Cinema New Bedford showcases acclaimed films from around the world that feature great storytelling and a wide variety of perspectives. Join us each week to experience award-winning films that harness the power of feeling to entertain and enlighten. After each film, post-show discussions with the minds behind the film deepen our engagement with what we experienced on-screen and build community and connection.
July saw the "Best of the Fests" featuring film festival favorites. And, after a hiatus in August, September brings “Generation Kick-Ass” showcasing young people changing the world. Find the line-up below.
This series is curated by Mocha James Herrup, PhD, (they/them), founder of the New Bedford Film Society. Mocha James draws from their work as a film professor, arts and culture writer, and film festival programmer to bring films to New Bedford that audiences might not otherwise get to experience.
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta—a shy student with Asperger’s—in her rise to prominence and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her extraordinary wind-powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.
This film is part of September's "Generation Kick-Ass" theme and will feature a Q&A with a local activist following the film!
Well-fitting masks covering both nose and mouth are required for all guests regardless of vaccination status.
One of the most loved films of all time! Winner of Special Jury Prize at Cannes and Best Foreign Film Oscar.
Cinema Paradiso follows a young Salvatore Di Vita (Salvatore Cascio) as he discovers the perfect escape from life in his war-torn Sicilian village: the Cinema Paradiso movie house, where projectionist Alfredo (Philippe Noiret) instills in the boy a deep love of films. When Salvatore grows up, falls in love with a beautiful local girl (Agnese Nano) and takes over as the Paradiso's projectionist, Alfredo must convince Salvatore to leave his small town and pursue his passion for filmmaking.
Run time: 124 minutes
Best known for What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Chocolat, Sweden director Lasse Hallström broke onto the scene with this poignant, beautiful film awarded top honors by the Independent Spirit Awards, and for which Hallström was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award.
A boy (Anton Glanzelius), obsessed with comparing himself with those less fortunate, experiences a different life at the home of his aunt and uncle (Tomas von Brömssen) in 1959 Sweden.
Run time: 101 minutes
Tilda Swinton plays a less than perfect Russian émigré turned Italian matriarch in this luscious, multi-sensory contemporary classic directed by the director of Call Me By Your Name.
At a dinner - during which her husband, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono), learns that he and his son Edoardo Recchi Jr. (Flavio Parenti) are about to assume control of the Edoardo Recchi Sr.'s (Gabriele Ferzetti) lucrative business - Emma (Tilda Swinton) meets a chef named Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). Antonio and Emma soon find themselves in bed together. With the family already divided over the elder Recchi's unusual plans, Emma's affair is the wild card that might divide the family for good.
Run time: 120 minutes
Barry Jenkins’ bold and tender Oscar-winning film shatters any mainstream preconceptions about Black male intimacy, love, and mentorship.
Moonlight follows three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.
Run time: 111 minutes
Due to the film’s licensing agreement we cannot tell you the name of the film, or mention the main character or the actress who plays the main character. We can tell you that this is a beautifully French and quirky film that pretty much enchanted the whole planet at its time of release.
Run time: 122 minutes
One of the originators of “New German Cinema” along with Ranier Fassbinder and Werner Herzot, Wenders worked with actors Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton on this hauntingly beautiful unlike-any-other Texas road trip film. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Paris, Texas follows a disheveled man, Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton), who wanders out of the desert and seems to have no idea who he is. When a stranger manages to contact his brother, Walt (Dean Stockwell), Travis is awkwardly reunited with his sibling. Travis has been missing for years, and his presence unsettles Walt and his family, which also includes Travis's own son, Hunter (Hunter Carson). Soon Travis must confront his wife, Jane (Nastassja Kinski), and try to put his life back together.
Run time: 147 minutes
Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai creates his trademark nonlinear, atmospheric, boldly saturated aesthetic with this exceptionally well reviewed film. “There is no mistaking Wong’s talent,” writes Peter Travers of Rolling Stone.
Every day, Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) buys a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1, symbolizing the day he'll get over his lost love. He's also got his eye on a mysterious woman in a blond wig (Brigitte Lin), oblivious of the fact she's a drug dealer. Cop 663 (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is distraught with heartbreak over a breakup. But when his ex drops a spare set of his keys at a local cafe, a waitress (Faye Wong) lets herself into his apartment and spruces up his life.
Run time: 97 minutes
In good company with films like Citizen Kane and Bonnie & Clyde, Malick’s second film after the iconoclastic Badlands, which helped launch the “American Re-emergence” or “New Hollywood” of the 1970’s Days Of Heaven, was under appreciated when first released. But this epic film shot by acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler (Medium Cool, Coming Home, The Secret Of Roan Inish), starring a very young Richard Gere, written by Sam Shepard would go on to become a big part of the American film canon.
Days of Heaven is a screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. A story of love and murder told through the voice of a child and expressive images of nature in 1916. A steelworker flees Chicago after a fight with his boss; he takes his little sister and girlfriend with him.
Run time: 95 minutes
Given an unprecedented standing ovation at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and met with great praise from the likes of Roger Ebert (“…the genius of the movie is the way it sidesteps all of the obvious cliches or the underlying story and makes itself fresh, observant, tough and genuinely moving), Whale Rider tells the story of a 12-year old Maori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe.
Only males are allowed to ascend to chiefdom in a Maori tribe in New Zealand. This ancient custom is upset when the child selected to be the next chief dies at birth. However his twin sister, Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes), survives. At age 12, she enlists the help of her grandmother (Vicky Haughton) and the training of her uncle (Grant Roa) to claim her birthright. But to break with convention, she'll have to do the impossible: win over her ultra-traditional grandfather (Rawiri Paratene).
Run time: 101 minutes
Mocha James Herrup holds a PhD in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. They worked for many years as a full-time professor at the Austin Community College where they also co-founded the Peace & Conflict Studies program. Currently, Mocha James writes about arts and culture for the New Bedford Scallop and teaches Social Issues and Documentary as a Senior Lecturer at Suffolk University in Boston. In between Texas and the East Coast, they spent 2 incredible years in Seattle teaching as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington at Bothell and programming and organizing with Three Dollar Bill. Mocha James has programmed with other festivals including SXSW and the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, and their award-winning films have been screened on the Sundance Channel, at the Walker Art Center, Northwest Airlines, and in festivals around the world.