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 series begins Aug. 1 with "From Mao to Mozart." In 1979, internationally acclaimed classical violinist Isaac Stern was invited to perform concerts in China and gave a series of master classes to talented Chinese musicians at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. It was an extraordinary cultural exchange, well chronicled in this classic documentary.

The 1981 "From Mao to Mozart" runs 115 minutes and is non rated. Upcoming in the series are: Aug. 8, “Lives of Others” (2006, Germany); Aug. 15, “Moving the Mountain” (1994, UK/Canada); Aug. 22, “The Official Story” (1985, Argentina); Aug. 29, “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