Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 7 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. September’s theme is Apartheid and Mandela.

The month’s series will conclude Sept. 27 with “Mandela,” a nonrated 1996 documentary that runs two hours. It recounts the astonishing story of Nelson Mandela, told in his words. Mandela was born into a divided South Africa, with the white Afrikaner minority in sole possession of political authority. His opposition to apartheid led to a 27-year imprisonment. Eventually released from prison, Mandela oversaw South Africa's transition to a genuine democracy and became its first black president.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Popcorns and drinks will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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