NORWAY – Teens are invited to the Norway Memorial Library on Friday nights to see award-winning independent films from around the world. Expect to read some subtitles – unless you know Flemish, Lebanese or French.

All showings are free and begin at 7 p.m.

• The film “Falling” will kick off the series on Jan. 30. Written, acted and produced by Maine’s Project AWARE Players, this film addresses the issues of teen prescription drug abuse and will be introduced by Oxford Hill’s Project AWARE Teens.

• “Arranged” will be shown on Feb 6. This film follows two young teachers in Brooklyn, N.Y. – one Muslim and the other an Orthodox Jew – as they become friends during a time when their families start the process of their “arranged marriages.” With pressures from family and the modern world, the young women strive to be strong and in charge of their own happiness, while keeping their deep religious and cultural convictions.

• “Under the Bombs,” will be shown on March 13. This is the March film in the Friends of the Library foreign film series, and teens are most welcome to attend. It takes place during a cease-fire in the Lebanon-Israeli conflict of 2006 when a Christian taxi driver and an untraditional Shiite woman find they have much in common, despite their religious differences.

• The April 10 movie is “The Grocer’s Son,” another in the Friends series. It is a story about Antoine, who must leave his life in the city when his father becomes ill and return to his family in Provence and the lifestyle he thought he had shed – driving the family grocery cart from hamlet to hamlet.

• The last film will be shown on May 8. “Viva Cuba” is a story of childhood friendship between Malu, a girl from an upper-class family, and her friend, Jorgito, son of a poor but proud socialist family. When Malu’s mother decides to move to the United States, the two children run away.

All films are open to teens in grades 9 to 12 and run about 1½. “Falling,” is open to middle-school ages and is a shorter film, however, the program should last a good hour.

For more information, call the library at 743-5309.


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