Children’s Penny Cinema 2010
2010 Cinema Schedule:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
The Songhai Princess- This is an exciting story of Princess Nzinga, the daughter of a 15th century Songhai emperor. Kidnapped from the palace by the Wicked Witch of the Mountains, she is rescued after many years and adventures by medical student Imhotep. Appropriate for all ages.
The Golden Goose – An act of kindness pays off when the simpleton of three peasant sons finds himself in line to marry a princess! All he has to do is meet three conditions that the king has set – but can he? Appropriate for all ages.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Ernest Green Story – The Little Rock Nine tried in September 1957 to implement the Supreme Court decision of Brown vs. Board of Education. What followed was nine months of chaos, hatred, and courage that would forever change those involved, especially Ernest Green, the only senior. Appropriate for ages 10 to teens.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Perfect Harmony – A moving story in which boyhood friendship and love of music overcome racial prejudice. Appropriate for ages 10 to teens.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Afro-Classic Folk Tales Vol. II – Through puppetry, animation and iconographics, Afro-Class folk tales volume two features the following favorite three tales in the Black tradition: Lion Meets Man, The Woodpecker, and High John the Conqueror. Appropriate for ages 5-12 years old.
Joshua’s Masai Mask – An inspiring story of a young African-American boy. Joshua loves when his uncle teaches him to play the kalimba, but when his family encourages him to perform in the school talent show, he knows he’ll be embarrassed because his classmates prefer rap. Appropriate for ages 5 to teens.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Koi and the Kola Nuts – Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg humorously retells this bright African folktale about the proud son of a chief who sets out to find his rightful place in the world. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.
Dear America: A Picture of Freedom – Clotee, a twelve year-old slave, is teaching herself to spell a word she’s never been able to understand. But no one can find out she can read and write – she could be beaten, sold, or worse. Appropriate for ages 5-12 years old.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Follow the Drinking Gourd – Based on the traditional American folksong, this compelling tale recounts the daring adventures of one family’s escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad. This touching story captures all the drama of a perilous flight to freedom. Appropriate for ages 5-12 years old.
Whitewash – When Helene Angel walks home from school with her older brother she is attacked by a street gang and painted white. The effect on Helene and her family is devastating. Inspired by actual events, Whitewash conveys a powerful message that transcends age and race, told in an entertaining way perfect for children of all ages. Appropriate for children of all ages.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Happy to be Nappy – This Emmy Award-winning feature shares poignant stories of special children who are empowered by their own uniqueness and correspond to real-life children. Appropriate for children of all ages.
I Lost My Tooth in Africa – This story recounts a child’s visit to Mali, where she loses her tooth. After she hides it under a calabash, she waits for the African Tooth Fairy to replace it with a chicken. When her patience runs out and she returns to the gourd to retrieve her tooth, a chicken and a rooster emerge. She is delighted. The strength and enduring warmth of her African extended family emerge fully through thoughtful detail. Appropriate for ages 4-7 years old.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Tuskegee Airmen – This is an excellent story of real people. It is not PC BS where all whites are bad and all blacks are good. Instead, it is about a great and valiant group of men, the first black combat pilots during World War II. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Veggie Tales: Big River Rescue – Tomato Sawyer and Huckleberry Larry’s life on the lazy river takes a turn for adventure when they help a stranger in need. With unexpected twists around every bend, they discover that while helping others may not be the easiest thing to do, it’s always the right thing to do! Appropriate for all ages.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Happily Ever After Fairy Tales: The Pied Piper – When the town of Hamlyn finds itself overrun with rats, the mayor and his council turn in desperation to a mysterious piper. They promise to pay him a fortune if he’ll rid them of their plague, but they deny him the gold when the rats disappear. Appropriate for ages 4-7 years old.
Happily Ever After Fairy Tales: The Frog Prince – Princess Ebony has a life that would make most people jealous. Her father, King Niger, gives her everything that money can buy, however, what the princess really wants are some friends of her own age. This story features the voices of Sinbad, Robert Guillaume, and Danny Glover. Appropriate for ages 4-7 years old.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Night John – When the master brings a new slave, Night John, to the plantation, young Sarny feels her life will change forever…and she’s right! When Night John teaches Sarny how to read she discovers the true meaning of freedom. Appropriate ages 10 years and up.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Free At Last: Civil Rights Heroes – The Civil Rights Movement in the United States is usually understood in terms of its leadership or of its dramatic events. But often the catalyst for progress were people who fought within a larger group or performed individually. These are some of their stories. Appropriate for all ages.
Films subject to change – for updated information, please call (773) 947-0600 ext. 225.