On Thursday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m., Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., will screen “Rumi: The Wings of Love” and “The Master of the Carriage” in the Friends Community Room. Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice by calling 594-0310.

“Rumi: The Wings of Love,” a 34-minute 2002 film from Egypt. Director Shems Friedlander takes viewers into a secret world rarely seen by outsiders. Nearly eight centuries after his death, Mevlana Jalaludin Rumi, Sufi master and mystical poet, is internationally known through books, readings and the whirling ceremony of today’s Mevlevi Dervishes of Turkey. Friedlander was given unprecedented access to document sacred ceremonies not seen for more than 100 years, which were filmed in Cairo, Istanbul and the Garden of Rumi in Konya. In this extraordinary film, narrated by actor Peter Boyle, Rumi’s universal words and essence are seamlessly interwoven with his history and story of awakening.

“The Master of the Carriage,” a 42-minute Swiss film from 1997 directed by Cyril Lanier, offers an unusually beautiful parable presented through the wonder of stop-motion animation. It begins with an old-fashioned 19th-century carriage from which a crowd of strangers steps out. Thus begins a series of mythic adventures in which the driver must struggle to face his inner obstacles, all the while searching for a true master.

The evening is one in a continuing Thursday series of literary, film and cultural offerings sponsored by the library and Friends of the Rockland Public Library. Admission is free.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.