Film tells tale still much in the news

Aug 16, 2014
“The Official Story” won the 1985 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with weekly screenings at the summer time of 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

The movies, hosted by Erika Pfander, have the theme Politics of Oppression in August. The Aug. 22 film is “The Official Story,” a nonrated 1985 film that runs 112 minutes.

In the mid-1970s, Argentina carried out a brutal campaign of murder and torture against its own citizens. The film follows the wife of a wealthy businessman as she discovers her own daughter, adopted at birth, may have been stolen from a family of the disappeared ones. This film has increased resonance this summer, with the recent reuniting of Estella Barnes de Carlotto, founder of The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, with her grandson, who was abducted by government forces more than 30 years ago.

This month’s series will conclude Aug. 29 with “Z” (1969, France/Algeria). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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