International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27 at 1pm, movie theaters, churches, mosques, synagogues, universities, museums and community centers will screen Who Will Write Our History. This will happen across the world and on one single day. You can be part of this Int'l Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Paducah at Maiden Alley Cinema.

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. The documentary film tells the story of this clandestine group who vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda with pen and paper.

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They detailed life in the Ghetto from the Jewish perspective. They commissioned diaries, essays, jokes, poems, and songs. They documented Nazi atrocities with eyewitness accounts. They sent reports of mass murder to London via the Polish underground. Then, as trains deported them to the gas chambers of Treblinka and the Ghetto burned to the ground, they buried 60,000 pages of documentation in the hopes that the archive would survive the war, even if they did not.

Who Will Write Our History was written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg. The screening is at 1pm. And tickets are $8. For more information, visit maidenalleycinema.org. This movie is not rated.

Black History Month

All films for Black History Month begin promptly at 6 pm. The box office doors open at 5 pm.

Feb 7 - The Hate U Give

Sponsored by NAACP - Rated PG-13 | 2 hours & 13 min.

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Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

Feb 14 – Blackkklansman

Sponsored by Interracial Women's Group - Rated R | 2 hours & 15 min.

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In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first black detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department. He sets out to prove his worth by infiltrating the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) to go undercover as a white supremacist.

Director Spike Lee's drama was produced by the team behind Get Out and offers another provocative exploration of American race relation. maidenalleycinema.org/films/blackkklansman

Feb 28 - The First Grader

Sponsored by WKCTC office of Diversity & Inclusion - Rated PG-13 | 1 hour & 43 min.

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Set in a mountain village in Kenya the film tells the remarkable, true, and uplifting story of a proud old Mau Mau veteran, He is determined to seize his last chance to learn to read and write - and so ends up joining a class alongside six year-olds.

Together he and his young teacher face fierce resistance, but ultimately they win through - and also find a new way of overcoming the burdens of the colonial past.

The Film was directed by Justin Chadwick. maidenalleycinema.org/films/the-first-grader