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Film Festival Begins At The Library As Part Of WestportREADS

The WestportREADS Film Festival kicks off Jan. 5 with "The Tuskegee Airmen."
The WestportREADS Film Festival kicks off Jan. 5 with "The Tuskegee Airmen." Photo Credit: Web

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library is hosting a film festival Tuesdays in January.

The festival is part of WestportREADS 2016, an annual program dedicated to connecting the community through the shared experience of reading.

This year’s book selection is James McBride’s "Miracle at St. Anna," a story of the all-black U.S. military division fighting in Italy during World War II.

The free films, exploring World War II themes, will be shown at 2 pm in the library’s McManus Room. The films are:

Jan. 5: "The Tuskegee Airmen." Laurence Fishburne stars in this film, which is based on a true story of the first squadron of black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. As the successful missions mount, the Tuskegee Airmen develop a reputation as an able, fearsome group of pilots.

Jan. 12: "Tea with Mussolini." This film is a 1999 semi-autobiographical film directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It tells the story of young Italian boy’s upbringing by a circle of British and American women, before and during World War II. Maggie Smith and Judi Dench star.

Jan. 19: "My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes." This 2014 documentary tells the story of the rescue of thousands of Italian Jews during World War II by ordinary and prominent Italians, including the champion cyclist Gino Bartali.

Jan. 26: "A Soldier’s Story." In this film, based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a black Army lawyer is assigned to investigate the murder of an unpopular sergeant at a Southern military base during World War II. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

WestportREADS is paid for by the estate of Jerry Tishman. For more information, phone 203-291-4800, or check westportlibrary.org.

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