the farmer, to challenge the stereotype, to celebrate the working class hero – the one who fights for sovereignty of labor and mind. There will be two screenings of Farmsteaders, Friday, March 6th, at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 pm. The film is 59 minutes. This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series. For more information about POV, visit the website at https://www.pbs.org/pov/.
In April the series continues with the 2019 documentary, The Biggest Little Farm by John Chester. The film chronicle the eight-year quest of John and his wife Molly as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Featuring breathtaking cinematography, captivating animals, and an urgent message to heed Mother Nature’s call, The Biggest Little Farm provides us all a vital blueprint for better living and a healthier planet. There will be two screenings, Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm and Sunday, April 5th at 2:00 pm. The film is 91 minutes and rated PG. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Learn more about Molly and John’s farm, Apricot Lane at https://www.apricotlanefarms.com/. Following each screening refreshments will be served and discussion encouraged.
For more information call 309.837.2750, text 309.837.2613, or email email@example.com. The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 South Lafayette Street, one block south of Macomb’s Courthouse Square.