WILLIAMSTOWN -- Images Cinema celebrates its 15th birthday as a non-profit organization during the month of April, and special events are planned to celebrate.
* "We Want to be Free! East Germans Rise Up," 1953, with filmmaker Freya Klier, on Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. Free admission. After Images post-film discussion with director Freya Klier June 17. 1953 marked a watershed moment in the Cold War and in the annals of East German communism: in Berlin and elsewhere, factory workers and other dissatisfied citizens of the German Democratic Republic organized mass demonstrations against their Stalinist leader Walter Ulbricht and his government.
Freya Klier is a prominent German political activist and documentary filmmaker. She is well known for her documentaries about resisters against communism and fascism. In 2012, Klier received the Bundesverdienstkreuz, Germany’s highest honor for civil service.
Sponsored by the Departments of German and Russian, History and Political Science, the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Bronfman Fund, and the Wiener Lecture Fund, the Gaudino Fund, the W. Ford Schumann ‘50 Program for Democratic Studies, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Williams College.
* "Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice" on Thursday, April 11, 7 p.
* "Chasing Ice" and post-film discussion with glacier expert David Dethier, the COOL Committee and the Center for EcoTechnology. April 22 at 7 p.m. Suggested Donation $5.
All events take place at Images Cinema, 50 Spring St.
For Images Cinema’s 15th Birthday as a non-profit, a goal has been set to reach 500 memberships. To encourage new members to join and current members to renew, the cinema is offering two specials. If you join or renew during the month of April, you will receive an free extra month of membership. And if you refer a new member, you will receive an extra month of membership (make sure they fill out the "referred by" line on the membership form). Membership forms are available at the box office, or can be mailed.
For each Friday in April, Images Cinema will have free birthday cake available with purchase of a ticket. Cake will be served while supplies last.
Visit imagescinema.org for more info.