Film Series

Latin American & Caribbean Film Today

Mondays, April 2, 16 & 23 at 7pm

The theme for the festival is “Race, Gender, and Political Dissent: Latin American and Caribbean Film Today.” It will showcase three recent films from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela, which will allow the audience to approach the plurality of Latin American and Caribbean societies in terms of race, gender, and political stances. All of these films have been awarded several prizes in festivals around the world, including Sundance, San Sebastián, Havana, and Guadalajara, among others. The film festival hopes to spark conversations on issues such as the incarcerated Black population in the Caribbean, the political repression in certain historical periods, and the vulnerability of population in hostile and precarious social environments. These are compelling and provocative tales of survival, resistance, determination, and transgression, some of them inspired by real events.


Carpinteros / Woodpeckers

Starring: Ramón Emilio Candelario, Judith Rodriguez Perez

Incarcerated in the Dominican Republic, an inmate uses sign language to communicate with his imprisoned girlfriend at an adjacent institution.

  • Director: José María Cabral
  • Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“José María Cabral’s arresting drama “Woodpeckers (Carpinteros)” could be called love in a pressure cooker, but that would be understating its vivid textures and palpable vitality.”

– New York Times

This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Special Showing

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Saturday April 28 and Sunday, April 29

From Academy Award-nominated Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, and director of When Marnie Was There and The Secret World of Arrietty – comes a dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.


Mary and the Witch's Flower

Matinee shows will be dubbed in English;
Sunday evening show will be in Japanese with English subtitles

Williams College professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature Christopher Bolton will introduce the Sunday, April 29, 8pm show.

Mary is an ordinary young girl stuck in the country with her Great-Aunt Charlotte and seemingly no adventures or friends in sight. She follows a mysterious cat into the nearby forest, where she discovers an old broomstick and the strange Fly-by-Night flower, a rare plant that blossoms only once every seven years and only in that forest. Together the flower and the broomstick whisk Mary above the clouds, and far away to Endor College – a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee. But there are terrible things happening at the school, and when Mary tells a lie, she must risk her life to try to set things right.

Based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 classic children’s book The Little Broomstick, Mary and The Witch’s Flower is an action-packed film full of jaw-dropping imaginative worlds, ingenious characters, and the simple, heartfelt story of a young girl trying to find a place in the world. Featuring the voices of Ruby Barnhill and Academy Award-winners Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent.

  • Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 1 hour 43 minutes
  • Genre: Animation, Fantasy

Special Showing

Agents of Change

Tuesday, May 1 at 7pm

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series.


Agents of Change

Starring: Danny Glover,

From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.

Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.

  • Director: Frank Dawson, Abby Ginzberg
  • Runtime: 1 hour 6 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The film is full of fascinating, archival footage, but its most important point is the central role that black students played in the fight to reform American universities: most notably, they pushed for the expansion of Eurocentric curricula to include intellectual contributions of other racial and ethnic groups, for the hiring of more diverse faculty and better recruitment, and for more humane treatment of students of color.”

– Mother Jones

Shown as part of the Davis Center Social Change Film Series

Film Series

Spotlight on Agnés Varda

Tuesdays, June 12 through June 26

In honor of Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, the Clark and Images Cinema present Spotlight on Agnés Varda, a three-part series featuring films spanning the remarkable career of the acclaimed Parisian director known as the “queen of the French New Wave.”


Le Bonheur

Starring: Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Marie-France Boyer

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s Picnic in the Grass and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists, Le Bonheur is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family. In a deceptively cheery color palette, Varda depicts a handsome young carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) living contentedly with his wife and children (portrayed by Drouot’s actual family), until he meets a pretty young clerk and the two begin an equally satisfying affair. But can these arrangements fulfill all involved?

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“For Varda, the charms of Impressionism are raw material that she subjects to analysis and criticism—it’s a film in which emotional life and sensual delight are seen through the prism of sociology, psychology, and philosophical reflection.”

– New Yorker


Cléo from 5 to 7

Starring: Corinne Marchand, Jean-Luc Godard, Anna Karina.

Varda’s second film follows young pop singer, Florence “Cléo” Victoire, through two extraordinary hours in which she drifts through 1960s Paris, awaiting the results of a recent biopsy. A chronicle of the minutes of one woman’s life, Cléo from 5 to 7 is a spirited mix of vivid vérité and melodrama, featuring a score by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

  • Director: Agnés Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 29 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

Cléo from 5 to 7 plays today as startlingly modern. Released in 1962, it seems as innovative and influential as any New Wave film..”

– Roger Ebert


Faces Places

Starring: Agnés Varda, JR

89-year old Agnes Varda, one of the leading figures of the French New Wave, and acclaimed 33 year-old French photographer and muralist JR teamed up to co-direct this enchanting documentary/road movie. Kindred spirits, Varda and JR share a lifelong passion for images and how they are created, displayed and shared. Together they travel around the villages of France in JR’s photo truck meeting locals, learning their stories and producing epic-size portraits of them. The photos are prominently displayed on houses, barns, storefronts and trains revealing the humanity in their subjects, and themselves. Faces Places documents these heart-warming encounters as well as the unlikely, tender friendship they formed along the way.

  • Director: Agnés Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“Faces Places is a one-in-a-million crowd-pleaser that deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible.”

– The Atlantic

About the director: Affectionately known as the “queen of the French New Wave,” Parisian Agnés Varda claims that she had seen virtually no other films before making her directorial debut, La Pointe Courte (1956). Instead, she was inspired by literature, photography, and, most importantly, painting. Inheriting the legacy of the women living and working in Paris during the time period reflected in the special exhibition Women Artists in Paris 1850–1900, Varda’s engagement with art has never wavered throughout her remarkable sixty-year career.