Oxnard Film Society List of Films 2019 January Shoplifters Japan The Guilty Denmark February Becoming Astrid Sweden Maria by Callas USA March The Wife UK Cold War Poland April Never Look Away Germany Woman at War Iceland Rafiki Kenya May Birds of Passage Colombia Ash is Purest White China June Amazing Grace USA The Third Wife Vietnam Working Woman Israel Non-Fiction France July The White Crow UK The Wild Pear Tree Turkey Photograph India In the Aisles Germany The Chambermaid Mexico August Trouble with You France Pavarotti USA Rojo Chile Maiden UK September Trouble with You France The Farewell USA/China October Honeyland Macedonia Toni Morrison Pieces I Am USA Official Secrets UK AGA Bulgaria November TBA Tba December Pain and Glory Spain
JUNE 3Amazing Grace
2019 USA 1hr 27min Documentary/Music Rated G In English
Concert footage from 1972 of Aretha Franklin performing songs from the best-selling gospel album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Film Sponsors: Susan Matsumoto and Mel Kennedy
"Amazing Grace, featuring Aretha Franklin at the height of her powers, is one of the greatest concert documentaries ever made. It reaches so far into transcendence that watching it becomes an almost ecstatic experience." -Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor Author
JUNE 10 The Third Wife
2019 Vietnam 1hr 36min Drama Rated R In Vietnamese with English Subtitles
In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May's hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.
"Gently dipping us into the long ago and far away past, Ash Mayfair's directorial debut brings an intimate immediacy to the re-creation of rural Vietnam in the late 19th century." - Jessica Kiang, Variety
JUNE 17 Working Woman
2019 Israel 1hr 33min Drama NR In Hebrew with English subtitles
Orna, (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny (Menashe Noy) who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by long time feminist filmmaker Michal Aviad.
Film Sponsor: Barbara Meister
"Working Woman" unfolds like a psychological thriller - a procedural that, as it tightens its grip, captures how workplace sexual harassment slowly takes over one woman's life." - Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times